I found a recipe for 5-minute no knead bread and to say the least I was intrigued. I love homemade bread, especially straight from the oven, piping hot and drenched in butter but without a bread maker I figured it would be too challenging and time consuming to attempt. But then a few months ago while pinning recipes to my boards like a madwoman, I found a no-knead recipe that caused an uproar in the bread baking community. A good artisan bread without kneading?! Impossible. But Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery published a recipe in The New York Times for a no-knead bread that was supposedly easy and fabulous. (I say this like I am some bread-baking expert. Ha! Disclaimer: I have never baked a loaf of bread from scratch in my entire life!)
I have been wanting to try his recipe so I went out and bought the ingredients this past weekend. Now that I am playing tennis 3x a week and drinking lots of water I am feeling more motivated to start eating healthier again (after a Christmas free for all). I also credit my friend Jessi for getting me back on track. She and I discussed this a few times before, but she wasn’t sold on organic/unprocessed/homemade foods thing but somehow she has decided to give eating this way a try. Hey, I figure if stubborn Jessi is now making unprocessed food from scratch I have no excuse! LOL (Luv ya Jessi!!! 🙂 )
Upon reviewing the recipe this evening, though, I discovered it has to rise 12-18 hours. Oh noooo, I am way too impatient for that so I looked for another no-knead bread. Enter the recipe from Tickling Palates. I put in about half whole wheat flour in with the white flour but that was the only substitution. It was so easy to mix up! Seriously, only 5 minutes!
And the taste? Well, downright tasty, I’d say! It is definitely crusty, artisan bread though. I mean seriously crispy –like try not to break a tooth and don’t serve it to your wiggly-toothed 4-year old– but I really enjoyed it, especially the simplicity. And slathering it with butter helped. 😉 And knowing all the ingredients in my bread? Bonus points!!