I did it!

by jerseygirl on February 6, 2009 · 44 comments

You’ll have to excuse my absence for the last few days and I know I’m late at announcing my giveaway winners. It was a little bit of a crazy week. My son has been sick for the last 2 and a half days and we had a few middle school information nights as well as a book fair at our school. Since we were stuck in the house I thought I’d do something productive besides clean the house because who wants to spend their days cleaning?

What did I do? I finally baked my own bread. It is a lot easier than you think. I have been looking at some beautiful loaves around the blogosphere. Take a peek at Katrina’s from Baking and Boys or Anna’s from Cookie Madness. When I saw their no knead loaves I knew I had to try it myself. This bread was so easy that you can make it too. Check out the NY Times article that covers the whole process. The recipe is adapted from Jim Lahey and I ended baking mine on a pizza stone but used a chicken fryer cover as a lid. Next time I will try a Pyrex dish and see if it changes the shape or texture. Either way, you can’t go wrong. We had a wonderful crispy crust with a moist chewy inside. I did not have cornmeal so I used flour and the bread didn’t stick at all. A few pieces of this with butter ended up being my dinner. So much for healthy this time. Try it. You’ll like it!

And the winners of the juices are Guaranteed GF, Janet Faye and Cia Chow Linda. Congrats to all of you and please email me your addresses so I can mail out your coupons for the juice.

Check out the bubbling dough. I might have to throw together another batch!

No-Knead Bread
(Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery)

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

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed
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.
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.

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Donna-FFW February 6, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Lisa- Fabulous! It looks wonderful!!Especialy the picture with the butter melting into it.. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, and have heard so much about it. I’m glad you had success with it. I must put it on my list of things to try!!!

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black eyed susans kitchen February 6, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I am impressed! It looks wonderful. Was it as yummy as it looks?
♥, Susan

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Debbie February 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I have seen this recipe before and keep saying that I will try it. I have never made bread before so it will be a “biggie” for me when I finally muster up the courage and try it! Yours look great and very tasty!

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NatNibbles February 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

The bread looks great! I’m too lazy to make my own, haha.

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Kitt February 6, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Looks great! Congrats on your first bread! I love the no-knead method; it takes away the Fear of Baking.

You should try the Artisan Bread in Five bread, too. It’s the same concept, but a little more convenient, and you can add cheese and stuff.

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Janine February 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

That looks so good. Something has been going through my kids school too, praying it doesn’t reach my family:)

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kat February 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Good for you No Knead bread is really a good way to go.

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Sara February 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I love no-knead bread. Sometimes I add walnuts or olives to the dough.

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Mari February 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I’m hungry just looking at this! I’m copying this to try it. Thanks!

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Paula February 6, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Lisa … you did sooo good! I’m impressed. I love the rustic look of it, and I bet it tastes awesome. Gee, I might have to break down and make this. YUM! Hope your little fella is feeling better, and that your weekend is calmer than the past week!

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Elra February 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

yay…
Congratulaton dear, you did it. It was worth it, wasn’t it?
Cheers,
Elra

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HoneyB February 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Fresh baked bread straight from the oven, smothered in butter…yum….brings me some childhood memories!

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Bridgett February 6, 2009 at 8:58 pm

That last picture with the butter nearly sent me over the edge. Nothing like a gorgeous piece of break slathered in butter. So simple yet so delicious, at least to me.

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Bunny February 6, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Good for you! There’s nothing like homemade bread!!

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Stacey Snacks February 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Everyone is talking about this bread.
Sullivan Street Bakery has the BEST bread in nyc.
I still have not tried this, I wanted you to make it first!

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Talita February 7, 2009 at 6:27 am

Gorgeous! That bread looks really delicious! Even better with butter melting into it!

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Wifey Dessert February 7, 2009 at 7:59 am

Congrats on your first bread!! i haven’t attempted that yet and it looks so yummy!! great job!!

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Kaitlin February 7, 2009 at 9:04 am

HELLO!..that looks awesome! Great job.

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Foodie with Little Thyme! February 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

Oh I love to make bread and I love the smell of the house with baking bread.

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Veronica February 7, 2009 at 11:33 am

There is nothing like homemade bread! I hardly ever make it either…maybe this weekend…yours looks tasty I swear I could almost taste that slice with the butter on it!

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Katrina February 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Awesome. So glad you liked it. Such a cool bread/recipe! Huh! Looks great.

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That Girl February 7, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Congratulations on your first bread! It’s addictive isn’t it?

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Lucy February 7, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Congrats!!! Looks so good!! It’s an addiction for sure ; )

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Kat February 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

It looks wonderful! Your post inspired me and I have just put the ingredients together and will let rise until tomorrow. Do you think I could use 2, 3-4 quart baking dishes instead of one 6-8?

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giz February 8, 2009 at 1:21 am

Congratulations!!! This food blogging gig really does make you reach out a lot more than you ever thought huh?

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Pam February 8, 2009 at 11:48 am

I looks beautiful Lisa! I can’t wait to try this. I might do it today. Great recipe!

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EAT! February 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Oh we do so love fresh baked bread. But I eat way too much butter with a loaf or two.

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Dawn February 8, 2009 at 7:04 pm

No kidding! I am just like you when it comes to making bread–I’m a little shy. But yours really came out great. Did you like the taste???

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tamilyn February 9, 2009 at 4:05 am

Seriously? OMG-Yum!! I swear, there is nothing better on earth than fresh baked bread. When I was little, we would go to my aunt and uncle’s house (the farm) and have fresh bread, fresh milk from the bulk tank and I was in heaven!! The grocery store we frequent has a bakery and we stop after work (6 AM) once a week, and I just hang out in the back, smelling the bread…..I think even I can handle this recipe!

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natalia February 9, 2009 at 6:46 am

I’m happy for the new bread baker !!

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Maria February 9, 2009 at 11:40 am

The bread looks perfect! Nice Job Lisa!

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Allie February 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

You did a great job it looks so good! I have this on my list to try I can’t wait!!

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Meg February 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

It turned out amazing! I definitely will be trying this!

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Aggie February 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Oh Lisa, that bread looks fantastic!!! Great job! Bread making is one of those things I would love to learn to do better…

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Leslie February 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Looks delish..I have always been too scared to make my own bread!

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Colleen February 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Congrats! I still haven’t done anything more complicated than focaccia or pizza dough – but I need to do it soon!

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j & j dish it out February 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Wow! I totally want to make this now. I’ve always wanted to make bread but have been too scared. I have a really interesting recipe for beer bread. I might try them both this weekend. Thanks!

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j & j dish it out February 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Wow! I totally want to make this now. I’ve always wanted to make bread but have been too scared. I have a really interesting recipe for beer bread. I might try them both this weekend. Thanks!

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Jan February 13, 2009 at 12:20 am

Well done, Lisa! I’m impressed. I have never made my own bread, but this looks great. And who can resist bread still warm from the oven with lashings of butter – yum.

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Kevin February 13, 2009 at 12:37 am

Nice looking bread! I still haven’ tried the no knead bread.

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Jamie February 13, 2009 at 5:26 am

I love baking bread and I love the satisfaction of turning out a successful, warm, fluffy loaf. Yours is really wonderful looking! Perfect!

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Rosie February 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Oh my word Lisa your home baked bread is excellent!! Sliced and served with butter – food from the gods mmmmmmmmm…. well done sweetie!

Rosie x

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Kandice February 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Oh!! Bread is evil (makes me gain weight) but that looks too good to pass up!

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Maris February 16, 2009 at 12:24 am

Yum! I haven’t baked bread in awhile and I definitely want to try this one – I’ve heard such great things about the recipe.

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