Jim Lahey’s bread recipe, featured in the NY Times in 2006, swept home kitchens and persists in popularity. For good reason. If you still haven’t tried no-knead artisan bread, if you still buy 99-cent grocery store French bread, you really must give this recipe a shot.
If you take both the electricity to run the oven and the gas to go to the grocery store out of the equation (I wouldn’t know how to calculate either), this bread costs approximately $.25-$.30 making even a $.99 loaf look expensive. Not to mention this homemade bread will make than loaf taste like cardboard.
And it is easy. I promise.
My hint, after years of making this bread? Relax. You can hardly mess it up. Let it sit for 4 hours. Let it sit for 24 hours. Put it in the fridge at let it sit for 2 days.
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Also, letting the dough do its second raise on a tea towel is a pain and a mess. I use either a flexible cutting board or a bread paddle. I’ve let it rise on the board for 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours. It always turns out.
I’ve baked it at 400, 425, 450, 475, and even 500.
Relax. Experiment. Just go with what makes it convenient. Homemade bread is the perfect accompaniment to soups, beans, pastas, and grilled meats. Homemade bread impresses and gratifies guests. Homemade bread makes your house smell amazing.
There are few actions you will ever take that have more of the stuff of history in them. A woman with her sleeves rolled up and flour on her hands is one of the most gorgeous stabilities in the world. Don’t let your family miss the sight. Robert Farrar Capon