So… I have always wanted a bread machine. Don’t they seem so cool? To have fresh baked bread any time you want seems like it would be awesome! For some reason or another I have never gotten one (maybe its the cost ). Anyway, a friend of mine pinned this recipe on pinterest for crusty, no knead bread (from Simply So Good). The pictures looked yummy, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. One of the wonderful things about this bread is that you can adapt it for whatever you are in the mood for… sweet, savory, cheesy, ‘herb-y’… You name it, this bread takes to all different types of additions well. For my first go around, I opted for a cinnamon raisin bread. I know some of you don’t like raisins (whatever), but they’re a staple in my house. If you aren’t sure what additions you’d like, try it ‘plain’ first. It is still delicious! Enjoy!!
- 3 cups flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon yeast (this is a small portion of what is in a small packet of yeast)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and yeast.
- **If you want to add anything to the bread (seasonings, cheese, raisins) add it in now.
- Stir in water. The dough will be very sticky.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let set out for 12-18 hours. I know it seems like a long time, but it will be worth it!
- Heat oven to 450 F (or 230 C). Now here is where the original recipe differs from what I did. The original recipes uses a cast iron pot with a lid (such as a Le Creuset). I do not have one of these fancy shmancy pots (though I'd love one!), so I used an old crockpot liner. Please don't ask why I have an old crockpot liner, that's a whole other story. Anyway, this worked great for baking this bread! I did remove the handle from the lid since it is plastic!! Now back to the recipe - place the pot and lid in the heated oven. Let sit in the oven for 30 minutes.
- While the pot is heating through, take the super sticky dough out of the bowl and place on a very floured surface. Shape into a ball (do not knead it). Cover with the plastic wrap you were using earlier.
- Once the pot is ready, remove it from the oven. Place the super sticky dough in the HOT, HOT pot. Please be very careful!! Put the lid on top. (Since I am using the old crockpot liner without the handle on the lid, I put my lid on upside down for easier removal later.) Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes.
- Your bread will look beautiful. Remove the lid and bake another 15 minutes.
- Wala! Remove the bread from the pot and let cool on a wire rack. Your house should smell wonderful and you should feel very proud. What a creation. Enjoy!