Monday, November 24, 2014

Bread making for beginners




So.. I got a little sucked into watching the numerous food and farming documentaries they now have on Netflix and I got a little inspired.  After viewing a certain Ted Talks about bread, I think it's safe to say that I was drinking the kool aid a little too much and instantly sought out a plain and simple basic bread recipe.  I filed through countless recipes but none of them seemed "authentic" or easy enough for me until I stumbled upon this whopper.  It requires only 3 ingredients and very minimal effort so we can skip to the eating part without breaking a sweat from kneading it all day.  Yay!  I modified the 'no-knead crusty artisan bread' recipe from The Comfort of Cooking blog, and I was completely shocked when my bread came out EXACTLY like hers on the first attempt!  I'll be keeping this one. 

No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

Directions:

  1. Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add warm water and stir until all the flour is wetted thoroughly and the dough forms a cohesive mass.  Do not overwork the dough! (Shouldn't be a problem for us lazy folks)
  2. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and and let it sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours.  The dough will rise and get bubbly. 
  3. Preheat your oven to 450F and place an uncovered dutch oven in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.** 
  4. Turn the dough on a floured surface with floured hands and form it into a nice ball.  Let it sit until the dutch oven is heated through.   
  5. Place the dough into the heated dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes with the lid on.  Remove the lid and bake for 7-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 
  6. Remove the bread and chop it up with a sharp knife. 

I ate my hot, crusty, fresh bread with butter and marmalade and will be eating it later tonight with some soup.  It was delicious! 

** I also didn't have a dutch oven, so I used a circular glass casserole dish with a lid.  It worked just fine! 

Find the original recipes and additional photos here  at the Comfort of Cooking blog. 

If you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out!  I hope you are as excited about this as I am :) 

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