Jim Lahey’s No Knead Baguette Recipe (Stecca)
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I’m a lazy lazy baker.
My oven never gets sweet action unless I’ve got someone else to help me along in the kitchen — my kids even are forced to bake their own birthday cake. So much for winning Mom of the Year award, eh?
And this is exactly why I love this No Knead Baguette recipe and other No Knead breads like the No Knead Sticky Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls (beware…I just gained 2 pounds saying that out loud), No Knead Pizza Dough: Pear and Gorgonzola Flatbread with Baby Arugula, No Knead Nutella and Hazelnut Challah. A couple years ago, when Andrew was 4 years old, he even made the original No Knead Bread (if he can do it, you can do it)
First things first…you’ve gotta mix the dough the night before. Or at least 10 hours, up to 18 hours (though secretly I’ve let it go 24 hours…see I told you I’m a lazy lazy baker!)
Mix together bread flour, salt, sugar, yeast, water. This is the night before and the boys are making bread in their PJ’s. Nathan wanted me to send along a message, “please don’t make fun of my pajamas or my Mom will kick yer butt.”
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 10-18 hours. But wait. It’s winter. Your “room temperature” might be different that mine. If your house is cold, put the bowl in the warm spot. Or you could let the dough hang out for 24 hours to give the chilly yeast more time to do its magic.
And if your house is REALLY cold, put the dang bowl under your covers and cuddle with it 😉
Once you’ve let it hang for 10-18 hours, scrape the dough out on your floured counter. Wet your hands and fold the dough over a couple of times to shape it into a flattened ball. Wet hands prevents the dough from sticking to your hands.
Set the dough ball seam side down, tuck the edges and seams under.
Brush dough with olive oil, cover loosely and let rise for 1-2 hours. So hey, that red towel? Bad idea. Even though I dusted with flour, it still stuck.
Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
The dough should be soft ‘n stretchy. Stretch each dough ball into a long, thin baguette.
Place each baguette on a nicely oiled baking sheet and embed some goodies in each one.
Brush with olive oil. Actually, it was more like drizzle and dab the olive oil.
Sprinkle generously with salt. Go easy on the olive one – olives are salty already.
My favorite one was the tomato, so I made 2 of those.
Send ’em to the oven to bake for 15-25 minutes 500F. If your oven doesn’t go that high, crank it up as high as you can and add a couple more minutes to baking time.
Eat right away…the salt on the bread will make the bread soft once it cools down. If you’re not eating right away, you can pop ’em back into the oven for a few minutes right before serving to crisp up again.
Of course, you can cheat and instead of making your own dough, just go to the store and get a fresh pizza dough ball at your supermarket (usually refrigerated in the bakery department) and stretch them out into thin baguettes. Now that’s way lazy. I like it.
More Recipes to Explore
No Knead Bread: so easy a 4-yr old can make it! (Steamy Kitchen)
No-Knead Nutella and Roasted Hazelnut Challah (Steamy Kitchen)
No-Knead Sticky Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls (Steamy Kitchen)
Tear Away Cheese Bread (Food Network)
Peasant Bread (YummyHealthyEasy.com)
No Knead Baguette Recipe - Jim Lahey's Recipe