Thursday, January 21, 2010

Are You a No Knead Bread Baker?

Win a Copy of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day!

Grilled Mozzarella on Susan's No Knead Italiano Bread

It's been over three years since 'no knead' bread practically took over the world. Who knew one little article in the New York Times would have such a global phenomenon, but it definitely did. The most wonderful thing to come from this craze? A whole slew of people who were inspired and unintimidated enough to start baking their own bread. Woohoo!

I wrote about my experiences with Jim Lahey's original no knead bread recipe that appeared in Mark Bittman's New York Times column—including how and why I quit baking it in a Dutch oven—on Farmgirl Fare back in December 2006. Jim, who is the founder of New York's famed Sullivan Street Bakery, (finally!) has a new book out called My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method.

Here at A Year in Bread, we each made some sort of no knead bread during the second month of our first baking year in 2007. Kevin decided to try making some No Knead English Muffins, Beth came up with a beautiful Little Bit Twisted, Kinda Nuts, noKnead Oatmeal Toasting Bread (which was inspired by her Cinnamon Spice Pecan Swirl version of my popular Oatmeal Toasting Bread), and I took the ingredients I use to make Italian sausage and created No Knead Italiano Bread, which makes fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches.

In 2007, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois came out with a book called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking, which now has a whopping 200,000+ copies in print. We somehow missed the five minute bread craze, but food bloggers all over the world are still writing and raving about the technique and recipes in this bestselling book.

Jeff and Zoe have now written a second book called Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients, which adapts their super-fast method for the health-conscious baker. Many of the recipes are even 100% whole grain.

Loaf of twisted, nutty, oatmeal noKnead bread
Beth's Little Bit Twisted, Kinda Nuts, noKnead Oatmeal Toasting Bread

Beth and I both received review copies of this new book from the publisher, and we're looking forward to doing some test baking from it soon. In the meantime, we're giving away a hardcover copy of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day to one A Year in Bread reader!

Just leave a comment in this post telling us something—anything—about no knead bread. Are you a big fan? Did you start baking bread because of it? Have you come up with your own personalized no knead bread recipe that you just can't stop baking? Do you have a favorite recipe from, or something to say about, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day? If you've written about no knead bread on your own blog or shared photos on flickr, you're welcome to include a link in your comment.

One entry per person please. We moderate comments, so if yours doesn't show up right away, there's no need (ha ha) to leave another one. You can enter through next Wednesday, January 27th, and we'll choose and announce a random winner on Thursday or Friday. Please check back to see if you've won, especially if we have no way to get a hold of you (for example, if you have a blogger profile, is it public and does it list your correct e-mail address?). Sorry, but the book is being sent from the publisher and can only be shipped to a U.S. address.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear what you all have to say about no knead bread.

© Copyright 2010 the book loving bread baking blog where one of our goals this year is to bake more recipes from our dozens of beautiful bread books!


Anonymous Kristina said...

I love no knead bread. I can make better bread than I can buy for far less money. We've really had to cut back this year on our expenses and no knead bread has helped us with this!

1/21/2010 4:28 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

No-knead bread has inspired me to try my hand at yeast baking in general, which I'd previously been too intimidated to even try. While I haven't tried the no-knead method yet (I'm working my way towards the super-slack dough bit by bit), I have braved other yeasty recipe to some great and some not-so-great results. All in all, it's opened new avenues of baking for me, who previously limited my baking to desserts.

1/21/2010 4:31 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Can I say that no-knead bread is something I've never heard about..but, I'd sure like to gie it a try!

1/21/2010 4:41 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I have been a bread hater for so long, that changed when I became interested in baking by reading your blog. I have just started making bread, like three times now and I do have to say. I love bread.

I have read a few articles about no-knead bread and I can't wait to try recipe.

1/21/2010 5:29 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I read the article and was really excited about the idea. I tried one of the recipes floating around but it didn't turn out well at all. The texture just wasn't right.

I would love to give it another try, maybe if i had the book....


1/21/2010 5:35 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

It's really the bread I bake, in fact I just baked a loaf today. I have tweaked it a bit. I use a combo of all purpose flour, whole wheat flour and spelt and it makes a very good toasting bread. I also let it rise for the second time and then bake it in my French Oven, start in a cold oven and top it with poppy and sesame seeds. I fond the "plop it in the French Oven method a disaster. This recipe and method is my fool-proof bread recipe. I would love to win the new book with a healthier version to compare with what I already make.

1/21/2010 5:49 PM  
Blogger Nikkimay said...

I was very late to the no-knead party, but tried it for the first time a couple of weekends ago.

It was so yummy! My husband and I went through several slices right out of the oven with butter and honey. Yum!

I plan on making another loaf or two this weekend, and I'm eager to try converting it into hamburger (gardenburger) buns!

1/21/2010 5:53 PM  
Blogger carly mae said...

I have just begun no-knead baking and it has been my first foray into bread making, although its something I have wanted to learn for two years now.

It was a very un-intimidating way to start and almost immediately I felt more confidant to experiment.

I definitely foresee myself getting deeper and deeper into bread these next few months!

1/21/2010 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No knead bread has saved me on many occasions when unexpected guests were coming. It's also a wonderful way to introduce children to bread making without loss of interest by waiting through risings. Love the stuff.

1/21/2010 6:39 PM  
Blogger thelittlefluffycat said...

