NY Times No Knead Bread
Before I made plans to go to culinary school, 10 years ago, I originally wanted to go to pasty school. After thinking about it I thought a full on culinary school would be better since it would touch on some pasty. Then after a few years I would attend a pastry school. Well that never happened and I’m fine with that. I do however wish I baked more. My favorite restaurant jobs were my baking/pastry ones. One of my goals this year is to bake more whether it’s savory (breads) or sweet. Ideally I would like to make this a weekly event.
What got me started on this goal was a Bake-A-Long my friend Jen started on facebook just after the new year. She’s a done a few before with the same recipe and I finally had time to join. I’m so glad I did. Jenn, myself, another Jen plus a few other’s not named Jen(n)(a) all made the famous New York Times No Knead Bread.
This bread is insanely easy to make. It takes 2 days but most of it is inactive time. Its so inactive that you can easily forget your making bread. Luckily Jen would post of facebook alerting us that it was time to start the bread and did that through each step. If you have never done a bake-a-long I highly recommend it. It was fun going through the process with others.
I was a bit nervous that my bread wasn’t going to come out. Your home should be around 70 degrees when rising dough. Our home is never that warm in the winter. We keep a cold house and the day I did this our home was extra cold. My dough didn’t rise as much as I though it should. I expressed my concerns to my husband and said I was just going to follow through as planned and see what happens. During the second rise on day 2 the house was a bit warmer and the dough did get bigger but again not as big as I thought it should especially for the size pot it would need to be baked it. I still followed through. After it’s baked in the oven with the lid on for 30’ish minutes I was shocked when I took the lid off. Inside was a BIG and gorgeous looking loaf of bread. I couldn’t believe my eyes. We were all so excited. The bread finished just as dinner was getting ready to be served. My husband admitted to me that he wasn’t so sure that the bread was going to taste good and was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. My daughter immediately asked if I could make this bread when we are on vacation, in July, she’s excited for that vacation and this bread. After dinner I went downstairs and gave my parents a slice of the bread. My mother will now be joining me in our own No Knead Bread Bake-A-Long. I’m serious. This is the best bread I’ve ever eaten. I can’t wait to make it again.