following the herd…

December 11, 2006

If you haven’t already heard about the infamous No-Knead bread that Mark Bittman wrote about in his column early in November, then you and I are both late to this party. So late that I won’t bother to write much, other than to add my voice to the ringing chorus of happy disbelief at how easy it is and how well it works. One caveat is that if you do make this bread and pull it out of the oven at 11 pm on a Sunday night, there is a very high probability that you will consume it along with a large quantity of good olive oil before you go to bed. I should also point out that jamming hot bread directly into your mouth will hurt, even though it may seem like a good idea at the time. article, update, video

Update: The recipe is behind the NY Times pay-per-view firewall (the video is still accessible), so here it is:

3 cups of all purpose or bread flour
¼ teaspoon yeast
1 short tablespoon salt
Mix all in a bowl large enough to let dough rise
Add 1 1/2 cups of water & mix well, but do not knead.
Will be sticky. Cover and put aside for 15-20 hours.
Flour counter top and dump dough on floured surface.
Shape into a thick, flat, patty and fold the bread over on itself.
Place seam-side down on a well floured dishtowel and let rest/rise for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees with (Dutch oven inside) for 30 minutes.
Place dough ball seam-side up in Dutch oven and cover with lid.
Bake at 450-500 degrees for 30 min. Remove lid and bake until bread is browned, remove.

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1 christine (myplateoryours) December 12, 2006 at

Read about it, heard about it, talked about it. I guess we are just going to have to give in and try it now. That image of the late night snack with the olive oil tipped me over the edge.

jared says:  be warned, it’s that good, and it’s addictive.  I was baking last night at 2 am and there are batches of dough rising in my kitchen even now…

2 veron December 14, 2006 at

ha..ha.., it seems you are also a victim of the late night no-knead bread club. The hubby and I did jam hot bread into our mouth and burned our fingers in the process. You cannot help yourself, what with the aroma of fresh bread all around you :).

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