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No Knead Bread

I enjoy making bread.  Bread and bread products are one of my favorite things to make.  I love to experiment and try new recipes.  But I have a few favorites that I continue to go back to.  This recipe is one of those.

I saw this on a Martha Stewart show over two years ago.  I immediately wanted to try it. I was fascinated by the idea of being able to make a really good loaf of Artisan style bread.  Now this is not sandwich style lunch bread.   This is the type of bread that goes great with Italian food or even a steak dinner. It has a great crispy crust and a nice chewy center.  Just the way my family likes it.

I still make the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes that I posted about last year, but I like this one as much if not more than that recipe. The Artisan Bread In Five recipe is easy and great to have on hand.  But this recipe is the closest I have come to a really good bakery or restaurant style bread.  It is worth the extra effort and is much cheaper than buying a loaf like this from a bakery or store.

A year or two after I first read tried this recipe; Cook’s Illustrated did a version.  I combined some of the techniques of Cook’s Illustrated with the recipe and directions of the original to come up with bread we really like.

The main trick to this recipe is heating up the dish you bake the bread in.  Do not skip that step with this recipe. The technique gives this bread the crust that makes it so good.

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  1. The crust looks chewy and wonderful just like a good artisan bread should be. I have got to try this.

  2. Isn’t this a wonderful book? Your bread looks fantastic.

  3. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making this artisan style bread. This recipe looks easy and I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Would this work in a Pyrex 9×13? I’m not sure I have a 6-8qt pot that is oven safe. It looks delish and I can’t wait to try it!!

    • @Miriam, a glass pan would work but you really need a lid on this recipe to get the crust right. Really any oven safe dish will work if it has a lid. I hope that helps.


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