No Knead Bread

Last weekend we had our belated “Beach Babes and their Boys” Valentine Dinner.  This has been a tradition for my Beach Babe group for years!

It is the one time of year we let our husbands in on some of our fun!

Shauna and Merrill are always our delightful hosts for the evening.

As usual, the table was beautiful!

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And the food was delicious!

We started out with these amazing grilled artichokes!  Not only were they delicious they were beautiful too!

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The main course was a medley of grilled vegetables – parsnips, sweet potatoes and asparagus and grilled chicken with an orange sauce.  As usual Merrill’s presentation was beautiful!

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My contribution to dinner was dessert.  I made individual Molten Lave Cakes for everyone.  I used the recipe from Our Best BitesCheck here for the recipe.

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Everything was delicious but my favorite part of the meal was the amazing Artisan style bread Shauna made!

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It has a beautiful crispy crust and is moist and chewy on the inside – perfect!  I loved it so much I have made it twice since the party last week!

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The recipe for this bread originally came from Sullivan Street Bakery and was featured in the New York Times by food writer Mark Bittman in 2006.  I remember seeing it in the paper and all over the internet at the time but never gave it a try.

The bread is incredibly easy to make because there is no kneading – all it requires is a little planning and time -about 12 -18 hours to be exact!

After mixing it up your dough will be VERY sticky!

Bread

I mixed up the dough the night before and let it rise all night and through half of the next day.  Small, bubbles will form on the surface.  I got distracted by a phone call and forgot to take of a picture of it before I turned it out onto the floured surface.

Bread (1)

After just a few turns on the floured surface it is covered with plastic wrap and left to rest for about 15 minutes.

Bread (2)

Then transfer it to a well floured towel and cover with another towel and let it rise for 2-3 more hours, until doubled in size.

bread on towel

After rising you transfer it to the hot, 3 to 6 qt. heavy covered pot (see directions below) and bake for 30 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered.

Baking the bread covered allows the steam to create a bread that is chewy yet has an amazing artisian style crust.

If you have never attempted yeast bread before this is the recipe to try.  I really think it is pretty much no fail!  And yes – it is only 1/4 tsp. of yeast!  That is not a typo.  It does use the rapid rise yeast although Smitten Kitchen says you can substitute 1/3 tsp. of regular yeast.

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No Knead Bread
 
Ingredients
  • Yields one 1½ pound loaf
  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon rapid rise, instant yeast
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt
  2. Add 1⅝ cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
  4. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice.
  6. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes
  7. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball.
  8. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal.
  9. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours.
  10. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
  11. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450°.
  12. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven.
  13. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K.
  14. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  15. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned.
  16. Cool on a rack
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    Now THAT is a fascinating artisan recipe. I’ve been dinking around with several from Peter Reinhart’s book, but this is unlike any of those. I will definitely try this one – thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I’m giving this a try…
    amazon.com delivered my Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois last week…and I’ve now received the 5 qt. lidded container in which the starter will be started…and now I’m waiting for room in my refrigerator to HOLD the 5 qt. container!

    This looks much easier, although the concept of “sourdough bread in 5 min” and their method is inspired.

    I’ve been baking bread for my family for over 50 years…always looking for new and better ways to do it. Arthritis causes me to really appreciate the no-knead methods, although I always found something very soothing about that process.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Amy says

    Thanks for reminding me of this recipe. I’ve made this no knead bread before and it is great!
    The only problem is, I can eat the whole loaf!
    This is great with any Italian main dish but my favorite thing to serve this with is Pasta e Fagioli.

    (I think I’ll start a loaf of this for Sunday.)

    BTW, your pictures are always so pretty.

  4. Valery says

    I just made this and it is soooooo good! I can’t stop going into the kitchen and cutting another slice. YUM!

  5. Jessica6903 says

    I think I’m going to start this bread on Friday to make this Saturday! It looks so yummy. Today I found a step by step video of this exact recipe on the Williams Sonoma website advertising the LeCreuset Dutch.

  6. says

    I’m going to try this bread, I am afraid of yeast breads, always afraid I will mess it up. I tend to steer clear of these types of recipes, but you make it look so easy! My daughter is afraid of candy thermometer recipes. HAHA, we make a find pair.

  7. Rena says

    You have a fun website and many great ideas! This bread looks and sounds awesome, but please tell me what the best heavy covered pot to purchase–if you don’t have one ( doesn’t cost an arm and a leg)??? What did you use?

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