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No Knead Bread

When I bought my Le Creuset pot the sales lady mentioned making “No Knead Bread” in the pot. My interest was piqued so I did a Google search for “no knead bread recipes” and I clicked on the first link as it read “No Knead Bread: so easy a 4-yr old can make it!”

The article chronicled how her 4-year-old son makes the bread. It looked so easy. I knew I couldn’t mess it up.

I didn’t grab my camera at the beginning, but you know how to measure flour, yeast, salt and water.

Pour the following ingredients into a large bowl

  • 3 cups bread flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached White Flour, I know “white four” isn’t good for you. But Hubby likes white bread. Maybe next time Whole Wheat.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 3/4 tablespoon kosher* salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (mine was 80 degrees Fahrenheit)

Do you know the differences between the different kinds of salt? Admittedly, I didn’t until I read this.
*1 teaspoon table salt has more salt than 1 tablespoon of kosher salt

Mix these ingredients with a wooden spoon. You’ll get a big lump of dough. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter for 12-20 hours.

We had some stuff come up and I wasn’t able to get back to it for 36 hours.

After sitting for hours, the dough will be bubbly.
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You’re supposed to put flour on the counter/mat and fold the ends in and then let it rest for another 2 hours… and other stuff, but I deviated from the recipe because I just didn’t want to wait and I thought… it rested for an extra 16 hours… what’s the harm… so I went for it…

I put my pot with lid in the oven and preheated both to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Again, I deviated… Recipe said to let oven and pot preheat for 30 minutes or longer… I didn’t wait. When oven beeped it was hot, I scrapped it into my Pam sprayed pot… (note: scrapping deflated it – I knew this would happen but didn’t care at this point).
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I then put the lid on the pot and baked covered for 30 minutes. Then I removed pot from oven and took lid off and snapped this quick photo. It was flatter than it was supposed to be … but I deviated so I didn’t care.

The smell was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! (I teased my friend Rafael about how good it smelled… he wanted me to “FedEx” it him. I said, “No.”)

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Then put it back into oven for 15 minutes uncovered. I checked the internal temp and it was 205 in the middle. The recipe said it should be 210, so I put it back in for another 5 minutes. At this point it was 210 and here’s what it looked like. (FYI.. that’s not a hair on it… it was on the camera lens.)
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I then moved it to a cooling rack​.​
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Didn’t wait very long (not sure how long…) I couldn’t wait… smell was really getting to me… So I cut into it…

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Then enjoyed it…
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From what I could tell… all my deviations didn’t matter. It was GREAT!It tasted as good as it smelled… Hubby and The Offspring loved it. YIPPEEE!

Next time, I will follow the directions and see how different it is. I will post the results. Then at a later date I will make it with whole wheat flour and report back.

The Offspring has requested I put whole garlic cloves in it… sounds like a plan! Rafael suggested rosemary… yet more good ideas..

Have you ever made “No Knead Bread”? If so, please share your results.

SteamyKitchen’s original recipe can be found here.

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12 comments to No Knead Bread

  • RS

    You know whats weird – when I bought mine, the sales lady also mention the bread…..And I know they are NOT related……I wonder what the racket is……..

  • Nicole J

    Your's actually looks better than the original recipe photo!

    • Too Much To Do So Little Time

      Welcome to my site! Thanks! I thought mine looked better, too. It's good to know I wasn't completely nuts. :)

      The crust is really crunchy. I personally am not a huge fan of really crunchy crust. So I wonder if I left the lid on longer if it would stay more moist.

      I think I will make that another experiment.

      I especially can't wait to try it with garlic cloves. I may almost $4.00 a loaf at the bakery for the same thing. This recipe is so easy that it will be a fraction of the cost.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Kim E

    I have it ready and will be baking it tonight, I'll let you know how it turns out.

    • Too Much To Do So Little Time

      Great, Kim. Let me know how it turns out. Did you add anything or make it as the recipe is stated?

      • Kim E

        I used the 3/4 T kosher salt instead of the 1t salt. :)

        • Too Much To Do So Little Time

          Thanks, let me know how it goes.

          I've thought about cutting back on the amount mixed in, and sprinkling it on top before I bake it. Especially if I add garlic and rosemary.

          • Kim E

            OK, That was fun and it tasted great, everyone loved it, everyone got a kick out of how easy it was. Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to play with it.

            • Too Much To Do So Little Time

              Awesome! I'm glad it turned out.

              How brown was it? Was it closer to hers or mine? My oven is old and needs replacing, so I'm trying to gauge how the same recipe turns out when someone else makes it.

  • haha I think I found my original post I came to your site on :)

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