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Okay yes I know I said I refused to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon this year but this just happened. It’s not that I don’t like pumpkin or pumpkin spice as I actually love the stuff but EVERYTHING went pumpkin spice. I mean when my cereal goes pumpkin spice then there is a problem. Too much of a good thing can ruin it folks. So for a while I was anti-pumpkin and went more towards the butterscotch route. Which seriously is so underrated. That stuff is awesome! But then again, so is pumpkin… *sigh* oh the dilema here folks.
So how did this then just happen? Okay, as you know we’ve been doing this huge remodel on our downstairs for about 8 years now. And since we’re doing it ourselves I’m often left with moving stuff from one place to another. Well in one of my moves to get stuff out of the way I came across a can of pumpkin that honestly, I forgot about. Checking the date on the can I realized that I needed to use it up soon. You know me, I refuse to waste food so up to the kitchen it went for me to use.
That night after dinner I spied the can sitting on my counter while I was cleaning up. I seriously had no clue what to make with it. Since time is something of a rarity for me these days I decided to go with simplicity and something that I didn’t really have to think about – no knead bread! This is honestly the EASIEST things to make when you’re unsure how to work with bread dough or even shaping dough. You don’t have to worry about “slack”, gluten, loaf shaping or even breaking out a stand mixer.
So when I first started this journey there were 2 common fears everyone had when it came to cooking – making bread from scratch and making pie crusts. I’ve tackled both numerous times on here. By far my Artisan Crusty No Knead breads, Chocolate No Knead Crusty Bread and Cheddar Ale No Knead Crusty Buns have pretty much taken over as numero uno for bread recipes. They are super, SUPER easy and require no special equipment. A dutch oven is best HOWEVER I show you how to make it without one.
Well those breads are awesome but sometimes you just want plain old fashioned white sandwich bread. Now I love, LOVE white bread as for me that immediately takes me to my childhood and Mom making it every Sunday. I’d sit up on the kitchen table, covered in flour from head to toe playing with a piece of dough for hours while I’d try to mimic her. It’s because of her that I fell in love with baking and not having a fear of making breads. Someone challenged me a while ago to make a No Knead White bread that didn’t require all the steps of a regular white bread but was equally as awesome! I’ll be honest, this one took me for a loop. I kept over thinking it. I forgot the basics and ended up with something so complex in steps and furthermore not that good tasting. So I sat and compared my basic No Knead recipes and my white bread recipes and pretty much took pieces and parts of them both.
As you can see I nailed it! This bread was crusty on the outside but so soft and billowy on the inside. It was just beyond tender and lip smacking good!
With the debut of my Awesomest No Knead Crusty Bread, it’s been a true whirlwind for this recipe. Those before that were intimidated by making fresh bread from scratch no longer feared it. Those that tried making bread before only to have it end up like a brick now found their love of making bread with this single recipe.
You all know me how I like to push the limits. Thus the creation of the Awesomest Double Chocolate Chunk Crusty No Knead Bread which is insane. I mean chocolate in bread!
Well I took it one step further. See I had a lot of folks say they didn’t have a dutch oven or even a cast iron pan. And since I do my very best to make sure everyone can make a recipe I set out to find a way that this crusty most awesomest bread could be made sans the dutch oven or cast iron pan.
As you can see, I think I succeeded! These buns were super crusty but oh so tender and chewy on the inside! Plus they have beer and cheese in them. I mean seriously, beer and cheese in any baked good is pure magic!
These were so amazing words can’t even describe them.
Ever since I posted my recipe for the Most Awesomest Crusty No Knead Bread EVER! the bread baking revolution has soared. Folks that were afraid to make bread from scratch were now becoming master bread bakers in their kitchens. Those that tried numerous times making other breads and ended up with nothing but bricks failed; giving up hope.
Until this… this GLORIOUS gorgeous bread.
When I tell you this is the EASIEST bread you will ever make, believe me! No kneading, no mixers, no fuss and nothing complicated.
Now while I make that bread about once a week with various flavor adaptations I always try and push the limits; see how far I can take it. Well the one day I was in a I NEED chocolate mood! But I also wanted bread. I really do limit my bread/carb intake even though it’s just cruel and pretty much a punishment but for me bread tends to pack on weight which is so not what I want. So as I stood in the kitchen one night staring at the jar of chocolate sitting right next to the loaf of tomato basil bread I contemplated making a chocolate sandwich. I instantly regressed back to sitting in 7th grade Social Studies watching a film and them discussing how French people eat chunks of chocolate between 2 slices of baguette bread for lunch. Yes, I did consider this but the though just seemed ‘dry’.
and there’s always a however with me. What if I made chocolate infused bread?!?! A wicked little grin formed on my face (kind of Grinch-like) and I figured I’d throw caution to the wind and make a chocolate version of my crusty no knead bread. I put it all together and covered it. About 18 hours later this thing looked so gorgeous. All black and puffy. I could not WAIT to put this baby in the oven. Since I was leery on the chocolate Read the rest of this entry »
So we all know that I love, no.. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE bread in like a big way. However I try not to eat a lot of it because it does tend to settle directly on my thighs. I truly think it just bypasses my mouth and goes directly to my stomach and thighs to rest like forever. LOL Honestly, I think it’s a ‘winter’ thing for me as typically in the warmer weather I want nothing to do with it. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but the last thing I want on a hot summer night is warm bread. However there’s something about bread being comforting on a cold winter night.
I mean just look at that bread! 1 simple recipe, with a few add-ins and you have your very own GOURMET Cranberry Almond Citrus Crusty Bread that rivals the best bakeries!
When it comes to bread I go in spurts as to what types I want albeit Brioche, Sourdough, Challah and so forth. Lately I’ve been on this HUUUUUUUUUGE crusty and chewy no knead bread. Perhaps partly because I was crushed over the holidays with baking so I needed easier stuff to make that just rocked your socks off. This has quickly become a staple (again) in our house that I make at least once a week. What I love the most about this recipe is that it’s so simple, so basic that ANYONE can make it (well okay, providing you have the ingredients and a dutch oven/clay baker with lid) and PATIENCE.