I first posted about the recipe earlier, but didn’t re-link when I mentioned it a week ago. My apologies. Wadsbone and I are churning out loaf after loaf, for our friends and ourselves. We’ve altered our grocery list to encompass delicious things to eat with this bread. Fantastic cheeses, hummus, and jam are the top favorites right now. We also burnt our first loaf last night. We were both more upset that we were willing to admit.
The best bread ever recipe is here. It’s highly probable that I’ll get in trouble for posting the exact recipe, cut and pasted, but because not everyone wants to subscribe to NYT online, I’m going to do it anyway. Viva la Anarchist Librarians.
There’s also an article written about the bread, and the video showing how to do it. Unfortunately, I believe you need to have more than the free registration. Forget that: here’s the recipe:
Recipe: No-Knead Bread
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
Time: About 1Â½ hours plus 14 to 20 hoursâ€™ rising
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
Â¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1Â¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.
1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. 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. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. 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. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. 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. 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. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.
Yield: One 1Â½-pound loaf.