I'm another one who's never tried no-knead bread, but speaking as someone who knocks out several pounds of bread on a regular basis, even the thought of it's making me grin. I'd love to win this book and have a ramble through it.

1/21/2010 6:56 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

I borrowed Kneadlessly Simple from the library last fall, then got a copy of my own for Christmas, and I'm having fun experimenting. I LOVE fresh bread, and it's nice to be able to make my own in little quick bursts. (Although getting the timing right around my work/sleep schedule has been tricky.)

I've written some about my experiments on my blog, too.

Interesting to see that you were able to do the original no-knead recipe w/out a dutch oven, as that's kept me from trying some recipes. I wonder if my cast-iron pan will serve in place of a baking stone?

(The house temperature thing is funny in the wintertime for me too. The author of the book I have describes "cool room temperature" as about 70F IIRC. In WA, in the winter, the furnace gets set down to the mid50s overnight. Perhaps I should just leave that first rise even longer.)

1/21/2010 6:57 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

I love the simplicity and ease of no knead bread. But I'll be honest and tell you I rarely make it, because there's just something about kneading that rejuvenates my spirit.

1/21/2010 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a funny thing, but for 19 hour no knead bread, I mix it together right at 10pm, right before I go to bed, turn the oven light on and toss er in. and then let it do it's TAN


1/21/2010 7:52 PM  
Anonymous maureenC said...

I love no knead bread. My son's favorite is the no knead raisin bread that I make. I have been using this method now for over a year.

1/21/2010 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the first breads I ever made (as a teenager) was a poppy seed batter bread from a Fleischman's Yeast cookbook. It was wonderful, and crazy easy! Kind of a short-form no-knead bread. I need (heh) to find that recipe, I'm sure I still have it.

(Does being Beth's indexer disqualify me? )

Patti in Seattle

1/21/2010 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the no-knead breads. I tried it probably a year ago and have made it several times since. Hmmm....I haven't done it for awhile. Excuse me I need to go mix up some bread.

1/21/2010 8:29 PM  
Blogger The Splitty Family said...

As a busy mother to four little ones, no-knead baking sounds like a great fit for saving time and money. I would love to give it a try!! This Blog is so inspiring and I love the photography, thanks for all the tips, recipes and info!!

1/21/2010 8:29 PM  
Blogger Deanne said...

Their first No-Knead Book got me back to baking bread. I love to have a batch of the Master Recipe in the fridge to make grilled pizzas. Such a quick dinner when you have the dough made. Would love to have the new book.

1/21/2010 8:54 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I'm curious about this no-knead bread! I have never tried it. I wonder if it would inspire me to let go of my crutch: the wimpy bread machine.

1/21/2010 9:18 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I really enjoy both kneaded and no-knead breads however no knead allows me to make a lovely crusty bread that just doesn't happen with my kneaded loaves.

I would love to have either of these cookbooks for fresh new recipes to love.

1/21/2010 9:30 PM  
Blogger Zan Asha said...

I have to tell you: my mother was an all out-old fashioned, stir-the-bread-dough-with-a-wooden-spoon, and THEN knead it. I had bread baking terror for the rest of my life!

But I DID want to learn how to self-sufficiently make bread (and other pastries), and so I tried the No-knead bread.

Can I just say: it's restored my faith in my baking abilities, and I just LOVE the bread I made.

The only downside: you CAN'T just eat ONE slice! Which is a downside I'll take anytime!

But hey, with the new healthier breads in your giveaway, that might be no problem, after all! A win-win situation! :)

1/21/2010 9:37 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I loved the cooks illustrated (almost) no-knead bread... it comes with explanations of what each step contributes to the final product.. unfortunately it used to be free on the web but now cooks illustrated is requiring a membership to see it.. though you can get it with the 14-day trial..

1/21/2010 9:39 PM  
Blogger rosemary said...

I bought the first book and love the bread, but still need to find the perfect formula for baking it at high altitude. The sticky buns are fab.u.lous! No telling how much bread I'd bake with the "Healthy" bread book!

1/21/2010 9:48 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

No-knead bread has revolutionized my life. Or at least my dinners. Although it took me a long time to get up my courage to try making it, once I did, I couldn't go back to anything else. Dinner just isn't dinner without fresh bread! I have a copy of Artisan Bread in 5, and have borrowed the library's copy of Healthy Bread to peruse, so I'd love to win a copy so I don't have to purchase it myself!

1/21/2010 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have never made no-knead bread - in part because i'm more drawn to whole white/grain varieties - but would love to win the book and give it a try.

1/21/2010 10:01 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

I know little about no knead bread, having been a hand shaped bread person for 20 years. What I do know is that it looks and feels sticky, which to me is a scary. I am retired now so would like to bake more of my bread, though, and these books look like winners.

1/21/2010 10:03 PM  
Blogger One Acre Homestead said...

I discovered the no knead method last summer and have been baking bread ever since! My Bible Study group certainly was glad that I read about it in Mother Earth News, THAT'S for sure! I recently got a grain mill & would love to see the new book with whole grains featured! Wonder if it covers alternate grains (other than wheat) as well? That would be fun!

1/21/2010 10:13 PM  
Blogger Renee J said...

What's not to love about a no-knead bread? Freshly baked bread is so good but kneading takes some of the fun out of it (not all, there are days when I love a good kneading!).

