This no-knead bread is just incredible. This bread is so easy, anyone can make it, but it tastes like an artisan-crafted bread. This bread is almost sourdough-like in taste, but has an airy texture that is quite frankly amazing. I have never made bread so good. Thanks to Jim Lahey, you too can make this bread.
This recipe was developed by Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City. He was able to create a bread recipe that will have the most inexperienced bread breaker making some of the most delicious bread in their life. What makes this recipe so incredible? The very long rise—this bread may rise up to 18 hours. What does a long rise get you? This flavorful and tangy bread, with an incredible crust.
The cooking technique is also unique. The bread is baked in a Dutch oven with the lid on for a portion of the baking time. What does this do? It helps to replicate the baking ovens in a bakery. In a bakery, some ovens inject steam into the oven while it is baking. Home ovens do not have such a feature. It is the steam that makes this bread incredible.
So if you have never baked bread before, you can make this bread, and it isn’t difficult at all. There is no kneading, nothing complicated about this recipe at all. If you can measure, stir, and follow some very basic directions, you are going to have some of the most delicious bread you have ever had in your life. If you are a more experienced baker, be aware that the dough is going to be spongy, and very sticky, and you can leave it alone.
This recipe has just four ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, and water. You use just a tiny amount of yeast. I use SAF brand because I like the way it tastes. I also used King Arthur flour because I love the density of any baked good when you use this flour. What I love about this recipe is that there is nothing artificial. I also like that it tastes like a hint of sourdough bread without having to keep that culture alive—I have always had the worst luck when trying to keep a sourdough bread culture going. So without any more of my blathering, let’s get down to some delicious bread baking.
Please note, the cooking time is not listed correctly in the recipe. It will take at a minimum 14 and 15 hours to rise, and at least 45 minutes to bake.