Beautiful Bread

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This recipe made the MOST beautiful bread I have ever seen.   Of
course...the method and ingredients made me wonder....but WOW!

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No-Knead Bread


3 cups all-purpose or bread flour; more for work surface
1/4 ts instant yeast
1 1/4 ts salt
  olive oil; as needed
  cornmeal or wheat bran; as needed

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water,
stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Coat a second
bowl with olive oil. Transfer dough to oiled bowl and cover bowl with
plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, but preferably up to
18, in
a room about 70 in temperature. When surface is dotted with bubbles,
dough is ready.

Lightly flour work surface. Place dough on work surface and sprinkle
more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice. Loosely cover
plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

Sprinkle just enough flour over work surface and your fingers to keep
from sticking; quickly and gently shape dough into a ball. Generously
a cotton, non-terry cloth towel with flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran;
dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, cornmeal, or
bran. Cover with a second cotton, non-terry cloth towel and let rise
it has more than doubled in size and does not readily spring back when
poked with a finger, about 2 hours.

After about 1 1/2 hours, preheat oven to 450. Place a 6 to 8-quart
covered pot, such as cast iron or Pyrex, in oven as it heats. When
has fully risen, carefully remove pot from oven. Remove top towel from
dough and slide your hand under the bottom towel; turn dough over into
seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough looks unevenly
it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover, and bake 30 minutes.
and continue baking until browned, 15 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire

Contributor:  Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery

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intervention will be necessary. Bon Appetit!

Re: Beautiful Bread

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snip recipe for NY Times No-Knead Bread
Yes.  This is a lovely bread.  You should try it.  The directions tell it
exactly like it is and the method is easy.  The bread has a lot of flavor as
well as looks.

Re: Beautiful Bread
Janet B. wrote:
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... and almost embarrassingly easy!


Re: Beautiful Bread
On Sun, 11 Mar 2007 15:49:22 GMT, Dave Bell

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YOU are right.....   I have been trying for twenty years to get a loaf
like that.    My guess....trying to make "bread making" too
complicated.   And you don't have to measure the water temp!

Re: Beautiful Bread
The newspapers in Australia have also been calling it "their" recipe!  It
looks as though it has become really popular all round the world.  It's the
usual story - success has many parents but failure is an orphan.

The best thing about this bread is that it has fascinated by 9 year old who
can't believe she can make bread so easily.  After cooking, we slice it and
freeze it.  Then we pull it out one slice at a time and she takes it to
school for lunch.  It's the only thing she's eaten for the last few weeks.
Not sure how long this fad will last.

I was really pleased to be able to make a good heavy bread.  The closest
thing I've seen to it here is sourdough or turkish bread.  Being able to
make my own means I no longer have to try and find some as the best shops
are quite a distance from home (but worth travelling for).

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The baking technique is what is important, I think.  I now make most of my
bread using a Le Creuset at 450F.  The recipe however, is one of my own.

Re: Beautiful Bread
graham wrote:
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I made the no knead recipe here for the first time and it was the best
I've ever made.  I think the atmosphere is great here for bread
baking...and Naples bakeries make some wonderful sourdoughs so I'm going
to try that too.

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I often make a SD sponge with the leftover culture from when I refresh the
To the SD I add 100g bread flour and 70ml water, mix and leave for a few
hours or over night depending on my schedule.  I then add 280ml of water
400g of flour, 2tsp instant yeast (dissolved in the water) and 2 tsp salt,
knead proof and rise in the usual way.  During the second rise, I heat the
Le Creuset in the oven and when ready, tip the dough into the pot, slash it
and put on the lid.
The 400g of flour usually includes about 50g of rye flour.
It's not pure sourdough but then, I'm not a SD fanatic{:-)

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A lie.

That step in the middle where you fold the bread over
between risings?

That's still kneading.


Re: Beautiful Bread
Blair P. Houghton wrote:
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Agreed, but it's a FAR cry from the heavy labor of pressing and pulling
a few pounds of low-hydration dough for 10 minutes!

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Don't be silly.    That is a three second procedure....not 10 minutes
of kneading.   I am sorry that you are so contrary.....issues I don't
care to hear about.


Re: Beautiful Bread
On Sun, 11 Mar 2007 17:57:25 GMT, Blair P. Houghton wrote:

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Find me the definition that fits yours.  Here's s start:


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No it isn't. Either you do not know how to knead bread, or you do not
understand the NY Times recipe.


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