Sunday, October 3, 2010

No Knead Bread

As promised, I am posting another bread recipe.  This beautiful fall weather is perfect for baking bread and this loaf is nice and dense to eat with a good soup or chili, or just by itself.  I was introduced to this technique by an interesting lady who couldn't eat, but read food magazines and recipe books all day preparing for when she could.

This is an easy recipe that doesn't take too much actual working time, but you do have to plan ahead to allow the bread to rise and rest in the fridge overnight.  I have made it several times and have frozen the loaf for up to 3 months with great results.  The dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 14 days and tastes more and more "sour" the longer it sits.  I usually can't wait that long to cook it all though.

This will make about four 1 pound loaves.

**Use a large Tupperware and wooden spoon:

**Stir together:
3 c lukewarm water
1 1/2 T granulated yeast
1 1/2 T kosher or coarse salt

6 1/2 c unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour

**Stir until moist and uniform, do NOT knead.  Cover with a lid that fits well but is not air tight.
**Allow to rise at room temperature until it begins to collapse (about 2 hours).
**You could bake this bread at this point but it is easier to work with if refrigerated 3+ hours.

To bake:
**Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or use a pizza stone sprinkled with cornmeal.  If you use a pizza stone you must preheat it; therefore you will put the loaf on a pizza peel to rest before sliding it into the oven.
**Sprinkle the dough with flour, pull off a 1 pound piece of dough
**Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all sides, this should take 30-60sec.

**Place the shaped loaf on the silpat or pizza peel and let rest 40 minutes.  After 20 minutes passes preheat oven to 450 degrees F. and place a broiler pan in the bottom of the oven.
**Dust the loaf with flour and use a knife to slice a design in the top of the bread about 1/4 in deep.
**Once the bread has rested 40 minutes place it in the bottom 1/3 of the oven.  Quickly but carefully pour 1 cup of hot water into the broiler tray and close the oven door to trap the steam..
**Bake 30 minutes or until the crust is browned and firm to the touch.  Cool before cutting.

Store the remaining dough in the refrigerator and use it over the next 14 days (if it lasts that long).

I wish you enough!


  1. Looks DELICIOUS! Have you tried making seed or herbed bread this way?

  2. I have. You just add it at the beginning, but that means that you get 4 one-pound loaves of it... or you can halve the recipe and just get one or two loaves depending on size. It's great! Looks like you are a good cook so just add as much as you want.