The Daily Bread

 The smell of fresh bread!

just one of the many things that I love about cooking...the smells

but who has time to bake!?

not me or at least that is what I thought
 until I came across this recipe

  "no knead" bread 

boy was I skeptical...

I read about it
I heard about it

no can't be true

so I tried it
yes dear friends, it is awesome

In a bowl combine:

3 cups of bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

that's it

 I use plastic Cambro containers which have 
side measurements
so you can see how much you started with 
and how much the bread has risen
 I happen to love this weird mixing gadget from King Arthur flour 
It is designed just for things like this 
 Dump all of the ingredients in your plastic container
mix well
the dough will be messy and shaggy looking
but don't worry
cover and set aside for at least 6 hours or up to 12 depending on the temperature

You want the dough to double in size at the very least
it usually gets to the top of the container

I have been mixing this up first thing in the morning
 baking it just before dinner

when you are ready:

heat your oven to 450 degrees

lightly grease ( I use Pam) the interior of a cast iron or very heavy lidded pot
and place it in the oven while the temperature is rising

gently dump out the bread dough onto a  well floured surface

the dough will be  very sticky and you need to flour your hands too

form it into a round shape and cover with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap
and let the dough rest for 30 minutes

gently place the dough into your (now very hot) cast iron pot with the cover on
and bake for 25 to 30 minutes
 remove the cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes 
 they bread will have a nice hollow sound when you tap on it 
and should register about 190-200 degrees internally

 this is how it looks....truly amazing

really crusty with a beautiful soft interior
 let the bread cool and then enjoy
this is so easy and it is seriously delicious!!!

I will try a sourdough version this weekend and see how it comes out

have fun in the kitchen!

bake and be happy

  1. Damn you gluten...this sounds delicious! I need to try and make some gluten free bread since half of my family can't eat the demon gluten! ;)

    xo Kat

  2. I saw this technique on a youtube video, then promptly forgot about it. It is hard to believe such a simple method could produce such wonderful looking bread. I trust your endorsement and will give it a try.
    XO, Victoria

  3. OH, I am going to have to pass this along to Mr. DD who has been trying for the last year or so to master the art of bread baking. I'm loving the lack of starter, which has taken over our fridge. Thanks for sharing, liz

  4. this looks great, can't wait to hear about the sourdough version

  5. It really is a keeper!!! Try it, you won't believe how easy it is

    xxx's kelley

  6. Would you please post the sourdough recipe when you get a chance. This looks delicious!

  7. Bacon, coffee, bread, and cookies... are you my long lost twin?? I cannot live w/o bacon. I can never be a vegetarian because of bacon. Your bread looks fabulous...nothing like a warm slice with some fresh butter!

  8. I make this bread too and love it. I just had to jump on my computer to tell you how amazing your home looks in the June issue of Country Living are truly an artist when it comes to decorating and designing a space.'s well deserved!

  9. Truly awesome...I want to try this!~ It just means I'll have to cut something else out though!

  10. Your love of old signs has encouraged me to look! I love this bread recipe! Happy gardening and baking. I adore your climate. Used to live near there many years ago. Thanks for all your encouragement in the World of design and homemaking.

  11. Hello!
    I work at a bakeshop based out of Mystic CT. We have one of the weird mixing gadgets from King Aurthur's Flour and we love it! We are looking to buy a second! I was wondering where you purchased yours, or where we could find one!
    Thank you, and I love your blog!!


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