No Knead to be Nervous

Ever since I watched Cooked I have been on a journey of making my own bread.  I have had several successes and also several complete failures.  Turns out bread making wasn’t as simple as I expected.  Well, that’s until today.  I have been reading a lot about no knead bread and for a long time I just didn’t buy it.  How could you not need to knead it (see what I did there?).  But since returning from my trip I  was dying for some fresh bread, and I decided to try this new technique, what did I have to lose? Well damn, I am impressed.  This recipe was super simple, 4 ingredients, and although it takes some time, you can be doing 100 other things while you wait.  Seriously, if you want fresh bread but are nervous to try, start with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • flavorings (rosemary, garlic, anything) optional

How to:

  1. In a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, and salt together.
  2. Slowly add in the water and incorporate gently using a wooden spoon.  It should turn into a cohesive ball but shredded and shagged.
  3. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 8-24 hours.  I was going to make them after 8 hrs, but ran out of time so I put it in the fridge overnight.
  4. After the time is up, preheat your oven to 450.
  5. Place the dough on a well floured surface and with floured hands form into a ball. Then break into 6 pieces and gently form them into balls as well. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a dutch oven or a roasting pan, place it in the oven to preheat for the 30 minutes the bread is resting.
  7. You can place parchment paper in the bottom if you are worried about it sticking, but I didn’t have a problem.
  8. Once 30 minutes are up, with floured hands place the rolls in the pan.  If you are using a roasting pan, cover with tinfoil, if you are using a dutch oven, put on the top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes covered. Then for 7-15 minutes uncovered until deliciously golden brown.
  10. Try to exhibit restraint in eating all of these at once.

To Discover a New City, You Must First Taste It

I am back from my two week adventure through Europe.  It feels like I have come out of a weird dream, like it hardly happened at all. It was an experience I will not soon forget.  One of my main goals of this trip was to eat my way through the countries I was in, and although I didn’t get to eat everything I could have dreamed of, I ate some truly wonderful things.  Join me, as we travel around Europe through food!

First Stop:

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is known for pastries but I was surprised by the amount of different culture’s food located around the city.  Nearly every country was represented on every street corner.  They also have this specialty that is basically like an open faced sandwich but with one piece of bread, it was delicious and decadent. They also have a cake called Christianhavn cake, that was out of this world.

London

London is a big city with a lot going on.  I knew from the start that I definitely needed to have fish and chips, Indian food, and High Tea.  I was delightfully surprised by again how many cultures I was able to experience in this city.  I was also amazed by High Tea and Cream Tea (like high tea but with just the desserts and biscuits).  London had some of my favorite surprises in food.


Barcelona

I wish I had more time to spend here, but we really only had one day to experience the city.  Started off the morning strong with fresh squeezed orange juice, managed to get our hands on sangria by the beach, churros by the bagful, and tapas. OH and the cheapest but most delicious (and strong) mojitos.


Italy

I knew I would love Italy, and I was not disappointed.  From the fresh pastas, delicious sauces, and markets selling fresh produce on every corner, I was sold from the start.  Meals were simple, but so flavorful, every ingredient is made with such care and is of high quality.  Every day I enjoyed a cappuccino and pastry from a local bar.  I got fed by a local Italian, AND we learned the magic of apertivo.  Apertivo is when you order a drink and you get access to a buffet or just get some free food. It is magic, and I wish we did it more.  That brings me to the drinks of Italy.  Processo was so cheap and delicious, especially when made into a fresh peach bellini.  Lambrusco is a sparkling sweet red.  And I was not disappointed in the house wine ever.  Italy was one of my favorite food destinations, I had to resist throwing away all of my clothes and filling my backpack with food. I definitely will be going back, hungry for more.


Berlin

Berlin was a destination with a short time again.  I read that it was a hot spot for delicious doner kebab and Vietnamese food, so those definitely were on my to try list. Also listed was schnitzel, pretzels, beer, and curry wurst.  They have a whole museum on curry wurst so I knew I had to have it, but I must say…not my favorite.  What were some of my favorites were the doner kebab salad box I had, the potato salad that had apples and pickles in it, and surprisingly I found a beer I LIKED! Shocking if you know me!


I wish it was more socially acceptable to eat 6 meals a day, and I also wish the heat made it more easily attainable.  But what I was able to eat and enjoy was truly memorable and delicious.  There are more detailed stories of everything I ate on my instagram so check those out!