Tuesday, July 15

The Bittman Bread Project

8 yo makes Mark Bittman Bread
By now, bread makers around the world have probably already heard about The Secret to Great Bread, reported by Mark Bittman in The New York Times a few years ago. In the article, Jim Lahey (the bread maker) says that the method is so simple a 4-year old could master it. Mark Bittman responded to that statement with "the method is complicated enough that you would need a very ambitious 8-year-old". So, I put my ambitious 8 year old daughter to the test.

The basic principle to this recipe is that very little kneading and a whole lot of time will result in great bread.

For the test Ally, my 8 1/2 year old, made the bread all on her own.

1. Combine flour, salt, yeast, and water. Cover and let rest for 12-18 hours.

2. 18 hours later: glop dough onto floured surface and fold once or twice. Ally opted to fold four to eight times. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
after the first rise

It was a little loose, so she added more flour....then a little more.
a little loose

3. Using a little flour, shape dough into ball and wrap in floured towel. Ally opted to add more flour. Let rest for 2 hours.
forming the dough - 2nd rise

4. Preheat oven, bake, then eat.
8 yo makes Mark Bittman Bread

The result: My 8 year old was indeed able to make and bake a delicious round of bread based on the Simple No Knead Recipe. The only problem was that my kid really likes the kneading part and would prefer a more flour, more knead recipe.


Kate said...

I agree - such great bread, I made my first loaf this week and my second and third...

sue said...

I've made this bread! It's our favorite! The kids are always asking for a loaf. I always add more flour after the overnight rising because it just doesn't seem "right" without it. I can't figure out how else to get it into a ball shape...anyway, it turns out great every time.

Nathalie Brault said...

Doesn't it make it hard?