Almost No-Knead Bread from Cook’s Illustrated
Published: January 1, 2008
Makes 1 large round loaf
An enameled cast-iron Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid yields best results, but the recipe also works in a regular cast- iron Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. (See the related information in “Making Your Dutch Oven Safe for High-Heat Baking” for information on converting Dutch oven handles to work safely in a hot oven.) Use a mild-flavored lager, such as Budweiser (mild non-alcoholic lager also works). The bread is best eaten the day it is baked but can be wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (15 ounces), plus additional for dusting work surface
1/4 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (7 ounces), at room temperature
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mild-flavored lager (3 ounces)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1. Whisk flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Add water, beer, and vinegar. Using rubber spatula, fold mixture, scraping up dry flour from bottom of bowl until shaggy ball forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 18 hours.
2. Lay 12- by 18-inch sheet of parchment paper inside 10-inch skillet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and knead 10 to 15 times. Shape dough into ball by pulling edges into middle. Transfer dough, seam-side down, to parchment-lined skillet and spray surface of dough with nonstick cooking spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size and does not readily spring back when poked with finger, about 2 hours.
3. About 30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to lowest position, place 6- to 8-quart heavy-bottomed Dutch oven (with lid) on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly flour top of dough and, using razor blade or sharp knife, make one 6-inch-long, 1/2-inch-deep slit along top of dough. Carefully remove pot from oven and remove lid. Pick up dough by lifting parchment overhang and lower into pot (let any excess parchment hang over pot edge). Cover pot and place in oven. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to bake until loaf is deep brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 210 degrees, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Carefully remove bread from pot; transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
Transferring dough to a preheated Dutch oven to bake can be tricky. To avoid burnt fingers and help the dough hold its shape, we came up with a novel solution: Let the dough rise in a skillet (its shallow depth makes it better than a bowl) that’s been lined with greased parchment paper, then use the paper’s edges to pick up the dough and lower it into the Dutch oven. The bread remains on the parchment paper as it bakes.
Dutch Baby Pancake
3 Lg Eggs
¾ Cup whole milk
½ Cup Flour
¼ t salt
½ t vanilla
¼ cup sugar
1T lemon juice
-Melt 2T butter in Le Creuset Braiser Pan. Set aside.
– In blender combine: eggs, milk, flour, salt, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until foamy, about 1 min. Pour batter into skillet, bake until pancake is puffed and lightly browned.
-Quickly dot with butter, sprinkle 1T sugar and 1T lemon juice and serve immediately.
-Slice into wedges.
8 Lg eggs (beaten well)
6 med sized potatoes (peeled and sliced in thin ¼ in circles, about 4 cups)
3 T c green onions or chives
½ C ham, diced (Can substitute bacon, chorizo, prosciutto or sausage or leave out meat)
1/3 C milk (2% or whole)
1/3 C onions (finely chopped)
1 C Parmesan or Asiago Cheese (freshly grated)
2 T olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
~Par boil potatoes by either placing them sliced in a bowl of water in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, or boil them on the stovetop. You don’t want them too soft.
~Beat Eggs and milk together and salt and pepper well.
~Heat oil in Le Creuset Braiser Pan over medium high heat. Turn oven onto low broil.
~Lightly sauté onions and meat together.
~Pour in potatoes and blend well with meat and onions, Turn heat down to Medium-low Cover and let stand 3-4 min.
~Stir potatoes. Pour Egg mixture into pan. Cover for 3 minutes. Mixture should be almost completely set.
~Sprinkle Cheese and chives on top and broil until firmly set and nicely browned.
~Cut into wedges and serve. Serve with nice crunchy toast.
~Can be served hot, cold or room temp. Can be eaten for breakfast lunch or dinner!