No-Knead to Wait

I had breakfast with a few of my friends from high school a couple day ago. I used to see them more often, but now with families and jobs, life in general no longer permits us the time to get together as often as we would like. We try to do the situation never allows us to catch up like we do at breakfast.
We will sit at a restaurant for about three hours. The conversations usually start out by talking about what we have been up to.
“How are your kids?”
“How is school?”
“How is work?”
“How is your marriage”
At some point there will always be a story that makes us laugh until we cry. At another point there will always be a story that brings a tear to our eyes.
It’s amazing that over the 17 years that I have been friends with these girls that we can still get together and gab like we did in high school. Yes, we have gone through some dramatic changes in our lives and our selves, but we still care for and about each other the same. It’s pretty cool. I’m really lucky.
I had big plans to bring them each a fresh baked loaf of bread. I pictured them oohing and ahhing over it, taking it home to their families to share. Their families being so impressed that I made bread by hand. None of this happened of course. I baked 3 loaves of bread that came out in 3 very different sizes. I just figured it wouldn’t be fair. Who would get the biggest? Would the person who received the smallest be offended? I grew up in a big family. I grew up thinking EVERYTHING had to be fair and even. “Fair is fair, Billy Jean.”
I couldn’t bring myself to choose. So no one got any. Next time.
This bread recipe was sent to me by my friend Kristi who knows how I rave over the no-knead bread. The NY times had run this recipe for another type of no-knead bread. A shorter recipe actually.
I was quite pleased with it. It provided a beautiful crispy crust and a soft, pillowy inside. I am still partial to the original no knead bread, but in a bind this is a great replacement. I would say this bread would make a fantastic bread bowl for soup or dip.
The recipe can be found here.

NOTE: If you didn’t get the quote about Billy Jean, go out and rent the 80’s movie The Legend of Billy Jean. It is hilarious and inspiring. And stars a very young Christian Slater. It ran on HBO like 12 times a day one summer. We watched it every single time.
I say this quote to my husband every time I want life to be a little bit fairer.

7 thoughts on “No-Knead to Wait

  1. Kristi

    Well now I’ll have to try the original. I also made this bread yesterday and I am so proud because it looked just like your picture!! I am always nervous making any recipe without a picture – but especially this one because I have never made bread before – thanks to your blog, I think I can say I succeeded. Thanks!

  2. Erin

    Kristi-I am so glad it turned out for you. I still beam with pride when I bake a good looking loaf a bread.

    Sarah-Quinn hugs you back.

    Anonymous-You are right, but I don’t like it.

  3. meg

    my fist is up in the air right now…FAIR IS FAIR…remember when the girl was crying in the backseat cause she started her period…i loved that…i love that you know that movie AND you cook…incredible combo-you always make everything better girl.


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