This is a tribute to my mother and the editing she did of Jim Lahey’s book My Bread. Jim came up with this concept of an easy loaf of bread that doesn’t require the kneading work and I have to say, it’s delicious. It’s rewarding ton make this yourself. My mom made this many times while she edited this book. Try it!
3 ⅓ cups (430 g) bread flour, plus extra
Generous 1/4 teaspoon (1g) instant yeast
2 teaspoons (8 g) kosher salt
1 ½ cups water, room temperature
Yield: 1 loaf of bread, 12-14 servings
Make dough/first rise: In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 1/2 cups grams water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at room temperature, about 70 degrees.
Roll: Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
Shape dough/second rise: Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a kitchen towel with flour; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour.
Cover with another towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
Preheat oven to 450F. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy-bottomed pot with a fitted lid in oven to preheat..
Bake: When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is OK. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 20-25 minutes or until loaf is beautifully browned. Remove from oven. Cool on a rack.
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