No Knead Bread in Only Five Hours

Seeking a shorter route to Jim Lahey's famed no-knead bread, which requires a lengthy 14 to 20 hours of time to rise, Mark Bittman has created a new variation on the technique which speeds the rising time to 4 1/2 hours.

Bread There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the video that accompanies the column and recipe. Lahey joins Bittman and critiques the speed version of the bread for its lack of crust and crumb and then suggests yet another way to quicken the rising time (this time, incorporating hot water and red wine vinegar). Unfortunately, we don't get to see the results of his variation in the video and so are left wondering, will it work?

No-Knead Bread: Not Making Itself Yet, but a Lot Quicker [New York Times]
Speedy No-Knead Bread Revisited [New York Times (video)]


Baking Tip: Just Add Hardware

Nutsbolts Michel Suas, "guru of artisan bread," offers this tip for creating the right amount of steam when baking a baguette: "Suas recommends preheating a cast-iron Dutch oven filled with nuts and bolts. This creates mass at the bottom of the oven, which will result in heat retention. Have some crushed ice ready (it melts more slowly than ice water). When you transfer the bread to the oven, cover the nuts and bolts in the Dutch oven with the ice, and immediately shut the door to trap the steam."

The breadmakers' guru [San Francisco Chronicle]


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