I am the kind of person who loves going to those restaurants that promise a big bread basket. I would happily eat just bread and butter three times a day. Lets just say bread holds a significant place in my life.
As much as I love eating bread, I hate kneading doughs. So I was very excited to discover this No Knead method of making bread. The first time I made it, my husband loved it so much he declared it the best thing I have ever made. I am so incredibly happy with how simple and beginner-friendly this method is. And it’s delicious! You can totally impress your friends and family with this one.
You will need:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon instant dry yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups water
Yield: one 1 1/2 pound loaf.
In a large bowl mix together flour, instant yeast and salt. Next add water and mix until it forms a dough.
Mix until all the dry ingredients are combined. You don’t need to over mix. Next cover your bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 12-18 hours. If the dough sits for a few hours longer that’s okay.
Heavily flour your work surface, I placed parchment paper on my counter top to avoid a mess. Place your dough in the center of the flour and form a big ball, heavily floured.
Cover with plastic wrap again and let sit an additional 1-2 hours. When your dough has thirty minutes left of this rising period, pre-heat your oven to 450F. Place a stainless steel pot or an oven safe bowl with heat-proof lid in the oven to heat up. (or use aluminium foil to cover the bread later if you dont have the lid). Its best to use a french oven if you have one, but I didn’t.
After 30 minutes, carefully take your very hot pot out of the oven and place your dough inside. I placed mine in a little sloppy due to a cute one-year-old boy tugging on my leg. Do not grease the bottom of your pot. It will smoke. You can line the pot with parchment, but it is not necessary. Cover with lid and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let bake an additional 10-15 minutes uncovered.
Remove from oven and place your beautifully crusted and incredible smelling bread onto a cooling rack for a few minutes or just cut right into it and enjoy while hot and fresh.
There you have it. Easy, no knead bread. Give it a try and lemme know how it goes!