Friday, February 28, 2014

I know what you're doing this weekend ...

It's no secret that I have a breadmaker -- I heart convenience -- and that while I use it all the time, I never, ever use it to make bread -- helloooooo Pizza Friday!

I made bread in it exactly one time, and I wasn't impressed. It makes an oddly-shaped load that is a bitch to slice, and doesn't fit properly in a toaster. (I have this Black and Decker one, in case you're in the market for one)

But I do use it for lots of other things! Pizza dough (almost weekly), breadstick dough, cinnamon bun dough, dough for rolls, dough for hamburger buns. 

Hi, my name is Heather, and I am a carbohydrate addict -- with the behind to prove it!

So even though I really do like my un-bread-breadmaker, I never had homemade bread in the house. Until! I opened my Bloglovin one day and read a post by Living on Love (Hi, Lacy!) about an amazing bread recipe.

I'd never tried making "real" homemade bread before, because of the OMG THE KNEADING, and the WHO HAS TIME FOR ALL THAT KNEADING drama. 

But Lacy promised that this recipe doesn't require any kneading at all, and ... 

... the best part? ...

... it only uses FOUR INGREDIENTS

Seriously! I will make you go see Lacy's blog for the recipe itself -- because caring, sharing, ectetera -- but I will give you a spoiler and tell you what the four ingredients are. I know they are things that you have in your cupboard/fridge, so you'll be intrigued enough to go get the recipe ...

Ready? ...
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Salt

I'm serious! That's it. Lacy's recipe actually says "kosher salt" -- at which my face looked puzzled, because I am not a kitchen-y person who has anything other than regular table salt and sea salt (for cupcakes). So I have used sea salt instead of kosher salt, and it works great. 

Anyone want to fill me in on what kosher salt it? Regular salt? No idea.

The reason why you don't knead this dough -- other than PURE MAGIC of course -- is that you mix all four of the ingredients together, cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap, and leave it on your counter for 12-24 hours. That's it. 

Then you dump it on the counter, flour it up, shape it into a ball(ish) lump, and pop it into one of those expensive ceramic oven pots (I used my Deep Covered Baker from Pampered Chef).

When the bread comes out of the oven, it is an amazing ball (AMAZEBALL) of crusty, delicious bread. It's sort of a dense bread, but soooo soft at the same time. Plus, your house gets that homey, superior smell of freshly-baked bread, and you feel very Laura Ingalls-y -- a feeling I aspire to as often as possible.

So this weekend! This recipe! Do it! You won't regret it. 
Your skinny jeans, however, WILL REGRET IT).

xoxo


Instagram love for my first-ever loaf of no-knead bread

2 comments:

Little Sis said...

You are so right - this bread is AMAZING!

lindsey said...

I can't wait to make this in my deep covered baker!