1/21/2010 10:21 PM  
Blogger Mama C said...

I love No Knead Breads! I have checked it out from the library at least 4 times...and turned it in late and paid the fines at least 4 times! Hmmm...maybe I just need to break down and but it...or maybe could win this new one!

1/21/2010 11:11 PM  
Blogger EmmettFerret said...

My husband is ther baker at my house and I love no-knead bread because the kitchen stays much, much, MUCH, MUCH cleaner! MUCH, did I say MUCH?

lbaran .pcs@

1/21/2010 11:40 PM  
Blogger Jan - Big Brown Dog Primitives said...

For some reason, I have more problems with no knead bread than I do with straight dough yeast bread. Maybe the book would help!

1/22/2010 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Kathy M said...

I've heard that the bread books written by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois are inspiring and not too intimidating. I'm new to break making and looking forward to learning some new baking skills. I would be happy with any book written by these authors.

1/22/2010 1:57 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I have a great no-knead recipe that really turns out so well - very chewy and with great texture. I've tried the Lahey version but that wasn't very successful for me.

1/22/2010 2:07 AM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

I have always been a baker but not a bread baker, until the no-knead bread craze hit with Jim Lahey's recipe. After that I caught the bug and went out and bought a copy of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day; the 2 really helped me to discover the joy of bread making at home.

1/22/2010 2:26 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Though I admit to finding real joy and something therapeutic about hand kneading a loaf now and then,a busy schedule does not always allow that indulgence. Since I started baking bread several years ago, no store bought bread is acceptable is this house anymore. No knead bread has allowed there to be fresh bread in our house everyday. The long ferment of these style breads also seems to add a certain flavor and character to each loaf... and you still get your hands on that fresh dough... Life is good !

1/22/2010 5:12 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I just found your blog. I love bread and there is nothing better than the smell and taste of bread you make your self. I found several recipes that I am going to try. I have never made a no knead bread but am looking forward to trying it. THanks.

1/22/2010 5:13 AM  
Blogger Tara Rison said...

I have been reading all about this, but have never given it a whirl. I just started revamping my family's diet, so this book would help me learn this technique and give me some healthy recipes to try. Oh...hope I win!

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

1/22/2010 5:30 AM  
Anonymous LadyJane said...

Alas, I have yet to make the no-knead bread work for me. I've had email help from the author of 'Artisan Bread in 5 minutes' himself, and still I end up with flatbread. Tasty, but still flatbread. But I have not given up. I will keep trying.

1/22/2010 5:44 AM  
Blogger shortoldlady said...

Our family has a refrigerator roll recipe that we love but not into bread making .....yet!

1/22/2010 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have recently started milling my own whole wheat flour and am having a little trouble getting a really good loaf of 100% whole wheat flour. If I win this book maybe it will help me.

1/22/2010 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

I have not tried the no knead bread. I do use a no knead roll though to make Christmas sticky buns. I find that even though kneading takes time, once I get into it it really helps to get into the rhythm and pound and flex out my frustrations. Stress relief. As a time saver would like to try no knead since I work and have a long commute.

1/22/2010 6:45 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I love no-knead bread, because it solves my main bread-baking issue: I never seem to knead enough!!

1/22/2010 6:58 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I enjoy no-knead but as you note it is sometimes better to knead the eat....

1/22/2010 7:13 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I would love to try out the no-knead bread. I've got it on my todo list for 2010 - bake more bread!

1/22/2010 7:17 AM  
Blogger tammy said...

I have not tried it yet but now is the time. thanks !

1/22/2010 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I've tried no-knead breads a few times and while they are quite good, I don't think the texture is as good as a tried-and-true kneaded "let-it-rise-a-couple-of-times" bread.

I've always loved good bread, so I'm always ready to try any of it.

Thanks again.

1/22/2010 7:48 AM  
Blogger Elsie said...

I make no knead bread every week - I love the way it makes the house smell and I find that I can make a lot of variations. My favorite is adding a little oatmeal each time and sometimes flax seed.

1/22/2010 7:51 AM  
Blogger Handmade By Brenda said...

I just started making no-knead bread last month after drooling over the bread pics at a year in bread. I picked the light wheat recipe from abi5mad. I still can't believe it has less than five ingredients. We have significantly reduced our commercial bread consumption - yay! Now that I'm feeling comfortable making bread (I didn't know I could kill the yeast with scaling hot water.), I will try some light wheat loaves. BTW - I make the bread my my kids. So much to learn in the kitchen - counting, fine and gross motor skills (sweeping flour and stirring the dough), and getting messy. Love it all!

1/22/2010 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Mary T Salmon said...

The no-knead method is great for me. I have arthritis in my wrists but have been a traditional bread-maker all my life. Read more about me at
Thanks so much!

1/22/2010 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

You guys inspired me to try baking all our bread this year. I did it for myself when I was single, but that was a decade ago and I've only made occasional loaves since then. So far so good, and we're going on our 3rd batch (of two loaves) of the year. I'm testing recipes to find the perfect one.

You also inspired me to try no-knead bread with your beer-batter bread (which my husband adores). I'll be making more of that once he's made his first batch of beer (christmas kit) and I've got fresh herbs in the garden (or access to them).

I've got the Artisan bread book on my Amazon shopping cart for our next order!

