Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No-Knead Bread Making 101

I've made a lot of bread in my time. My husband studied the art of making sourdough starter to the point where I couldn't stand to hear another word. He was even considering taking his starter to bed with us to keep it warm. (OK, that’s an exaggeration, but he did tell me that’s what they used to do in the old days.) To be honest, I’ve always been a little disappointed with our homemade bread. Many a loaf has come out so dense and heavy that you’d rather play football with it than eat it. But I have finally found the most brilliant, fool-proof, scrumptious deliumptious recipe. I spotted it in Martha Stewart Living last month and just knew it was going to be a winner. This whole-wheat recipe is from My Bread by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste. It does not require any kneading, but you must (and I mean must) cook it in a Dutch oven for the most perfectly crunchy crust and a light and airy inside. I’m talking easy, heavenly success—not to mention a load of savings compared to fresh bakery bread. You must try it--trust me!

PS: For an inexpensive and very reliable Dutch oven check out Lodge, which is what I use (shown above), and I'm so in love with it I just might take it to bed to keep us warm.

5 comments:

Southern Lady said...

I saw that recipe too. I'm glad to hear from someone who has actually tried it. My husband is diabetic, so a whole wheat bread recipe is what I needed. Thanks.

Roseanna said...

I have Jim Lahey's book and the recipes are wonderful.
I have been baking bread for many years but, his techniques are fun as well as successful!

Andrea Dekker said...

Yes, this is a GREAT recipe. I love baking bread and always try to "mix it up" a bit...so I sometimes add 1 cup of shredded aged cheddar cheese and lots of chopped fresh sage. It's amazing (if you like those flavors!)

NoviceLife said...

PERFECT timing! I have been trying bread recipes for EVER now and mine always come out in heavy, dense football fashion :( I cannot wait to get home and try this one.

Carey said...

What a gorgeous loaf of bread! We also eat only whole grain, and though we've made whole grain bread that's quite nice, we haven't really found "the one" yet. Maybe this will be it!