If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Batch #1 of no knead Artisan bread

 The dough has been in the fridge for almost 24 hours.  It is deflated and very yeasty-scented.
I used a rubber spatula to break off about a 1/4 of it.   Then I just shaped it into a ball and turned the edges under until it was smooth.  
 Then,  I put it on a sheet of parchment paper sprinkled with cornmeal.  
 The instructions said to let it rise for 40 minutes,  it was slow to rise so I left it set for an hour.  
The recipe said to use lots of flour but I used just enough to keep it from sticking.  


After it had raised enough,  I cut an X in the top with a sharp knife.



Then I picked up the whole sheet of parchment paper and transferred to a dutch oven that had preheated at 450 for 10 minutes.  
For the first 30 minutes, it baked with the lid on the dutch oven.  


 Then I uncovered it and let it bake 10 minutes more.    
The bread did a lot more raising in the oven.  
 It came out golden brown.  Even with no fat, it did not stick at all to the parchment paper.  
Sliced

The bread has a great flavor.  The round loaf looks pretty but it takes a long time to bake.  
Also, the crust is very sturdy,  I would not describe it as crisp or tough,  just sturdy.  

We liked it alot  even though it was not our favorite bread of all time.
It was excellent for the first try I think.  
I plan to shape the  next loaf  more like a traditional loaf of French bread and will bake it on a stone or baking sheet..  

Maybe I will bake loaf #2 on Thursday.  

8 comments:

  1. Hello Rhonda,
    I have been wanting to try this too. Looks yummy.
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  2. How long does the dough last? It looks beautiful.

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  3. Hi Rhonda,
    I have not made the Artisan bread yet, but perhaps I should use your recipe. We had some from a bakery and I would say that the crust was tough, not sturdy, so perhaps yours is a better recipe.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  4. That looks delicious. I love experimenting vicariously through you!

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  5. Oh my goodness, that looks good Rhonda! I've seen that in our Mother Earth News Magazine. You are smart to make it.

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  6. hi
    this bread looks good.
    you have a nice blog!
    regina
    reginassimplelife.blogspot.com

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  7. I just ordered Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day from my library inspired by you!

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Jeff and Rhonda

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