No Knead to be Nervous

Ever since I watched Cooked I have been on a journey of making my own bread.  I have had several successes and also several complete failures.  Turns out bread making wasn’t as simple as I expected.  Well, that’s until today.  I have been reading a lot about no knead bread and for a long time I just didn’t buy it.  How could you not need to knead it (see what I did there?).  But since returning from my trip I  was dying for some fresh bread, and I decided to try this new technique, what did I have to lose? Well damn, I am impressed.  This recipe was super simple, 4 ingredients, and although it takes some time, you can be doing 100 other things while you wait.  Seriously, if you want fresh bread but are nervous to try, start with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • flavorings (rosemary, garlic, anything) optional

How to:

  1. In a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, and salt together.
  2. Slowly add in the water and incorporate gently using a wooden spoon.  It should turn into a cohesive ball but shredded and shagged.
  3. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 8-24 hours.  I was going to make them after 8 hrs, but ran out of time so I put it in the fridge overnight.
  4. After the time is up, preheat your oven to 450.
  5. Place the dough on a well floured surface and with floured hands form into a ball. Then break into 6 pieces and gently form them into balls as well. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a dutch oven or a roasting pan, place it in the oven to preheat for the 30 minutes the bread is resting.
  7. You can place parchment paper in the bottom if you are worried about it sticking, but I didn’t have a problem.
  8. Once 30 minutes are up, with floured hands place the rolls in the pan.  If you are using a roasting pan, cover with tinfoil, if you are using a dutch oven, put on the top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes covered. Then for 7-15 minutes uncovered until deliciously golden brown.
  10. Try to exhibit restraint in eating all of these at once.

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