This winter is cold: -20 F today. When you step outside, you never hear anybody say, "But it's a dry cold!" Think about it. We rationalize warm temperatures, but not for the cold. Honestly, the humidity makes no difference. If it's cold, it is cold. So, in order to stay warm, I decided to embark on a several month quest to make the perfect home baked bread. But remember, I'm lazy and wanted bakery quality bread with no mess, no fuss, and no effort. What I learned, was...well, humidity matters. Of course it does.
My quest lead me to the "bread in a pot" or "no knead bread" craze that happened a few years ago. The craze was started after an adapted recipe from Jim Lahey of the Sullivan Street Bakery was written about in the New York times. I also found wisdom from the Kitchn and the Beekman Boys recipes. All of these sources confirmed that more water and humidity during baking make for one of the easiest and tastiest bread making methods.
So, after weeks of tweaking, I came up with my own unique recipe that works for my family of 4. The method is pretty simple. Mix up the dough. Let it rise. Turn it out to rise a second time. Quickly form into a round shape. Throw it in a very hot pot. Bake in the oven. Consume! We go through a loaf every two days, so I can do up a batch every other day and for a few cents a day we get to enjoy bakery quality bread. This is the basic white bread recipe. You will be able to find other recipes on this site in the weeks to come.
BASIC WHITE BREAD IN A POT
About 12-15 servings.
About 120 calories per slice before the butter and depending on slice size! lol
Links to our other no knead breads in a pot:
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