1/22/2010 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

No knead bread changed the way we eat! I have a no knead sourdough bread that I make weekly. It is a wonderful healthy option for my husband's lunch. He loves taking his homemade bread sandwiches to work. I love giving the extra loaves each week to friends and family.

1/22/2010 7:57 AM  
Blogger overyonder said...

A friend came to several dinner parties in a row with this amazing fresh-baked bread - come to find out it was the NYT no-knead recipe. That was several years ago and now our whole group takes turns baking it. Have also tried pizza dough, and looking forward to other attempts!

1/22/2010 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Nancy from Mass said...

I first heard about 5 Minutes a Day on Mother Earth News. I have been making the boule bread since then, and know the recipe by heart. I would love this new cookbook to expand my no-knead recipe file.

1/22/2010 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

Since moving up to the mountains at almost 9,000 feet I have been too nervous to try baking any bread. I have been slowly adjusting my recipes for altitude and have tons of luck with some and not so much on others. Not familiar with no-knead bread but might be something to try up there!

1/22/2010 8:26 AM  
Blogger naiadkitty said...

I make regular bread often, but I was scared off from no-knead breads by the negative reviews it got when it first came out. Apparently, they've fixed those problems, and it might be time for me to take another look!

1/22/2010 8:26 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

When I packed up my cookbooks for storage while we live with my parents-in-law, Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day was the one book I kept out. I'd sure love to have its sister!

1/22/2010 8:31 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

This is the first time I have heard of no-knead bread -- I am excited to try it.

1/22/2010 8:37 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I actually love kneading bread, but I am planning on trying the no-knead bread because I don't need to be home all day to make it. And the concept of five minutes a day sounds wonderful.

1/22/2010 8:41 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Brand new reader..
I actually love kneading bread, such good stress relief, but the no knead recipe gets the most wonderful crust on it! It's kind of a big dilemma I face every time I bake bread, knead or crust?

1/22/2010 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love no knead bread. I'm using a variation from Cook's Illustrated. I love the rye bread. It's better than any I've ever bought from a bakery and there isn't high fructose corn syrup and all those preservatives when you make your own bread.

1/22/2010 9:10 AM  
Blogger missallizoom said...

I first read about no-knead bread in Mother Earth News and LOVED it. I stopped making the bread because I missed whole grains, CAN'T WAIT to get my hand on this book and check it out... I may become a locavore afterall!

1/22/2010 9:29 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

I love the original no knead bread - I always make it when I have people over and they can't believe it came out of my oven! I didn't know there was a whole book about - I'm going to put that on my list.

1/22/2010 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I need to learn how to make no knead bread. I am trying to bake my own bread in 2010. The only way to learn is just do it. I love your website. Thank you for the inspiration.

1/22/2010 9:46 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

I've never actually heard of no knead bread, but I definitely like to give it a try.

1/22/2010 9:51 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I haven't made the Lahey no-knead bread that I hear all about, but I have done beer bread multiple times. I love kneading though! Susan's carrot herb rolls are now on my thanksgiving menu every year. Something about the lovely orange and green flecked dough balls makes me so happy!

1/22/2010 9:57 AM  
Anonymous DirtyKSmama - Nikki said...

I keep reading about no-knead bread but haven't tried it yet. Just got my first Chicago Metallic Commercial bread pans last week, so I'm ready to start baking some bread, and no-knead sounds like a good place to start.

1/22/2010 10:25 AM  
Blogger passero said...

I love bread! Sourdough, multigrain, sweet, herbed... you name it! I'd been too intimidated to bake bread until a few months ago when I stumbled upon this blog. The no-knead bread is next on my list! Having recipes for 5-minute bread would be amazing and would definitely encourage me to bake more.

1/22/2010 10:36 AM  
Anonymous @busymomto5 said...

as a busy mama to 5 I need to learn how to make no knead bread!!

1/22/2010 10:37 AM  
Blogger Jo Lynne Valerie said...

Me, me, me! I want and need that machine!

I have myself on a fairly structured diet, so making my own bread has been something I've enjoyed for years. My kids like it too, because they've been able to try some really unique home-made breads, varieties you don't always find in the grocery store, such as garlic and onion bread, Portuguese bread, kalamata olive and basil bread, spelt and honey bread - to name a few.

See?? I need that machine! :)

Thanks for running this contest - very, very cool of you to do so.

1/22/2010 10:39 AM  
Blogger Karen M said...

I bought their first book ABin5 for my son-in-law, who's becoming quite a cook and baker, but there wasn't much in it for me, since I can no longer eat wheat/dairy/soy.

I was thrilled to hear about this new book, since it includes some GF recipes, and because GF breads seem to do better without kneading... the doughs should be a bit wetter, in order not to be too dry.

Really good bread is something that is missing from my life right now, and I'd love to get it back!

1/22/2010 10:40 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I've made both the no-knead and the 5 min a day. I love the both. My favorite part is the crispy crust. My next try is putting the bread in a loaf pan to see what happens.

1/22/2010 10:44 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I just baked my first loaf of no-knead bread last weekend. It came out beautifully, crispy on the outside, deliciously soft on the inside! My son, a notorious picky eater, liked the bread so much he ventured to try it dipped in a little seasoned olive oil and liked it even more! If home baked bread is the key to him trying new foods, I'll be serving it with every meal! Oh who am I kidding, I'm hooked, I'll serve it with every meal anyways!

