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No Knead Bread Recipe

This no knead bread recipe produces a lovely crusty loaf. However, you do need to do some planning ahead.

Trivia: According to Wikipedia, a kneading is the process that gives bread its texture.

Tip #1: To convert these measurements to metric, please refer to this online Cooking Converter

No Knead Bread Recipe

This recipe makes one loaf.

Ingredients

3 cups of flour (bread flour is recommended)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/3 cups of cool water (approximate amount)

Method

Mix together the flour, salt and yeast. Pour in the water and stir with a wooden spoon for about half a minute. The mixture should be sticky. If it is not sticky enough, add more water until it is.

Cover your bread dough and let it sit at room temperature until it is twice the size and covered with bubbles. This can take 12 to 18 hours.

When the dough is ready, using a rubber spatula or similar tool, push the dough towards the center of the bowl. The dough will be sticky and will pull out in long strands. This is how it should be so avoid the temptation to add flour, other than lightly flouring your hands. Do what you can to tuck in the edges of the dough and to form a round shape.

Turn your dough out onto a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper. Put the seam side down and cover the dough with a towel. Be sure the dough is not sitting in a draft. Allow it to sit again until it doubles in size. This could take between one and two hours.

Towards the end of the second rise, preheat your oven to 475°. Put the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and put a covered, heavy pot in the rack's center. The pot should be able to hold 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 quarts.

When the dough is ready and the pot is well heated, remove the pot from the oven and place the dough into the pot. To do this, gather up the corners of the parchment paper and lift the whole thing into the pot, paper and all.

Replace the lid on the pot, put it back in the oven and bake for half an hour. At this point, remove the lid and continue baking until done. This should take an additional fifteen to thirty minutes. Please note that cooking times vary so watch and use your judgement. The top of the loaf will be a nice brown when the bread is sufficiently baked. As with any bread, you can test by knocking the top lightly with your fingertips. It produces a hollow sound if the bread is done.

Remove the bread from the pot. Put it on a rack to cool. Allow it to cool for at least an hour before cutting or slicing..

How simple this that? With very little effort, you can bake an excellent loaf of no knead bread every day if you wish.

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