Sunday, 20 December 2009

Expectation Meeting The Hype

Read the article. If you love bread, you'll be inspired to buy the book (as I did).

Tonight I finally had the chance to try it out:

Fresh from the oven (compare to the cover picture on the book!):


Cooling:


For those too lazy to read the article (or the book) here's the quick version. Jim Lahey, the author of the book, has rediscovered a method for baking bread that does not require kneading, or for the none baker, beating the snot of the dough.

Mix flour, water, salt and a little bit of yeast. Let sit for 18-24 hours, letting the yeast do all the work normally done by kneading. Shape dough into loaf. Let sit another 2 hours. Bake. Let cool. Enjoy!

Quick note for the Canadian reader. Jim recommends 18 hours of sitting at 22-23 degrees Celsius. I did this in the winter, when our house is pegged to an even 20 degrees. I compensated by leaving out for 24 hours (this is recommended in the book).

This first loaf was absolutely delicious. The reviews are 100% correct. Easiest bread in the world to make, and it's really really good. Already making plans for the next batch!

1 comment:

Ken Breadner said...

Thank you for this. I'm going to try it..and just might end up buying the book.