I don’t know if you’ve ever made no-knead artisan bread before, but it really is simple, and quite good. One of the best books I have purchased is “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes” by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg. You can find a lot of helpful information as well as how to video’s at their website Bread in Five.
Jeff and Zoe have brought bread back to the masses. With a simple foolproof recipe. I had absolutely no experience making bread and this recipe works every time! I also had the pleasure of meeting both Zoe and Jeff at the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco where they were handing out they’re a new book on Pizza.
]That being said, the next thing you need to know is all flours are not made equal. I use King Arthur’s flour at home for everything else, but it has a very high protein count (11.7), similar to bread flour (12.0). Now I can use it, but I will have to experiment to get the ratio correct.
Instead of going through extra work on the recipe just buy gold medal or Pillsbury flour which is closer to the 9.0 range.
As for yeast just buy the packets of regular yeast or if you are going to make bread on a regular basis buy the jar, it will be cheaper. Salt needs to be kosher, or Sea Salt, the flavor of the salt really isn’t going to come thru so any coarse salt will do (don’t use table salt). The last ingredient is simply warm water.
You will need a container to store your dough in to let it rise and to refrigerate it in. This dough can be made in either a Mixer with a dough attachment, or you can mix it by hand the old-fashioned way. I used a mixer with a dough attachment, which takes about five minutes.
I have made one adjustment to the recipe and it seems to have made the dough lighter and lets it rise more while proofing. I read somewhere that salt can kill yeast, and in the original recipe, you add the salt and yeast to the water and then add the flour.
I started adding just the yeast to the water and adding the salt to the flour, so it doesn’t hit the yeast at full strength. My results have been better.
You might also like these recipes:
- The Best Homemade Artisan Bread
- Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls (no-knead)
- Apple Butter Sticky Bun Recipe
- Pan Dulce Recipe (no-knead)