I'm not a bread baker. Baking bread has always been something I've wanted to try, but never really got around to. My stepmother, Pat, an amazing cook and the source of a lot of inspiration, is in town this week and decided to take some drastic steps to kick me in a bread-baking direction.
She brought in what absolutely has to be the easiest bread recipe I've ever heard of. It requires almost no effort, and certainly no kneading or sense of yeast-timing, which always kind of scared me off as some kind of medieval alchemy. This is easy, folks. Try it right now!
Try it now, I really mean it. It's totally awesome.
Pat's No-Knead Bread
3 cups bread flour, plus 1-2 tbsp.
Pinch of kosher salt
1 packet of dried yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
Mix all the ingredients in a big pot with a spoon. Mix it all up with a spoon until it's in a "rough, shaggy ball" (her words). Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 450. When the oven is hot, put a second pot (or the same one if you've removed the dough and cleaned it) in and let it heat up, about 15-20 minutes.
Put the dough in the pot, cover, and bake for 30 minutes. Take off the cover and continue baking until properly browned. We left ours in for about 20 minutes.
Update: A reader brought to my attention that this recipe is originally from the NY Times. I wasn't aware when I made the post, but my stepmom confirms it. Sorry for any confusion!