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freakishly easy bread

March 26th, 2009 at 08:29 pm

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A couple of days ago, I suggested to DH that he try to bake bread. (He's a margarine & slice of bread snack guy.)

The recipe we've wanted to try is the New York Times no-knead bread recipe. Actually there are several versions of them here and here and here. And if you want to see someone make it, here.

The reason why I asked DH to do it is that he really doesn't do that much cooking - stirfry, roasts w/potatoes, and carbonara. He's not a baker by any means, so if he could do it well the first time, there's no tricks and no tweaking necessary. The main reason, heh heh, is that we buy a fair amount of bread at the grocery store, so perhaps making our own might be a tad cheaper, and we avoid the extra ingredients, like BHA, BHT and whatnot. And the final reason is that BA needs a cooking project.

The loaf he made last night is nearly gone and it turned out spectacularly well. It even works with ancient, over the hill yeast from 2007. DH was a bit concerned before baking because the loaf didn't double in size. I figured if it was that bad, we'd have Passover matzos early! Big Grin

5 Responses to “freakishly easy bread”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Oooh is it time to check the UVillage QFC for Kosher coke? asked the Gentile.

    I printed, years ago, Mark Bittman's 11/06 NYT article on the lazy, minimalist bread baking method. I still haven't tried it, but guess I should soon.

  2. momcents Says:


    I have a wonderful Irish soda bread recipe which is simple enough for my DDs to make. I don't care if it is "poor man's" bread. We love it, and can add raisins or chocolate chips for a change.

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    Oh, that's making me want bread!!!!

  4. baselle Says:

    Paulette - that is exactly the recipe that I was describing. I saw it in the Times, and I saw your post about it. I think I'll try to get some rosemary or some caraway seeds in the next loaf.

    Looked it up, said the fellow Gentile. Passover starts April 9. See you amongst the yellow capped Cokes!

    momcents - did you post the soda bread recipe? I might be trying that myself.

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    You called me out. You called me out to bake bread? HAHAHAHA, that's awesome!

    Well, not awesome in a, "boy, the guys I hang out with sure are going to be impressed" sort of way.

    But yeah, nothing compares to freshly-baked bread. The only thing I've done and liked so far is yeast rolls. I can't believe how easy it is to bake those delicious little darlings. It's almost criminal.

    But I haven't gone further than that. I have no idea what's beyond it, and truth be told, I'm not really a bread person so....

    But I welcome any suggestions you may have!

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