Ahhhh, a new year...time for resolutions! Oh, sure. I've got the usual ones like losing weight and eating better, and getting organized. But this year, I also resolve to learn how to make good, old-fashioned bread from scratch. You know what I mean, the kind you knead and work over and gently put in a loaf pan. (This may defeat the purpose of my first two resolutions.) Until I get started on this resolution, I'll just have to use this recipe for No Knead Bread. I figure it's a good place to start and it tastes so good. It's the perfect accompaniment to healthy soups ;-)
Here's what you need: flour, yeast, salt, and water.
Here's how you make it...Start by mixing the dry ingredients together.
Add in the water.
Stir to thoroughly combine. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 12-20 hours. I usually start mine the night before we bake it.
Two hours before you bake it, dump the bread dough onto a lightly floured surface.
With wet fingers, pull sides of dough to the center.
Bring the other sides in to form a rough ball.
Place the ball of dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap to rest for 2 more hours.
Remove from oven and cool the bread on a wire rack.Slow Cooked Beef Burritos.
No Knead Bread Recipe
3 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups water
Mix dry ingredients together. Add water and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest 12-20 hours. (I mix up the dough the night before I want to eat it) Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface ~ two hours before you plan on eating it. Using wet hands, fold the sides of the dough over the top and shape into a rough ball. Turn dough into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow dough to rest for another 2 hours. 30 minutes before the second rest is over, put a covered pot into the oven and pre-heat to 450 degrees for at least 30 minutes. Remove pot from oven and plop the dough in. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the pot and bake for another 15-20 minutes until bread reaches 210 degrees. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
If you've never made your own bread, I encourage you to try this one. It is seriously one of the easiest breads you'll ever make and tastes like those artisan breads you buy at the store. I love to hear the crackle of the crust as it cools on the wire rack. So, do you make your own bread? Do you have any recipes for a beginner like myself?