Stress Baking

By Peter Fritz

Looking for a distraction that provides comfort? Try baking bread. When you are making bread, the only thing you are thinking about is your bread. You are not thinking about anything else. If you want to try baking bread, but lack confidence, try this no knead bread from Mark Bittman of the New York Times. True to its name, no-knead bread doesn’t require any kneading. It’s pretty foolproof, yielding a low-rise loaf with minimal effort and equipment.

The YouTube video promises it will not go wrong.

While waiting for everything to be figured out and start to return to normal, at least you will have bread.  Give it a try.

Baked bread in a round baking tin

Here’s the recipe:

Speedy No-Knead Bread

Yield 1 big loaf

Time 45 minutes, plus 4 1/2 hours’ rising

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 packet (1/4 ounce) instant yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • Oil as needed

Preparation

  • Combine flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add 1&1/2 cups water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest about 4 hours at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
  • Lightly oil a work surface and place dough on it; fold dough over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes more.
  • At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6-to-8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under dough and put it into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  • Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.