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Wonder Bread

On my last visit to Ojai to visit by brother and family, I learned about “no-knead artisan bread”. I love to knead bread so at first I wasn’t too keen on the idea. But after watching the process — and tasting the bread (!) — I was hooked.

Bread(blog) The book is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  It is amazingly simple and amazingly delicious. I just mix everything up in a large Tupperwear bin, let it sit for 2 hours (minimum — and sometimes longer) and then make a loaf and/or refrigerate for future loaves. The wet dough lasts up to 2 weeks in the frig. You’ll most likely use it up long before then.

It can be used for pizza dough too. I was shocked to discover it made the best tasting pizza dough!
Pizza1(blog)

Basic recipe:

  • 3 cups tepid water
  • 1 1/2 T Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 T yeast
  • 6 1/2 cups all purpose flour

This video says it best:

PS — the book’s worth buying for lots of  variations to the basic recipe. You can make everything from sticky buns to baguettes. My sister-in-law, Vickie vouches for the rye bread.

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