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

    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
    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

    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

    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.