Sunday, December 20, 2009

No-Knead Bread Recipe

Here's the full recipe that Roxanne gave as a link in the comments here: Background, Why, Goals, & the Rules of the Game

I want to post it just in case the NY Times ever removes the link. We'll be making it soon and post our experience with it when we do:

Recipe: No-Knead Bread

Published: November 8, 2006 in the NY Times
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery

Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.


  1. Oh, one more thing. I was never successful in having the 2nd rise occur in a dishtowel. Even though I bought a plain towel with no nap, the dough was so sticky it would never work. Jayden at Jayden's Steamy Kitchen blog gave me a great tip of having the 2nd rise occur in a bowl lined with parchment paper. That way, you just pick up the whole thing, parchment and all, and drop it into the uber-hot pot, cover it and pop it back into the oven. Presto! The bread just bakes on the parchment inside the pot.

  2. Hey Jamie, when is this starting? Are you already starting the family meals/ Maybe you should do a few practice runs this week and next to get the hang of it.

  3. Official start date is January 1st but we will be doing some practice runs in the next week and a half...