1/22/2010 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

No-knead bread is a favorite at our house. I have shared with others and they can't believe how easy it is.

1/22/2010 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Mimi said...

I don't make enough no knead bread but every time I try it, the process amazes me. It's almost alchemical how it creates something with no effort!

1/22/2010 10:59 AM  
Blogger MrsD said...

I made no knead bread for awhile but it was too chewy for my little toddler kids that I switched to making it the regular way...they're a little older now...and I've been thinking of giving it another try.

1/22/2010 11:09 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I am a HUGE fan of this book! Easy recipe,great tasting. I never was much of a bread eater before, the master recipe changed my mine. My favorite is the caraway rye recipe from the first book.

1/22/2010 11:26 AM  
Blogger Doreen said...

I love making no-knead bread and have been making it since the summer of 2007 using Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day as my method/recipes of choice. I have given away several copies of zoe and jeff's book to family and they love it too. I also have Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes A Day and love it too!!! I'd love to win a copy though, I would give it to a friend of mine.

1/22/2010 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've made it a few times and really like the convenience. Dee~sheepish56(at)aol(dot)com

1/22/2010 11:42 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I make all of our bread. It is so much healthier for my family, not to mention helps with expenses. I am very excited about no knead bread. You are a big help in my baking adventure.

1/22/2010 11:55 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I have learned so much about baking bread with your help. Can't wait to try the no knead bread.

1/22/2010 11:57 AM  
Blogger Abby Fula said...

I'm a stay-at-home mom and when I need fresh bread it's nice to know that I don't always have to run to the store to get it. Plus homemade is better than what I can find in my local stores!

1/22/2010 12:02 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I recently purchased the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day & am just getting started on using far I have done 1 batch. My husband loves the bread & I'm impressed with how easy it is. I also got my sister on the bandwagon! Would love to win the new healthy bread book! Also, am looking forward to reading your blog, as I just discovered it via Farmgirl Fare.

1/22/2010 12:06 PM  
Blogger sherri s. said...

Wow...I've never made no-knead bread before (in fact, I rather enjoy the motion of kneading and the idea that generations of women have stood at their counters and done the same motion). However: I'm game to try it so would love to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks!

1/22/2010 12:27 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I made these potato rolls last Thanksgiving and they were very popular.

1/22/2010 12:27 PM  
Blogger carmen.bocanegra said...

I have been baking bread since I was 12. But I've never been completely satisfied with the result, so I buy from my local bakery, too.
One of my goals on is to learn to bake really good bread. I've been reading about the no-knead method and am going to give that a try! Thanks for all the tips - I look forward to getting better and better!

1/22/2010 12:27 PM  
Blogger Urban Breadmachine said...

I haven't treid it, as I've just started my breadmaking adventures this year. I'd love to have more inspiration to make more kinds of breads and buy less of them!

1/22/2010 12:29 PM  
Blogger SoCalGal said...

My hubby loves to make bread...this sounds so great!

1/22/2010 12:38 PM  
Anonymous RachelB said...

I love the idea of making rolls for dinner on short notice. I make a kneaded bread for our sandwich bread but I would love to be able to branch out to something other then sandwich bread.

1/22/2010 12:49 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Yes, put me down for the book--I mean choose me! I love no-knead type breads! That chewy filling bread is amazing. We bake all of our breads and buns--nothing is bought anymore. I do need this book to expand my horizons!

1/22/2010 1:04 PM  
Blogger Birgit said...

My experience with the no-knead bread is this (very important): Do not EVER, under ANY circumstances, spill some of your room temperature water on your oven door glass while trying to pour it into the hot metal pie pan in your oven to create steam. You will immediately have a $300 loaf of bread (the cost to replace your cracked oven glass door).

1/22/2010 1:26 PM  
Blogger JLGB said...

My husband is the main baker of no-knead bread in our house, which somehow makes it taste even better! I'm really excited about the new recipes incorporating more whole wheat...

1/22/2010 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Jeanna said...

I LOVE the 5-minute a day to fresh bread recipes (I originally found this on Mother Earth magazine's web site). I bake it as bread, bread sticks (which is our favorite way to use the dough right now), english muffins, cinnamon rolls, pizza crust. It has just revolutionized the fare coming out of my kitchen. We live in a small town, so quality bakery items are few and far between unless I can duplicate. We have also long been lovers of Panera restaurants and this bread recipe comes darn close. I'm sold on it. I bought the book for my niece for a wedding gift and would love to try recipes from the newest book. I cannot recommend this book and this method highly enough!

1/22/2010 1:35 PM  
Blogger Farmer G said...

I've heard of no-knead bread, but I haven't tried making it. Yet. I'm hoping to try the Italiano recipe this weekend.

1/22/2010 2:07 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I've wanted to try no-knead bread, because I'm on a strict gluten-free diet and GF doughs aren't good for kneading. Xanthan gum has an awful texture if you work it too much. Hoping I can find just one decent GF bread recipe!

1/22/2010 2:13 PM  
Blogger April said...

I love the idea of no knead bread, but the few times I have tried it I haven't had much success. guess I need more practice and some great recipes!

1/22/2010 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Lou Davis said...

I have tried the bread and like it. Will have to try some of your recipes.

1/22/2010 2:32 PM  
Blogger Chris and Rebekah said...

