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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
No-Knead Rustic Crusty Bread
Do you have a carb tooth? My carb tooth is even more demanding than my sweet tooth, if that tells you anything.
I am powerless in the presence of a good crusty bread! Or even a bad crusty bread. Unfortunately for my midsection, I have found a recipe for a fantastic No-Knead Rustic Crusty Bread that requires a minimum amount of work. It's a no-knead bread, so all there is to do is combine the (very few) ingredients and then do a lot of waiting for the dough to rise. All you need is flour, yeast, salt, and water.
I like to use a combination of half bread flour and half all purpose flour. Sometimes I make loaves, sometimes I make rolls, and most times I make both. A nice slice of this rustic bread is a perfect companion for a hot bowl of soup.
The crumb is fluffy but hardy, and the crust is impossibly perfect. To achieve that beautiful crunchy-when-it's-warm and chewy-when-it's-not crust, you will need to make the oven nice and steamy by pouring some hot water into a preheated broiler pan. Believe me when I tell you that that will make you feel like a badass baker!
Today's cuteness is brought to you by the magical land of Japan. It's a cat cafe! I like the second cafe that Sharla visits best. They would have to call the police to kick me out of that place because I would refuse to ever leave!