Easiest No Knead Bread Recipe

Easiest No Knead Bread Recipe

Sara Lee announced today that they will be raising bread prices again. (According to Reuters 2/19/08) Bread, of course, is a basic staple, so what is a thrifty person to do? Bake your own!!!!  There are a few ways to do these, but my favorite is the Easiest No Knead Bread Recipe below.
Three methods to do this:
There are a number of ways to go about this. First, and probably the easiest is to use a breadmaker. If you don’t have one already, the investment will pay off. The Breadman is a great option, but if you’re not up to buying one, you may find one cheap or free through Craigslist, Freecycle or garage sales.

The second way, which is the most work, is to make bread by hand the old-fashioned way. This is definitely the most difficult and takes the most skill. I personally have a heck of a time getting this type of bread to raise properly.

The third way, and probably the thriftiest is to use this no-kneading recipe. Sure, it takes about 24 hours to turn out a loaf, but the bread is delicious and the actual “work time” is minimal.

Easiest No-Knead Bread Recipe

3 C all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 5/8 C Water

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then stir in the water until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to rise for at least 12 hours (16-18 hours is better).

Next, place the dough on a lightly floured work surface, sprinkle with flour, and fold it in on top of itself twice. Cover this again with the plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, shape the dough into a ball. Coat a smooth cotton towel with flour and put the ball seam side down, dusting the top with more flour. Cover with a second towel and leave to rise for 2 hours. The dough should double in size.
30 minutes before the dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees and put a 6 to 8 quart heavy pot with a cover (pyrex, cast iron, enamel or ceramic work best) in to heat. Remove the pot from the oven and dump the dough ball seam side up into the pan. Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and back for 15 to 30 minutes or until the loaf is nicely browned. Remove from oven and cool on rack.



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  1. I certainly understand where you’re coming from about never being able to get the bread to rise properly when you’re doing it all by hand, and it was one of the most frustrating learning curves I ever dealt with, until my grandmother showed me how I was ‘just overthinking and overworking it’.

    Admittedly, I now use a bread machine at least 90% of the time, but once in a while I just feel like getting flour under my fingernails. I know, my friends all think I’m weird too.

    I saw an article on Mother Earth News a few weeks back called “Easy, No Knead Crusty Bread” that actually produced an excellent loaf that looks and tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen.

    Thanks for a great read!

    Michael Nolan

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