17 February 2009

easy peasy no-knead bread

Until there is ample counter space for proper bread making, I will follow this easy peasy No Knead Bread from the NYTimes. The first no-knead recipe was posted a few years ago but now they've posted an even quicker recipe here. Of course, I used the quick recipe because of low patience.

Basically, just mix up 3 cups of bread flour, a packet of instant yeast and 1 1/2 cups of water together in a bowl. (Re: instant yeast, follow directions on packet. Trust me.)

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 4 hours at room temperature.

Glop it around a bit and let it sit 30 more minutes and then bake it (see recipe for actual directions and go here for some secret tips and warnings, though she used the original recipe and I used the quicky one).

I added some dill, because why the hell not? Except for that the boy apparently could have done without the dill. Welp, he's SOL on that one. (Besides, you could barely taste it.)

Slice 'er up. Make a delicious panini with turkey, cheddar and apple slices, if desired.


  1. Your bread looks delicious. Dill is one of my favorite herbs. As for the boy, well I guess he is a chip off the old block. While his palate has expanded, I’m sure he still doesn’t like pickles. For some reason his dad thinks of pickles if I season anything with dill. Would you agree that nothing goes better with a crispy panini than a crunchy pickle!
    On another note, I recognized and I loved your silhouettes

  2. That would be delicious with cheese fondu ;)

  3. Lori- I'm not even a big pickle fan but I love dill! I don't see how you can't! Oh well, he ate the bread anyway. I'll bring a dill-free loaf next time we're up in Plattsburgh.

    Lauren K- Thanks!

    Sparty- Agreed, it would be delish dunked in a bubbling pot of cheese. Do I hear another fondue party in the works?

  4. YES. I am such a NKB fan now. I'm making it weekly and I'm sure I'll be a fattie from it and I barely care.

    Incidentally, I have some dill in the fridge which will now go in this week's bread.

    Thank you for that.

  5. OK, small problem. I can't seem to find any instant yeast. Any suggestions as to which store might carry it?

  6. Hmm, I found it in my regular grocery store (which for me in NY, is Hannaford but I know it is at Price Choppers too if you have one around). It should be near all of the flour and baking ingredients, in little individual packets a bit smaller than a Kool Aid packet. Small enough you could miss it. I wonder if there is a different kind of yeast you could use in this recipe?

  7. If you like the recipe from the NYTimes, you should try the recipes from Nancy Baggett's kneadlessly simple bread book. She uses the same no knead method. The recipes that I have tried have come out great everytime. Here's her website www.kitchenlane.com It has a recipe archives as well as a link to her blog. Happy Baking!

  8. I stumbled across this yesterday (originally found your blog via All Over Albany) and attempted to make the quick recipe with whole wheat bread flour. It didn't exactly rise enough, but still tasted good! Then I tried the original version with regular bread flour and it turned out great...thanks for sharing!


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