Monday, March 17, 2008
Recipe Review -- Crunchy, Chewy, Delicious Bread
Highly unusual -- two recipes in a row that I just can't touch, no way to improve.
I read about this bread at Cheryl's, who read about it at Kimberly's, who read about it... apparently this bread makes an impression wherever it goes. I was so impressed by Cheryl's post that I bought a pot in which to cook this bread. Yes, a pot I said. This bread cooks in a pot with a lid, in a 450 degree oven, which disqualified every lidded pot I have. So, I broke down and bought a Lodge Cast Iron Dutch oven. It only put me back $29.99 -- not bad for a new pot that doesn't leach nickel into our food. And a good cast iron pot will last forever, if it makes it one piece from the retailer (that's another story though).
Anyway, back to the bread. This bread was touted by the baker in this video as being a bread that a six-year-old could make. Trust me, if my six-year-old could handle a 450-degree pot, she could make this bread. The recipe is simple -- found here -- but, again, you do have to have the pot and you have to start the day before.
I started yesterday evening after the dinner dishes were done and it took me less than two minutes -- honestly. I put the bowl in the microwave -- not to cook, just to rest -- and left it there for 15 hours. At about noon today I started step two and by 2:45 I had a great loaf of bread. Top five -- maybe best ever. It's crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. And it has a great taste -- it went wonderfully with our soup for dinner, but would be a great bread for a sandwich, too. It is really exactly like a bread you would buy at a pricey baker -- for the cost of 3 cups of flour, a teaspoon and a half of salt and a quarter teaspoon of salt (and a pot --wink--). Incredible.