Prep 20 mins
Cook 18 hrs
This is an adaption of one of my Rosemary-Parmesan Sourdough Bread to use Sullivan Street Bakery's no-knead method of making bread. It's amazingly easy and oh so tasty! The only special equipment needed is a 4 quart cast-iron or cast-aluminum dutch oven. See note at bottom before staring.
- 4 cups flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 cups water, plus
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup chopped sun-dried tomato
- 1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese
- wheat bran or cornmeal
- garlic granules (or garlic powder)
- In large bowl add flour.
- With hands stir in yeast,rosemary, tomatoes, cheese and salt.
- Add honey to water; stir into flour mixture and blend until dough is shaggy and sticky (to sticky to knead).
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
- Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees. (I usually have to put in the refrigerator to keep it from rising to fast.).
- Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles.
- Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. (See Note Line 17).
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
- Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal, sprinkled with garlic granules or powder.
- Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours.
- When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
- At least a half-hour before dough is ready to bake, heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Put a 3 to 4-quart heavy covered dutch oven (cast iron, cast aluminum) in oven to preheat.
- When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven.
- Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that's O.K.
- 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 golden brown. Cool on a rack.
- Note: Instead of removing the dough to a floured board (Step 7), I use the bowl; Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and turn over, sprinkle more flour on top then fold the dough it over and on itself a couple times.
I really liked this take on the no-knead phenomenon. It worked great as written and I appreciated the tip about just kneading it in the bowl. I didn't mess with the extra kitchen towels coated with wheat bran or corn meal. I just generously sprinkled some corn meal into my hot cooking vessel and dropped the dough on top, sprinkled some more and then set it to cooking as usual. Thanks!
I really enjoy making bread, just don't know why I do it so seldom! This recipe was a particularly easy one with which to work, & the fresh rosemary (one of the few herbs I grow!), along with the sun-dried tomatoes, gave us a GREAT TASTE TREAT! Definitely a keeper! [Made & reviewed while touring Italy on Zaar's World Tour 4]
Awesome bread easy to follow my whole family absolutely loved it.