No Knead Bread and Resolutions

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.
30 minutes before the 2nd rest is over place a covered pot in a 450 degree oven. After the pot has preheated, remove the pot and drop in the dough.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover the pot and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread reaches 210 degrees.
Remove from oven and cool the bread on a wire rack.
Slice and serve with your favorite bowl of steaming soup, like this one made from leftover beef from 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?

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18 comments:

  1. Yum, this recipe is out of this world good!!

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  2. I always think I can't make bread - I might give this one a try - looks tasty!!

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  3. Love the crust on your bread! I've been making variations of no-knead for years and it's great! One of my hopes for this year is to learn/find a really good yeast roll dough that can be shaped and frozen, we'll see how that plays out. Happy 2013:@)

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  4. This looks so good I think I will have to make bread again. Sometimes I get out of the habit and I have to kick myself back into it.

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  5. It looks delicious! I am not much into resolutions, but organization is always a goal!

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  6. I think this looks super easy and would love to try it. I see that you have the bread in the oval baker from Pampered Chef. I have the round one; could I cut the recipe in 1/2 successfully do you think? We make loaf bread all the time but I love the look of artisan bread!

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  7. I love making this bread!! We throw a handful of roasted/salted shelled sunflower seeds in ours...yummy!

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  8. I used to make this and had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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  9. Oh Nici, this looks so good! I make bread frequently (just made a couple of loaves the other day) but believe it or not, I've never made a no-knead bread. This one looks so good, I'm going to give it a try tomorrow. I'll come back and let you know how it turns out!

    Debbie

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  10. Hi Nici,
    Oh my goodness, I can almost smell and taste this bread, it looks so warm and inviting. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. Oh my goodness, you are killing me here, Nici! The Man and I are and have been doing "low-carb" since Halloween, and bread is definitely not on the meal plan. That looks so delicious and so does your soup!

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  12. Hi Nici, The bread looks fabulous and I'll be saving the recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party and check this weeks party for your feature.
    xx, Sherry

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  13. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational recipe with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

      We can't wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon! http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/01/12/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-15/

      Thanks for the inspiration!
      Susie @Bowdabra

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  14. Hi Nici, I've been meaning to get back to you on this for so long! I wanted to let you know that I made this bread, and it was PHENOMENAL! I can't believe a bread that good was that easy! I have to confess though, I kept forgetting to start it the night before, so I cheated a little bit. I started it first thing in the morning and kept it in the oven with the light on and a pan of hot water underneath to speed up the process. It worked like a charm. The bread was so delicious...crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with us. This one is going in my favorites pile!

    Debbie

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  15. I need No Knead! Looks great and I can smell it baking...nothing better. Pinned.

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