Sunday, February 17, 2008

A different kind of no-knead bread

Kris posted on her blog about "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day," with the recipe for the basic dough, as opposed to the sweet brioche dough I already used to make caramel pecan rollsand chocolate almond challah. (She also has videos in her later posts.)
You mix up the dough (6.5 cups flour, 1.5 Tbs yeast, 1.5 Tbs salt, 3 cups water), let it sit on the counter for a couple of hours, then refrigerate. I did that last night.
Today I cut off a hunk of dough, shaped it and let it sit for 40 minutes, then topped it with wheat bran, spicy sesame mix and salt. The recipe doesn't call for toppings other than flour, but I wanted to see how it would taste compared with the no-knead bread I'm used to making.

Also, the recipe says to put the dough on a pizza peel with cornmeal, then slide it onto a heated pizza stone and put a broiler pan in the oven with water in it. I don't have any of those things. But really, the whole dutch oven technique is supposed to duplicate the moist heat of a bread oven, so I just did that instead, cooking it at 450 degrees for 20 minutes with the lid on and another 10 uncovered.
Hey look! It's a nice, crusty loaf! This is indeed more convenient than the other method, since you can make a big batch of dough days in advance, and then make several loaves as needed throughout the next week or two.

I'll experiment with the next ones in shape and possibly fillings. Thanks, Kris! And thanks, too, to "Artisan Bread" authors Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François.

P.S. My parmesan long loaf variation came out great. And the red-pepper gruyère rolls? Stellar! And then there's the Nutella bread. Ohhhh my.

12 comments:

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Mu God, I'm off to stuff my face - oh wait I can't I'm dieting! Never mind I can just come by your place and gaze at you foodie works of art and have my fill!

Amy said...

Just bought that book and I'm so excited to try it. Love fresh-baked bread, but hate the kneading/rising process, so this should be right up my alley.

jhertz10 said...

Thanks so much for your comments; I'm Jeff Hertzberg, one of the co-authors of the book. Please visit us at www.artisanbreadinfive.com, where you can post questions and see what others have done with the recipes.

Jeff Hertzberg www.artisanbreadinfive.com

SteamyKitchen said...

beautiful!!

Blue Sandals said...

Looks gorgeous! Can't wait to try making it.

pinknest said...

oh it looks gorgeous!!! i want to plunge into that big crack in the crust.

Kitt said...

Thanks for the feedback! So glad you all could stop by. Jeff, great work on this concept. It's really neat.

Amy and Blue Sandals, let me know how your efforts turn out. MOB and pinknest, you should try it too (diet or no).

Kitt said...

Oh, and check out my parmesan variation.

Blue Sandals said...

Turned out great! I didn't even store it for a minute in the fridge, because I really wanted to see and taste the result. Thanks Kitt!

http://bluesandals.blogspot.com/

Kitt said...

Funny! It *is* hard to wait to bake once you've mixed up the dough. I almost made another batch of the parmesan bread this morning, but I want to let the dough develop even more, so I talked myself out of it.

Glad yours turned out well. Quite the time-saver, isn't it?

jhertz10 said...

Kitt: Thanks for the comment today on Bittman's NY Times blog!

Jeff Hertzberg www.artisanbreadinfive.com

Kitt said...

Boy, Jeff, you sure stay on top of all the Web buzz!