What makes a snowy day in Manhattan so special to me? New Yorkers smiling as they tramp through new white snow? Warm greetings by the doorman? Or just walking into my apartment, seeing the big snowflakes tumbling down in front of the windows and smelling the homemade (no-knead-no kidding) bread awaiting its final rise. What a home sweet home greeting now! What delight awaits at dinner!
No-Knead bread: Whisk 3 cups bread flour, ¼ teaspoon INSTANT yeast and ¾ tablespoon salt in a large bowl. Slowly add 1 ½ cups warm (110-120F) stirring with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are incorporated. Cover with plastic and let sit for 12-20 hours (longer if necessary). Using a wet spatula dump the wet sticky dough onto a floured counter, fold it over itself a couple of times, then place it on a non-terry floured towel seam side down and let it rest covered for 2-4+/- hours. One and ¼ hours before you want to serve your bread place a LeCreuset-type covered pot into a preheated 450F oven for ½ hour. Remove from oven carefully and roll your bread over into the pot, cover it and bake for ½ hour. Continue baking uncovered for 15-20 more minutes. Remove from oven. Cool on a rack. Viola! Perfect, non work, no fuss bread. Serve with the best butter your budget will allow.