Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. I had a very wonderful yet incredibly busy holiday with a road trip back to Michigan. I took a little break from blogging to recover, but I’m back and better than ever. In fact, I made a resolution to blog more, so here it goes!
So, this pin – No-Knead Crusty Bread – is all over Pinterest these days. One of my Facebook friends gave it a try and it looked amazing, so I decided to give it a try a few weeks ago.
I’ll put the full instructions at the bottom of this post, but here’s the quick and dirty. Mix some yeast, flour, salt and water. (I threw in a tablespoon of sugar, too.) Let it rise overnight, then back in an 450 degree oven for 45 minutes. You have to preheat the pan for 30 minutes beforehand, so plan on an hour and 15 minutes of time with the oven on. Here’s a look before everything went in to the oven. (Side note: I got this cast-iron dutch oven from my husband for my birthday. It’s perfect for this recipe!)
That’s it! No kneading, no fussing around. And, when it’s all done….
Viola!! I wish you could have seen my husband’s face when he saw the bread. He said, “Oh, I didn’t know you were making real bread” with a look of surprise and shock. Yes dear, it’s real bread. Like from the bakery. And, boy, it was good! A good crunchy crust with nice soft insides.
One thing I LOVE about this recipe is that you can add things to it to mix things up. The next week, I added one block of shredded pepper jack cheese into the dough. The result – a cheesy, spicy bread that was perfect with the meatloaf I had made. We gobbled up the bread in just a few days.