I look at bread like men look at women’s boobs (gazing with longing at something I really want). The difference is, no one gets mad a me for looking, and I can have it any time I want. We already know that homemade bread is something to be treasured but THIS bread? This bread deserves its own category. I would call it “The Kind of Bakery Bread You Thought You Could Never Make at Home.” But you can. And when you see how incredibly easy it is, you will make it just like I do… often.
Even if you have never baked and the thought of baking with yeast scares you, you can make this bread. This recipe is foolproof. But you will need a Dutch oven – one that’s oven-safe and has an oven-safe handle. The bread in the above photo was made with all-purpose flour. The one below is the same exact recipe using 100% whole wheat flour. That’s my favorite, and what a crust!!
A genius baker named Jim Lahey invented the process of baking bread in a Dutch oven. His original method was to stir together a simple dough, let it rest overnight for 12 to 18 hours, and bake the bread the next day. It essentially steams the bread inside the pot, to mimic the professional bread ovens that create steam and that’s what gives bread that beautiful golden, crispy crust. The result is nothing short of spectacular. I remember the first time I made the overnight bread, I couldn’t believe how amazing this bread was.
And here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be overnight any more because that whole process takes more than 20 hours. With this easy recipe, you can make the bread the day you want it and it takes less then five minutes of prep. And there’s no kneading! The main difference is that with the overnight method you use cold water and with this faster method, it’s hot water. You can do this! I’m thrilled to be sharing this easy recipe. Click here for the recipe & video of my Faster No Knead Bread. Click on the photo below for the Whole Wheat version. – Jenny Jones