To me, there is nothing more satisfying than getting my hands dirty in the kitchen. Baking fresh bread has been one of my favorite discoveries. I love mixing, kneading, and tending to tender dough. It's always a pleasure to also do this with my boys, they love helping mama in the kitchen. Sometimes there isn't time for all of that kneading and tending, that's why I'm so glad Susan brought us this great recipe. Let us know if you try it!
In the Kitchen with Susan Duane.
I love to bake but bread has always been too intimidating to me to tackle. That was until I came across this amazing no knead bread recipe in our local paper. There is nothing like a loaf of fresh bread baking, it brings me back to my childhood when my grandmother baked her own.
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/4 tsp. instant yeast (it said instant in small letters on the back of my package)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (i use kosher)
- 1 1/2 cups of water
Mix into shaggy dough. Let sit covered for 12 - 18 hours. Fold twice to deflate on floured surface. Let rest 15 minutes. Form into saggy ball. Let sit again on floured surface for 1 -2 hours. Meanwhile heat oven to 450 degrees. Heat pot (should be cast iron, enameled or pyrex, you need a lid too) for at least 30 minutes. Place dough into hot pot, cover, bake 30 minutes, remove lid, bake uncovered for 15- 30 to a golden color. (usually mine only needs 15 without the cover).
Do not cut until completely cool. Should be used within 24 hours. Store in plastic once cut or paper bag uncut.
You will not be disappointed, I promise!
- Jim Lahey Original Recipe Author
Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.