I haven't been making our own bread very often lately but now that it is so cold out I feel quite good about having the oven going - the fire is just not keeping it quite warm enough. I've been meaning to try out Mother Earth News' No Knead Dutch Oven Bread recipe for ages - all the more reason to use my cast iron pot that my folks gave me last Christmas. I also had Kneadlessly Simple from the library so, being uncharacteristically organized for me, I decided to test both recipes and then choose our favourite to add to our collection.
They are very similar recipes and so easy to make but from the start I felt that the Mother Earth News one was rising better and looked less sticky so I felt as though it would be the keeper recipe. I baked it first (the baking temps and times were slightly different and I wanted to be sure to follow the recipe exactly the first time - Yes...Me!! I followed a recipe precisely. I know - bizarre but true.)We couldn't wait the suggested hour (?!?!) before slicing it...we couldn't wait five minutes! so we tried it right away. Delicious.