I first heard of No Knead Bread some years ago through an American blogger friend who made this bread fairly frequently.
About two years ago I decided to have a go and emulate my friends baking. After all if she could do it, I was sure that I could too. All of my supplies were gathered. My real life American Measuring Cups and Spoons exactly the same sort of bowl that my friend used and a very similar cast iron pot to cook it in.
I measured and mixed and left the dough to do its thing. Which, to give it it's due it did. Well. Kind of did. After following the instructions and the allotted time I baked my bread. Fail!
The loaf tasted nice enough, but oh gosh, it was as flat as a pancake. Well, perhaps not that flat, but it wasn't the nicely rounded risen ball of bread that my friend made. You could not say that I had successfully baked a loaf of any sort of bread. Let alone No Knead Bread.
I put everything away and forgot about it and returned to buying bread.
Fast forward to now. I decided recently that I wanted to bake more. As part of my baking quest I wanted to tackle this bread again. Having remembered that Lucy had great success I went back and found her recipe for this bread which was worked by weight. Not cups.
This time the dough looked far more dough like. When it had spent its time sitting in the bowl it behaved and looked more like bread.
I baked it and lo and behold it looked like bread! A nicely rounded ball of bread!
This loaf wasn't perfect though. There was a dry bit in the dough as it rose. I don't think that I mixed it properly. Next time I might add a little more water if it seems dry. I will also not cover the dough with clingfilm for the second rise as I found that the dough stuck to the clingfilm meaning that I had to fiddle with it another time and I don't think it liked that.
You can see here that I covered it with clingfilm and then put the bowl over it. With hindsight I would have just used the bowl.
So the result is some success, but not yet perfect.
I will be making this again, a little wetter perhaps and also perhaps with just a touch more salt. What I learned most of all is not to give up and to keep trying and experimenting. I might also give some kneaded bread a go as well. Just so that I can compare you understand. It isn't because I am looking for an excuse to break out my mixers dough hook. Much.
Here's to more baking experiments!