I LOVE baking bread, if not solely for the way it makes my house smell. It’s intoxicating. But, sometimes I don’t feel like spending all day devoted to kneading and rising the dough…this bread (thanks to my cousin Laura for the recipe) is the perfect solution. I was actually a little amazed it work out so well and it was so easy!
I wanted to try it out plain and simple my first time, but next time I make it I am going to add in pureed white beans and use half whole wheat flour to boost the nutritional value and fiber. The recipe including those additions is from my favorite cook book: Spilling the Beans. (*UPDATE*- I tried Spilling the Beans version of no knead bread )
Start by mixing the dry ingredients (recipe to follow) in a bowl, then add the water and stir with a wooden spoon to get a kinda sticky and shaggy looking ball like this…
Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 12-18 hours… until it looks like this….
It was pretty sticky, so I dusted the top with some flour so I could handle it better and gently gathered it into a bit of a ball and plopped it out of the bowl into the greased, hot casserole dish (I don’t have a dutch oven so I just used the liner of my crock pot and covered it with tin foil). Then I threw it in the oven and vuala! 30 min later I was greeted with amazing smells and this…
…. now I just need some butter!
4 Ingredient – No Knead- Bread
3 c flour – all purpose
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/3 c water ( I had to use a little more)
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Put saran wrap over top of bowl. Let if rise for 12-18 hours.
Preheat oven and pot/Dutch oven to 400 F
Add a bit of oil or butter to bottom and sides of pot.
Put bread dough in. It’s pretty sticky. I never try to form it I just plop it in the pot.
Bake 20 min covered. If not golden brown take lid off and bake 10 more minutes.