My family loves bread and I've been baking all our breads for about a year. Every one I make you have to knead which is ok because I actually like to knead! We home school and this morning there was a recipe in my daughter's history book for some "Easy Viking Bread." You mix it and cook it and it was awful! I'd like to find some much better no knead recipes now!

1/22/2010 2:34 PM  
Blogger Veggie Virginia said...

I received Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day for Christmas this year. I have really been enjoying testing it out. I blogged about it here:
I really want to try the technique with whole grain doughs.

1/22/2010 4:00 PM  
Blogger LB said...

I LOVE homemade bread. My great grandmother always had fresh bread (although after she hit 90, she started using Roundy's frozen bread dough :) I'm just learning to bake bread now, but it's hard to find time during the week (I end up having to stay up way too late!) I'd love to try this book because it would help me bake bread during the week!

1/22/2010 4:36 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I started baking my own bread again, but used the bread machine for the dough part, and put it into a regular pan to bake. I was fairly good at doing it every week, but kind of fell off the wagon. I find the no-knead idea intriguing, since it's hard for me to knead (hence the bread machine). Being able to pinch it off and use it sounds great!!

1/22/2010 4:38 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

How did you know one of my goals this year was to improve my bread making skills? I am embarrassed to say they are very minimal). I would LOVE to win the book. Thanks for the chance!

1/22/2010 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always game to try something new so when I saw no-knead bread I knew it was something great.

My husband claims he has fallen in love with me all over again because of the delicious bread that has been coming out of the kitchen

Sandy in NJ

1/22/2010 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marvelous No Knead bread -- has changed the way I eat bread. Anything else is somehow less than satisfactory! Yum!

1/22/2010 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Kirsten said...

Let's see, for dinner tonight had pizza (with no knead pizza dough), lunch was salad and roll (no knead whole wheat) and we're having sticky rolls tomorrow morning (no knead). I'm definitely a fan!

1/22/2010 6:41 PM  
Blogger Elizkat said...

I haven't tried no-knead but since reading all the comments singing its praises I will definitely be making some. I have made several types of kneaded bread, but I am looking forward to something easier.

1/22/2010 7:08 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I'd never heard of no-knead bread until a link from Farmgirl Fare brought me here. I'd love to start baking bread, and this might be a good way to start.

1/22/2010 8:43 PM  
Blogger The Monkeyhippy said...

I made no-knead bread a couple times last year (while I was still gainfully employed), but it's really graduate school that illuminates the bread's fabulousness. I make the "quick" version, and since I'm often home during the day now, I can make it just about every day. Plus, it's cheap, yet it wins friends and influences other hungry grad students. Thank goodness for Jim Lahey, I might not get through grad school without him.

1/22/2010 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Elysse said...

I love no-knead bread. Once I taught my husband how easy it was, he bakes all of bread!

1/22/2010 9:24 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I really want to learn how to do this! My two oldest daughters make all of our bread...and somehow I have a feeling they won't live here forever. I will be sadly hurting unless I learn now! Thanks for the chance.

1/22/2010 9:58 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

I loved my no knead bread. Made me feel like a real baker even though I'm clearly not.

1/22/2010 10:00 PM  
Blogger Gaby Stahl said...

For years I have made a pizza that takes 6-8 hours and involves at least 2 risings and kneadings.

Yesterday, I mixed a tub of the basic no-knead recipe to make a loaf a day in 5 minutes. It makes an even better pizza than the recipe that takes 8 hours!

Tomorrow, no-knead Pecan Sticky Buns!

1/22/2010 10:20 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I've been trying and trying to make different breads and some come out and some don't. I tried some of the 5 min bread recipes and again some worked and some didn't...looking to make more better for you breads for the family this year and would love to win this new book

1/22/2010 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm so new to no-knead bread, that I have not yet tried it.

1/23/2010 3:09 AM  
Anonymous Lavina said...

My love affair with no-knead was very similar to Susan's. Loved it at first, then not so much. Mostly, I couldn't wrap my head around all the white flour. I'd love to try a whole wheat version.


1/23/2010 4:56 AM  
Blogger Lorna Jean said...

I love experimenting with bread recipes, but haven't tried the no-knead method yet. If there are recipes with whole grains, perhaps it's time I try! I would love to experiment with some gluten-free recipes (even though I am not allergic to gluten).

So many breads, so little time!

1/23/2010 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Melissa K said...

While I love the No Knead when it's fresh, right out of the oven, it gets soggy so quickly that I hardly make it. Hubby like it when we have stew or something that needs to be mopped up, so I'll make it then, but usually a smaller batch that can get eaten up in one sitting. I only make the bigger (original sized) batch when I'm cooking for company.

1/23/2010 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I love the no knead bread! I'll bake any kind of bread, but I really like the 5 minute a day recipe that I got from Mother Earth News. I can mix it up and let it rise a couple hours and just store in the fridge until I am in the mood for some fresh warm bread from the oven. I love how fast I can prepare it when I don't have a ton of time to make fresh bread when I get home from work. We really only eat homemade bread at my house since I don't like all the preservatives in most breads bought at the store. It's cheaper too!

1/23/2010 10:08 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I bought Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day a couple months ago and have been baking up a storm since. My arthritic hands can't handle kneading any longer, so this is a great way to still be able to have wonderful bread.
Thanks for the give away.

1/23/2010 1:05 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I've never tried making no knead bread before. I've seen the it thrown around but never given it a try.

