The No Knead Bread Adventure

I had heard about Jim Lahey’s no knead bread several years ago and decided it would be a great addition to this semester’s bread and soup class.  I checked out the recipe and knew very few of my students would want to wait 24 hours for bread, so I have set out on a quest to make it quicker.  I read about Mark Bittman’s attempts and in the quest for the almost no-knead bread recipe from Cook’s Illustrated they must have made 100 loaves.  I hope it doesn’t take me that many tries.

I am on loaf #5.  The first 2 breads were too flat (with respect to Goldilocks), so I used a smaller pan for loaf #3 and it was beautiful, with a wonderfully crispy crust, but it lacked flavor. This one I named Chrissy after the Suzanne Somers character in Three’s Company.  For loaf #4, I added some beer and vinegar as suggested by Cook’s and cut down on the water.  Again the loaf was beautiful, with a wonderfully crispy crust, but it still lacked that bit of sour dough flavor I am looking for.  Have to call this one Lindsay, since alcohol was involved, but the flavor was missing.   Loaf #5 has been in the refrigerator for 2 days and I won’t get to bake it until tomorrow.  I will have to redo  loaf #5,  because the extra time it has been in the fridge will change the flavor and I really want this to be quicker, not longer.  Fortunately the bread is really easy to make and takes very little time to put together. I will have to start passing out the extra loaves or we will be gaining some weight. I will post the recipe when I get it to were I want it.  Thinking of naming that one Chelsea.


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