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Monday, January 08, 2007

New York Times No-Knead Bread

Heather, below is the bread recipe
I've been using to test my new white
Author: Bix
whole wheat flour. You may have
seen it, the recipe, it's been burning
up the internet since the holidays.
It's insanely simple. And the final Recent Commen
product is insanely artisan, given the
paucity of work behind it. Its creator,
Jim Lahey from NYC's Sullivan Street
Bakery, says an 8-year-old could do
it. I believe him.

Bread is a weakness for me. If I knew I only had a few days left on this bountiful, if slowly
melting planet, I'd succumb to the call of the loaf, I would. Crusty, chewy, a little salty, and
... oh!

Recipe: No-Knead Bread1

- From NYT's Dining & Wine Section, November 8, 2006

Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

Yield: One 1½-pound loaf

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed


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1 In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until
blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at
least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2 Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and
place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3 Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers,
gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth)
with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more
flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours.
When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back
when poked with a finger.

4 At least a half-hour before dough is

ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a
6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast
iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven
as it heats. When dough is ready,
carefully remove pot from oven. Slide
your hand under towel and turn dough
over into pot, seam side up; it may look
like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan
once or twice if dough is unevenly
distributed; it will straighten out as it
bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30
minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully
browned. Cool on a rack.

Note [mine, not NYT]: I've had better success with a higher oven temperature, something
between 490ºF and 500ºF. But I turn it down to around 450ºF after I take the lid off,
midway through baking.

Accompanying article, The Secret of Great Bread: Let Time Do the Work 1
- From NYTs, November 8, 2006

Accompanying how-to video, a must see:

Lavender Blue: Bix, Use more

flour or bran stuff. Lots of
it. You can brush it off later
when the bread is done.

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Accessing the NYT's Recipe or Article may require (free) registration.

Photos: Homegrown. Top is No-knead Bread using 100% all purpose flour. Below is No knead bread using 1/2

all-purpose flour and 1/2 white whole wheat flour.

Labels: Recipes

P os t ed b y Bi x at 1 /0 8 /2 0 07 08 : 18 : 00 AM

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