i never knew i could do this

Written by patty on January 9th, 2010

I consider myself a decent baker. I make a mean pie crust, and most baking endeavors don’t intimidate me.

Except for bread.

I’ve made focaccia many times, and homemade rolls once or twice. I never really did much else with yeast; its unpredictable nature scared me. I never thought I was capable of making bread this delicious. I had a hunk of it, fresh out of the oven and dripping with butter, and I swear I heard the angels sing from the heavens above. OK maybe it was my contractor’s air hammer from the second floor. But I clearly heard something.

Props to Chris at the LBC for recommending this recipe. I was wondering what to make in my new enamelware Dutch Oven*, and he piped in with this winner. I can see now why he refers to the no-knead bread as a bit of an obsession.

If you’re on the fence about getting a Dutch Oven? Do it. Do it so you can make this bread. Do it so you can make Ina Garten’s Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic. As devoted as I am to my slow cooker (and grateful to my friend Stamford Talk for tweeting** about honey hoisin chicken, which I will be making again tomorrow… this time with shallots, mushrooms, cashews and water chestnuts), I definitely am developing a crush on my Dutch Oven for its versatility.

We’re supposed to go out for dinner in an hour. But I think I’d rather stay home and make out with the bread.

*Yeah, I know. Hold the fart jokes, please.

**Twitter. It’s what’s for dinner.

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jan
    10
    10:59
    AM
    Whitemist

    Good for you on you success!
    Fresh bread is so wonderful!
    The 40 cloves of garlic chicken is a very old (2,500 years or so) Greek recipe (at least that is what my mom says and she is old, okay maybe not that old, but…)
    The bread thing, I may want to try some day, but I have just done my first ever baklava (which is in my estimation harder) and not in the mood to be real creative in the kitchen for a little bit.
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  2. Jan
    11
    2:38
    PM
    PJ Amyouny Gerrard

    That bread looks fantastic, and I will try it for next Italian dinner. We make bread in my house several times weekly in a work horse of a metal Breadman breadmaker. It is very easy and we often use Bob’s Mill bread mixes (Rye and 10 grain are favorites)as they are cheap and low-glycemic, as well as delish. Give it a try.

    Can you share you pie crust recipe? My baking skills are still in the on the lower end of my cooking range, and as proud new owner of a Kitchenaid stand mixer, I am learning new recipes.

  3. Jan
    12
    12:45
    AM
    Marianne

    Oh, you have success with bread in the Dutch oven. Good for you.! I have baked a lot of bread the usual way. I even baked French bread with Julia’s recipe. Mmmmm.
    But success with bread in the Dutch oven has eluded me. You will have to tell me your secret.

  4. Jan
    12
    1:37
    AM
    Marianne

    This is a recipe for Apple Cake. I got it from an elderly Italian lady who used to climb the Appennines as a young girl. She still walks 3 miles/day and at a rapid clip. She can easily climb better than someone 20 years younger than her. This cake can be frozen after it is baked.

    Apple Filling: 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, ¾ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg, 3 lbs. apples, ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
    Dough: 3 c. flour, 1 tsp. bkg. Pwdr, 2 sticks butter-softened, 1 c. sugar, 1 egg, pinch of salt
    Apple filling: Mix together sugar, van., cinn. & nutmeg. Peel and thinly slice apples & add to mixture. Set aside.
    Make Dough: Mix together flour, bkg. powder, butter, sugar & egg until crumbly.
    Put half of dough into a 10 inch spring form pan. Place it on the bottom & ¾ up the sides of the pan. Add the apple filling. Crumble the remaining dough on top. Bake for 1 hr. at 350. Cool in the pan.