Almost, Almost No-Knead Bread
For my first recipe in my new Le Creuset, I decided to hop on the No-Knead / Almost No-Knead bread wagon…about 2 years late.
For those who haven’t heard of these two recipes, No-Knead Bread comes from an article in the New York Times and the Almost No-Knead Bread comes from a Cooks Illustrated recipe. They are basically both very easy recipes, with extremely simple ingredients, that produce deliciously good breads!
I read through both recipes, a bunch of blogs, and came up with this recipe below. It follows the Cooks Illustrated Almost No-Knead recipe pretty closely. I made a few modifications, to suit my preferences and to make the baking process a little easier and safer for my Le Creuset.
I first combined 3 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and 1/3 teaspoon of instant yeast in a bowl. Next, I added to this 1 1/4 cup water and 1/3 cup beer (in this case I used Sapporo Light).
I covered the bowl and let it sit on the counter for about 9 hours while I hit the sack for the night.
When I woke up I saw this…
I emptied it on to a floured cutting board, floured my hands and kneaded it for maybe 1 minute. Well not really kneaded, more like gently folded it over on to itself.
I put it back into the bowl which I had also floured and let it sit for about an hour. While this was rising I unscrewed the plastic knob from the dutch oven and plugged the hole with foil. I also, lightly oiled the bottom of the pot for some insurance.
About 10 minutes before the hour was done I put the dutch oven and lid into the oven to preheat at 375° F.
When the pot was nice and hot, and the hour was up, I dumped the dough into the pot and covered it with the lid. I raised the oven temperature and left it in the oven at 450° F for 30 minutes.
Here it is after the 30 minutes.
After this I removed the lid and left it in for about 15 to 20 more minutes.
And the result…
Yay, it worked! I couldn’t wait to take it over to my parents’ house and show off my creation that evening. But then Oahu had that major island wide power outage so we ended up staying at home and almost eating the whole loaf ourself!