Kristi's No Knead Bread

A few months ago I discovered the amazing thing called no knead bread.  I was skeptical at first, but after trying it the first time I was hooked!  I'm pretty sure this is the original one I used, and then this one as well.  As I said, these recipes produce amazing bread, but it seems that I don't have the ability to leave a recipe well enough alone.  One of the major changes I made is that I like a sweeter bread, so I add sugar and honey.  Here is MY version.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bread flour (I usually mix white and wheat half and half but use whatever you like, as long as its bread flour)

  • 1 tbsp instant yeast

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cup warm water

Throw all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.



Mix in the water. It will look like a mess!



Coat a large bowl or other container with oil and throw the ugly dough in it, turning to coat.



Cover with plastic wrap and leave out in a warmish (room temperature) place for 12-24 hours.  You will see it start to rise in a couple hours but leave it alone!



Once the allotted time has passed (you've slept and gone to work and come home probably), turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Turn the dough over on itself once or twice.  DO NOT KNEAD THE DOUGH!  All you are doing is bringing it together.



Now, you can either make one loaf using a dutch oven or cast iron skillet which will end up looking something like this



Or you can shape it and make loaves or rolls.  I was making baguettes this time, so I shaped it into two long logs.



Once its shaped you want to let it rest, covered with a tea towel  for about 30 minutes.  I didn't leave this one rest long enough and I'll show you in a minute what that does.

It will puff up a bit more as it rests.



Bake at 425-450 for approximately 2o minutes.  It does very well if you cover the pan in foil to hold in the steam, makes lighter, aerier bread.



Now, let me show you the difference  not letting it rest long enough and not covering it in foil makes.

Bread not rested well and not covered in foil



Well rested, "steamed" bread



See all the nice holes!  That's good bread!  (and yes, that one is mine too, just a different batch from awhile back)

I made some yummy french bread pizza from my bread for dinner tonight!



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