1/23/2010 1:30 PM  
Blogger richardson said...

tried my hand a couple of times at no-knead bread. does make an easier process than normal kneading process. would like to try some of the recipes in the book.

1/23/2010 2:01 PM  
Blogger Baking Soda said...

Oh yes, I tried, right when the NYT article came on and several bloggers jumped on it. It was fun to share our experiences!

1/23/2010 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

I have wanted this book for the longest time- I was given a bread machine by my Mom to make fresh bread daily for my husband since he cant eat a meal without bread in his hand (we are Italian). It is fun and I love the bread but something is missing...I want to make mouth watering bread and I want to do it fresh everyday! I think this book will help me with that!

1/23/2010 3:26 PM  
Blogger the Duckster. said...

I am a no-knead breader... I love regular bread and have never tried the no-knead. LOL. I have tried one recipe from the new Healthy 5 minute bread cookbook, and loved it.

1/23/2010 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Beth from CT said...

I like making bread and have tried the no knead bread. It was ok but I much prefer whole grain. Can't wait to try one the new whole grain version.

1/23/2010 3:47 PM  
Blogger Annette M. said...

I love making bread but have never tried the no-knead bread. I would love to try it out.

1/23/2010 8:04 PM  
Anonymous pat sloan ( said...

my friend RAVES about no knead so it is on the top of my list to try!! i like the process of kneading, but also am seduced by the thought of easy bread... ahhh.. the luxury!

1/23/2010 10:48 PM  
Blogger megan said...

No-knead bread almost always works for me. I love the method!

1/23/2010 11:42 PM  
Blogger Lien said...

I have their first no knead book and baked several things out of it. Some with better results than others. I like it as a different way to bake bread. So from time to time I bake this way and try their recipes. Curious how this will work with 'healthier' breads. The hardest thing about baking this way is having the space in my tiny fridge!

1/24/2010 4:10 AM  
Blogger pinky said...

I often lean toward no-knead bread because of a disability that makes kneeding very difficult. I have
found there seems to be limited sources for no-knead recipes.

1/24/2010 6:24 AM  
Blogger Auntie LuLu said...

Have the 1st book, would love the 2nd. Thanks for the give a way


1/24/2010 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Hippo Flambe said...

I have made the no knead bread several times but really prefer my own cracked wheat bread recipe for everyday use. I read somewhere that after the original recipe was featured on Bitman's blog people began stealing the handles off Le Creuset pots t replace the ones they melted. I always wrapped mine in foil to prevent that.


1/24/2010 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Jess G said...

The world works mysteriously.

I just pulled out a handwritten recipe called "Jim Lahey's no knead bread" which I had jotted down as I skeptically baked it with my mother last Christmas. It turned out delicious, of course, and now I find a mention of it on your blog!

I'm easing into the business of bread baking. I started with a pumpkin quick bread and a beer bread. I moved on to your blueberry bars which don't count as bread but it was so awesome I made them twice.

Now I'm attempting salt rising bread and I'm back to re-consult your tips and you've updated this week! Great! Thank you.

Jess G

1/24/2010 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Liz Stultz said...

I took up bread baking a few years ago as a part of my overall response to the realization that there is high fructose corn syrup in most of the store brands, as well as a bunch of other stuff I can't pronounce. It's too the point now that my girls won't eat bread bought at the store, they prefer Mommy Bread, a half whole wheat recipe that I tweaked from The Bread Bible. It's very satisfying (usually) to bake my own! Would love to know more about this no knead method, I think I remember an article about it in Mother Earth magazine recently.

1/24/2010 5:26 PM  
Blogger posie said...

I'm just going to start trying to make bread... I'm starting with no knead. Wish me luck!!

1/24/2010 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blogs, and am very intrigued by this method of bread baking. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you,

1/24/2010 8:07 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

A friend of mine just shared in her blog about the book "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day". I have always been a bit scared of making bread at home but this has made me want to try.

1/24/2010 10:13 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

I have tried no-knead bread once and was somewhat successful. I would like to try it again!

1/24/2010 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been ages since I baked bread. The no-knead method might be a good way to get back into it, especially with healthy grains, etc.

1/25/2010 7:05 AM  
Anonymous jeannaMO said...

I love the no knead method! Actually my bread bowl is sitting in the fridge with some empty crumbs but since they say not to wash it, I am going to mix some more up in the bowl tonight so that we can have lots of good home cooked meals ready to go for the week. I'm thinking it'll make pitas and pizzas this week!


1/25/2010 9:52 AM  
Blogger frugalmom said...

I would love to be able to make successfull no-knead breads with more than just white flour!

1/25/2010 12:03 PM  
Anonymous dianne said...

i have the first book and really like it. i've made bread, grilled pizza crust, calzones - tons of stuff with it. i mostly use the light whole wheat recipe but would love this new book to get even more grains, etc. into the breads.

dianne.thomas at

1/25/2010 1:20 PM  
Blogger cg said...

my trying to transition back into making bread after shattering my right distal radius & hand in an incident with my heavy duty hoover vac (hoover won)! i had 4 surgeries in 2009 but i think i can start making bread again. i'd love to try the no-knead bread method. this just might be the addtional therapy i k-need!

thanks, claudia meyer

1/25/2010 2:00 PM  
Anonymous KathyJ - farmkat said...

