With fall moving in and cooling off the rest of the northern hemisphere, it's still a warm 75-80 degrees every day here. We get a day or two of "real" autumn weather when typhoons pass by or when we're in their wake but it's usually short lived. I honestly forget to unpack my autumn decorations and candles unless I make a mental note or a reminder on my calendar. By the time the temperatures really cool off, it's almost Thanksgiving and it'll be pointless to scramble to do all of the autumn-y stuff because in just a few days it'll be time for Christmas decorations and recipes! So, I push through and cook fall themed recipes despite it feeling like summer outside. I figured you would appreciate my perseverance!
When I came across this bread, my jaw dropped. An artisan loaf which requires NO kneading whatsoever. Did my eyes deceive me? No, my yeast, carb, bread loving friends, no they have not. Where has this bread been all my life?? Like with my deadbecauseioverwateredthem pitiful little plants on the patio, I tend to have the nasty habit of over-kneading bread doughs, which of course result in yeasty little hockey pucks. Making a bread dough completely Jordyn-proof earns the recipe an A+ in my book, and this particular recipe earns a gold star on top of that! Straight to the front of the class, little loaf, you have become my star pupil!
Since I first found the recipe, I've made this bread about once a week. It comes out wonderful and delicious every single time. The biggest tip I have for you though is to flour the final ball of dough before you pop it into the dutch oven. I forgot to do that step just once and the bread glued itself to the pot. It was NOT very fun trying to pull that thing out of the pot. It's been deliciously wonderful for everything I've used it for, so it's possibilities are endless! Please promise me you'll make it soon and let me know how it turns out for you, ok? Ok.
No-Knead Artisan BreadBarely adapted from FrugalLivingNW
6 cups bread flour, plus more for work surface
1/2 teaspoon instant or active-dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 cups cold water
Cornmeal, for dusting
In a large bowl or lidded stock pot, 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. If it’s too dry, add another tablespoon or two of water until all of the flour is hydrated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, top with the pot’s lid if one fits. Let the dough rest 15-18 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.
Flour a work surface with AP flour, as well as your hands. 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.
Generously dust a tea towel (not terry cloth) with enough flour 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. Cover with the edges or a second cotton towel and let rise for about 30 minutes, until it just barely starts to rise again.
When the second rest is almost complete, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot and lid, such as a cast-iron Dutch oven, in the oven as it heats. When the oven is at temperature, carefully remove pot from oven and remove the lid. Lightly spray the bottom with Pam and dust with a light layer of cornmeal. Gently drop the dough into the pot from the tea towel and replace the lid. Do not worry if the dough looks lopsided or uneven, it will distribute itself as it bakes.
Cover and bake for 40-45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking about 5-10 more minutes, until a deep chestnut brown. The internal temp of the bread should be around 200 degrees. You can check this with a meat thermometer, if desired.
Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. It will sound like firewood crackling as it cools, how awesome is that? Use slices for whatever your heart desires.