Monday, March 4, 2013
ABC: No-Knead Cherry Pecan Bread
I can't believe it's been a month since the Boston Cream Pie and is now time to bake again for ABC. I do love this monthly schedule though. And Hanaa, I love the mix between dessert/sweets and breads.
I was really looking forward to this bread! I love love love No Knead Bread. have been making the basic version of the No Knead Bread for several weeks now. This one from King Arthur is a bit different in that it uses a combination of AP flour, rye flour, and WW flour. I wonder why it uses AP instead of bread flour (which is what the original No Knead recipe uses).
I did forget to buy chocolate chips so this version has no chocolate (BOOOO!).
Except for not having chocolate, I followed the recipe on the King Arthur website instead of the blog. The blog is more thorough but the website's recipe is the one that was more similar to Jim Lahey's version. I am used to this version so it felt easier.
The bread was easy to put together. I dumped all the ingredients in the bowl and mix with a spatula. Then cover it with a plate and let it sit overnight on the counter.
After 12 hours fermentation, it looks like this. It is bigger and smells pretty yeasty (yum!).
I then dumped the bread on the floured counter, fold it like a letter and then placed it, seam side down, on a cloth that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.
Sprinkle the top of the bread with more cornmeal, fold the cloth over the bread, and let it rise for 2 hours.
I baked the bread in a preheated Cuisinart dutch oven (5 qt) for 20 minutes with a lid on, then took off the lid and continue baking for another 1/2 hour.
The bread tasted pretty good. I am a little sad that there is a slight sour taste in the dough. I don't know if it is because I forgot to use chocolate or it's because the cherries were sour (or because of both). In any case, it is fixable. I think I just need to eat it with some jam or butter or both (hmmmm....) And I of course would need to make this bread again with chocolate!