Easy NO-Knead Artisan Bread Pin It

MMMMM! Nothing like homemade bread and the way it makes your house smell!

Can’t beat that!

When I was little … my mom always made our bread.

I would see kids at school with their “Wonder Bread” sandwiches and thought… WOW we must be POOR! LOL!

Boy was I wrong… my mom knew what bread was all about and her pizza dough and yeast rolls… well all I can say is …. DAMN GOOD!

At my house today… we go through 2 loaves of store bought bread a day.

Four little mouths can eat a LOT!

So I’ve been trying to make what we eat and when we need it.

That way nothing gets stale and moldy.

My favorite kind of bread is the beautiful Artisan Bread Boules that you see in the store.

BUT…. those are so expensive and don’t really go that far.

Yummy Meatball Soup http://www.ClinkTimes.com I found this modified recipe on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it.

If you have a bowl + spoon + Dutch oven and 5 minutes… YOU CAN MAKE THIS!

I actually bought my sexy new Blaze ORANGE Dutch oven just for this purpose.

Up until today… I made everything BUT the bread in it… so I decided Sunday was THE DAY!

I started the night before because it has to sit on the counter for at least 12 hours.

I know what you’re thinking… and it’s OK. It is meant to ferment for a long time.

That’s what gives it the yummy flavor and BUBBLY texture.

Whose ready??

I know I am….

MMMMM! Someone pass the butter… I’m starting to drool over here!

Easy NO-Knead Artisan Bread

Easy NO-Knead Artisan Bread

Ingredients

  1. 6 cups bread flour (recommended) or all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  2. 1/2 t. instant or active-dry yeast
  3. 2 1/2 t. salt
  4. 2 2/3 c. cool water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated; the dough should be wet and sticky.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 12-18 hours on the counter at room temperature. When surface of the risen dough has darkened slightly, smells yeasty, and is dotted with bubbles, it is ready.
  3. Lightly flour your hands and a work surface. Place dough on work surface and sprinkle with more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice and, using floured fingers, tuck the dough underneath to form a rough ball.
  4. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with enough flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran to prevent the dough from sticking to the towel as it rises; place dough seam side down on the towel and dust with more flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran. Cover with the edges or a second cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.
  5. After about 1 1/2 hours, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot, such as a cast-iron Dutch oven, in the oven as it heats. When the dough has fully risen, carefully remove pot from oven. Remove top towel from dough and slide your hand under the bottom towel; flip the dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough looks unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  6. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes, until the crust is a deep chestnut brown. The internal temperature of the bread should be around 200 degrees. You can check this with a meat thermometer, if desired.
  7. Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Notes

NOTE to self... just when you think it is too dry and you need to add water... don't you will be amazed it turns out perfect. Just a few more swoops with the spoon and it will be perfect. PROMISE!

http://clinktimes.com/2013/02/24/easy-no-knead-artisan-bread/

slightly adapted from Jim Lahey’s My Bread As found on Frugal Living NW

Making bread for me is really relaxing… and when you smell it baking… it’s Just Like HEAVEN.

And when you pull it apart and see the steam rise and it hits your face…. that is unexplainable.

Sometimes we just make bread and eat it hot out of the oven. Really… nothing compares.

And the gratification of eating something that you made and knowing exactly what goes into it…. BONUS!

Especially when your kids say… can we have homemade bread instead of store bought?

Well that is the melted butter on the BREAD!

See for yourself… try it today!

If you try this recipe… please leave comments and tell me what you think.

Until next time….

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