Tuesday, February 10, 2009

jim lahey's no knead bread

After making bread for the first time last fall, I was filled with lofty aspirations of becoming a full fledged yeast baker. Visions of sandwich loafs and cinnamon rolls and baguettes danced through my head, and I was convinced that I would never let another processed carbohydrate pass across my lips.

Needless to say, that dream was short lived. No sooner was my loaf was gone, than I was back to my old, Arnold Sandwich Thin loving ways. Sure, my bread was good. And I guess it wasn't all that difficult to make. But when you compare all that time spent kneading (okay, okay, the KitchenAid did the kneading...but I had to haul it out! And wash it by hand!) to pointing and clicking on Fresh Direct, it seemed like a lot of effort for a small improvement in taste.

Enter Jim Lehey's No Knead Bread. I know that this bread has been written about ad nauseum, but I could not resist adding my voice to the chorus. Because this bread changed my life. Not only is it delicious--light and airy inside and rich and crusty outside--but it is also one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. Ever. Seriously.

And while I'm no longer deluding myself into thinking that I'll never touch another piece of store bought bread ever again, I think that I can confidently say that I will be making my own crusty white loaves from now on. This bread is just too good and too simple not to.

No Knead Bread
Recipe by Jim Lahey, via The New York Times


n.o.e said...

I made this bread and LOVED it too! I'm behind on my blogging, so it won't be up for a couple of weeks. I had issues with shaping it; yours is so pretty and round. I also need to keep looking for the right pan. I've read that people use their crock pot insert which I might try next.

Anonymous said...

I knead (ha ha) to make this bread. Your loaf looks perfect!