I’ve been on a bit of a bread making kick this year. Last weekend I made a loaf of white bread (which turned out awesome) and some whole wheat garlic pizza dough (which turned out okay) and this weekend I wanted to make some homemade bread to bring to a friend’s fondue party on Saturday night, but I didn’t necessarily want to spend all day in the kitchen kneading it and waiting for it to rise (and I refuse to buy a bread machine). So I decided to finally try Mark Bittman’s no-knead bread! I had considered making this before but was a bit put off by the 18-hour rising. (I somehow could never do the math to figure out when I needed to start the dough in order to have it out of the oven in time, but on Friday I finally realized that if I started it by 6, I could have it in the oven by 4 on Saturday, and out of the oven and cooling by 5 !) (I am a genius!)
I watched the video and researched a few recipe tweaks before I started, but in the end I decided to just go with the professionals and do it THEIR WAY before making any changes. Halfway through, though, I started to regret this decision when my dough looked like this:
This recipe is totally crazy in that you mix the flour, salt, yeast, and water together (no proofing the yeast!) and then let it sit (covered) overnight for 12-18 hours. You then transfer it to a floured towel to rise for a couple hours, and then place (pour) the “loaf” into a piping hot cast iron casserole dish and bake it at like 5,000 degrees.
Our house is VERY cold and I thought my dough was a little runny to begin with, so my “dough” didn’t exactly look like everyone else’s. But I kept with it and just decided to bake it up anyway.
And it was delicious! Granted, it is not the most attractive looking loaf of bread, but it was so nutty and chewy and the crust was so! crunchy! It was a big hit at our fondue party. I didn’t have time to take a picture after we cut it up into cubes and before I knew it it was all gone (but if you’re really curious, it looked exactly like this)! I’ll definitely make this again! And next time? I wouldn’t even change a thing!