Don’t knead this

I don’t read a lot of food blogs, so I understand how I missed the latest buzz. My next-door neighbor came swung by tonight and mentioned the No-Knead Bread recipe from Jim Lahey’s column in the 11/18 New York Times (free registration required). She showed me the video on and I was ready to run out and buy some instant yeast.

It’s all over the Interwebs. Coincidentally, said neighbor (who has two French bulldogs) read all about it at Becks & Posh. She (of B&P) happens to be friends with the one food blogger I read, who happens to be one of the Nor Cal contacts for FBRN where we got our Frenchie, Ms. Janie Sparkles.

The neighbor will be baking her third batch of the bread this weekend to share with us, but I may try my hand at this simplest, and hopefully tastiest, recipes ever. I’m not a cookie or dessert baking kind of guy, but perhaps I can start rocking a savory holiday tradition of my own!

Let’s get baked. If you have tried or do try the recipe, let me know.

5 Responses to “Don’t knead this”

  1. sean Says:

    I find the most fascinating links on your blog…first the T-Shirt site and now this! Having gone to culinary school…this fascinates me and I’m going to try it!

  2. Elemmaciltur Says:

    Okay, the blogosphere is really buzzing with this recipe. Two other blog friends of mine had blogged about this recipe in the past month, too….and this is getting to me, maybe I should try it out. 🙂

  3. Sean Says:

    I have made the bread twice. It’s essentially a ciabatta loaf. The long rising time gives it a good strong flavor, a bit like sour dough, but not qute as biting.

    The hardest part, I have found, is manipulating the dough the few times the recipe requires. It is VERY wet and sticky. Fortunately, once you get the gloppy dough into the hot pan, everything takes care of itself.

    I always tinker with recipes, and the second time I made the bread I substituted semolina flower for 1/2 cup of the white flour. Made for a slightly chewier loaf.

    Let us know how it turns out!

  4. Ginny Says:

    My husband Matt loves to bake bread. I’ll forward this to him and let you know how it turns out!

  5. Eikon Says:

    But my baba would castigate me in my dreams if I made an unkneaded bread. 🙂
    Seriously in Ukrainian at that.