I've wanted to ever since the article in NYT first came out!! Have no idea why I haven't tried it yet - other than sheer laziness. Ezekiel Bread is another one I want to try to make at home and haven't.
Please enter in my name and THANK YOU for offering it.
Love your blogs.

1/25/2010 2:41 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I haven't done much no-knead bread baking since I'm usually trying for 100% whole grains and heard this was too hard. I'm looking forward to seeing the new recipes in this book (whether I win or not!)

1/25/2010 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't tried Lahey's no-knead but have experimented with the 5-min a day no-knead breads. Not too successfully yet. The baking stone and I are not getting along. lol.

1/25/2010 4:08 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

I enjoy baking bread from time to time and was delighted when I found no knead bread. It's so simple with delicious results.

1/25/2010 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Susan B said...

I first tried 'no knead bread' but didn't like the time constraints it forced on me. I really had to plan ahead. However, I LOVE the 'artisan bread in 5 min' - you make the dough and then you use it as needed. I use the basic boule for almost everything. It makes our pizzas and our bread. I have made the rye too and it's very good. I would love to win the heathly book as I would like to get more whole grains into our bellies!

1/25/2010 6:29 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I've always loved to bake bread but was thrilled to learn the no knead technique so that I could bake a nice yeast loaf at a moment's notice. And, it makes the most wonderful bread!

1/25/2010 6:38 PM  
Blogger Lindsey L. Delahanty said...

After reading the review of the book on your blog a while back, I checked it out from the library. Many experiments later, I've found that nothing warms the house, belly and heart as much as a freshly baked loaf of bread! And with the ease of no-knead recipes, this warmth can be found even in the busiest of urban family's kitchens!

1/25/2010 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Alice Snyder (@kayakcove) said...

For some reason I usually have great luck with breads, any type. With the no-knead variety, I do find that the shapes of those not baked in a covered dish (e.g., my French Pyrex) are flattish.

1/25/2010 7:48 PM  
Blogger Ozcanbyrnes said...

I love no knead breads! What can I say? Maybe I am lazy, but maybe I'd just rather be efficient!

1/25/2010 8:00 PM  
Blogger karnula said...

I found the no-knead recipe a few years ago and I love it! There is nothing like kneading, but there's also nothing like mixing the ingredients on a Friday night before I go to bed and having a fresh loaf before lunchtime on Saturday. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool once it is out of the oven...

I've tried the 100% whole wheat version, too (from Mark Bittman's NYT column), but it's not quite the same. I use 50% whole wheat flour 50% bread flour.

1/25/2010 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Michelle (What's Cooking) said...

In the past, every time I tried to make bread, I would turn out a brick instead. But I recently purchased Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day - and have been churning out real, delicious bread ever since. I would love to learn how to make some that contains more whole grains. Thanks for the opportunity!
ps. Hi Beth!

1/25/2010 9:07 PM  
Blogger Tracy Sherwood said...

I'm trying to get back in bread baking after a very long time. I do LOTS of dessert baking successfully, but so far my first attempts at bread have fallen flat (well, actually they just didn't rise well). I've had a few friends mention 'no knead' baking with great results, so I'll have to give it a try. Can't wait to see what happens!

1/25/2010 10:54 PM  
Blogger t said...

i have tried no knead bread a couple times but never in the conventional way. 1, because i never wanted a massive loaf and 2, because i don't have a dutch oven or equivalent. i do frequently browse the new variations just in case something piques my interest.

i'm actually looking back into it because i just moved into a place with very little kitchen counter space and kneading will be a much more difficult task than it once was. no-knead naan anyone?

1/26/2010 7:27 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I recently discovered no knead bread and have been baking it non-stop since. My 8 year old daughter bakes with me and keeps telling me I need to open a bakery. A whole cookbook of no knead recipes would be a great addition to my newest obsession.

1/26/2010 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Jeanna said...

I just got two Chicago Metallic Commercial loaf pans in the mail today - I am so excited to find a recipe to break them in! I haven't tried no-knead yet, but have read lots about it.

1/26/2010 4:17 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

with arthritis in my hands and wrists- the no knead bread is the best way for me to make bread. The teens aren't always around to help with the kneading though they've gotten spoiled with almost daily fresh bread in the house. I have the first book and love it and would love to try the new recipes

1/27/2010 8:12 AM  
Blogger fool said...

I love the no knead bread. They always come out perfect.

Thanks for your site...It's great!!

1/27/2010 12:36 PM  
Blogger vanbergen said...

I'm hooked. the wife and I are just getting into cooking and both love breads. a no-knead bread is a no-brainer. thanks for such a great blog. hope to win the book and get some new recipes.

1/27/2010 5:03 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I like no knead bread, although I enjoy kneading too so I make both!

1/27/2010 9:51 PM  
Blogger katie m said...

No knead bread has been a great addition to my daily eats. Any time I am forced to buy packaged bread, I am reminded how amazing homemade bread tastes.

1/27/2010 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

I was a baker before, but I love no-knead bread. I especially like the no-knead pizza variation!

1/28/2010 12:11 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I think the crumb and volume can suffer a bit with no-knead bread.

1/28/2010 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I've been baking bread off and on for 45+ years (today is my 77th birthday) and this method intrigues me. I'd never heard of it until recently. Shall certainly give it a try ASAP. Certainly sounds interesting!

1/30/2010 9:25 AM  

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