Saturday, October 18, 2014

I have always been afraid of baking bread

till yesterday at least,  when i decided to go for it.
I always thought that it required to much time and i have been an impatient man,
but everything came together and this is what i went with

No-Knead Bread
makes 1 loaf
·       3 cups all purpose flour
·       1 packet active dry yeast
·       1-1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
·       1-1/2 cups water
·       1 tablespoon olive oil

Add flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
Add 1 1/2 cups of warm water (between 90-100 F and mix.
This should be a thick, gooey dough.
Cover with a damp towel and leave it in a warm spot in the house.
Let it sit for 3-4 hours until dough has doubled in size.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and sprinkle flour on it.
Knead two or three times to form it into a ball.
Coat with a teaspoon of olive oil to prevent sticking, and place back into the bowl and let it rest for 15 minutes covered.
Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
Place a Dutch with the lid on in the oven and allow to heat up for 15 minutes.
Uncover the dough just before placing it carefully into the heated pot.
You will hear a sizzle, this forms a crust on the bottom of the loaf. Cover the pot with a lid and bake undisturbed for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake for another 15-20 minutes until it’s beautifully browned on top.
Remove pot from oven and carefully shake to loosen the loaf before tipping it out onto the counter, then cool on a wire rack.