Bread is a weakness for me. If I knew I only had a few days left on this bountiful, if slowly melting planet, I'd succumb to the call of the loaf, I would. Crusty, chewy, a little salty, and ... oh!
Recipe: No-Knead Bread1
- From NYT's Dining & Wine Section, November 8, 2006
Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed
2 Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
3 Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
4 At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.
Note [mine, not NYT]: I've had better success with a higher oven temperature, something between 490ºF and 500ºF. But I turn it down to around 450ºF after I take the lid off, midway through baking.
Accompanying article, The Secret of Great Bread: Let Time Do the Work1
- From NYTs, November 8, 2006
Accompanying how-to video, a must see:
Photos: Homegrown. Top is No-knead Bread using 100% all purpose flour. Below is No knead bread using 1/2 all-purpose flour and 1/2 white whole wheat flour.