That Famous No-Knead Pizza (And GIVEAWAY!)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Breads, Entrees | 39 Comments







The old man awoke with a smile.

Oh, there were other things. There were aches in places (some of them new) and a crack in his back. There was a twitch in his neck where there was not one yesterday. When he swung out from under the shelter of his quilts, he felt the wheeze in his chest, one he had for so long that he considered naming it Harold. If it insisted on keeping him company, it was the least he could do in return.

He plucked at the drapes and took a deep breath as dawn emerged from the ground and spread its touch over the earth. He turned around and smiled. “Happy Anniversary,” he said to her; his counterpart, who remained in the bed.

She was not so eager to wake. She lifted her head and peered at him with ageless eyes and then, let out a snore and drifted back to sleep, the sweetness of the moment lost on her. He shook his head, still smiling.







First the bathroom and then into the kitchen he went, as he did every morning. He shuffled over to the counters, did a few stretches of his arms and what was left of his back. He dusted the insides of the pot with coffee and set the kettle on the burner. He fussed with the flowers on the table and picked up the stray leaves. He moved the curtains over the kitchen sink so he could wash his hands without the soft fabric tickling his wrists. 

He went to the fridge, seeking out the larder of bacon and the eggs, but his graying eyes settled on the box instead. His son had “come for dinner” the night before. He’d “cooked” and this was all that remained. The old man removed the box from the shelf and placed it on the counter. He warmed his hands on the soft cotton folds of his pajama pants.

He was going to be civilized about it all, plates and the like, but when he opened the box, the smell of cold tomatoes hit him first. He picked at a stray piece of crust as he stood and then another. It would be hard on his stomach, he knew, but for the moment, the sweetness and the cheese melded together on his tongue. The herbs sang. He would risk his stomach.

She came into the kitchen then, as she always did when the smell of coffee bloomed in the air, and the slap of the refrigerator door beckoned. The old man smiled at her and picked up a slice, toasted her with it. “Anniversary breakfast,” he said and he took another bite. In his haste, a piece of crust fell.

She got to it first and ate it before it could really meet the floor. He chuckled and bent down and scratched the dog behind the ears. She was graying too, poor thing, poor old Magpie with her failing eyes and her wobbling paws. She sniffed his hand, more interested in pizza than in the fourteen years, today, that they had spent entirely in each other’s warm company.







Magazine lovers- when that March 2012 issue of Bon Appetit came sauntering into your mailboxes last month, I know you gasped at the cover. I know this because I am you. We are one. And I gasped.

When Nicole said that she wanted to make pizza and then sent me the recipe she used, I laughed to myself. But of course, I said to myself (because I talk to myself in such a way that would evoke Shakespeare and/or a crazy person), it would be this. Where else could she have gotten a pizza that was so delightfully chewy and crispy and perfect and drool inducing?

And then I looked at the blog where she’d seen the recipe (adapted from that Bon Appetit cover, naturally) and I laughed again. Because I had been wondering just how to tell you that I had moved (!) to a new city (!) and this gives me the perfect vehicle; the answer can be found with Jillian and Malcolm at From Away.







Back to the pizza. Oh, pizza.

I had three sources for this recipe, lovingly re-created for you below. First, there was From Away and their gorgeous photographs. Then, the recipe in Bon Appetit and finally, the “prep school” section in the back of the same magazine for shaping the dough properly. I am exhausted. But here it is, all combined and ready for you; it may seem daunting but it’s not, I promise. In wanting to be as thorough as possible, I may have frightened you away. Do not be afraid! We can do this! We can eat pizza together!

And after we eat pizza, scroll down and WIN FREE STUFF.







That Famous No-Knead Pizza

Source: Jim Lahey for Bon Appetit, via From Away  | Makes 6 pizzas | Time: About 24 hours | Print Recipe

Ingredients

Dough

7 and 1/2 Cups of all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting, shaping dough)
4 Teaspoons of fine sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon of active dry yeast
3 Cups of water

Topping

Can of crushed tomatoes
Tomato paste
Crushed garlic
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh mozzarella
Fresh basil

Prepare

1. First, we make the dough. Start the day before and give yourself 18-20 hours.

2. In a big mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and yeast.

3. Using a wooden spoon, gradually incorporate water.

4. Mix gently by hand and form dough into a rough ball. Don’t overwork it here. (This is the no-knead part of the magic.) Transfer to a large, clean bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.

5. Let dough rise at room temperature (about 72 degrees) in a draft-free area for about 18 hours. (I like using the oven, though it needs to be turned off, obviously.) Dough should more than double in size.

6. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Cut dough into six equal portions. (Here, you can take balls of dough and wrap in plastic to store in fridge for up to three days.)

7. Take each ball of dough and work with it a bit to form it into a ball, molding gently. Dust balls with flour. Let them rest, covered with a damp kitchen towel or plastic wrap, until soft and pliable, about one hour.

8. Now, preheat your oven to its hottest setting (500 to 550 degrees). Place pizza stone in upper third of oven. For baking sheet, you do not need to preheat it in the oven but arrange rack in the middle of the oven.

9. While the dough is resting and the oven is preheating, prepare your topping. We improvised a quick pizza sauce in a sauté pan with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, a bit of tomato paste, a bit of olive oil, a crushed clove of garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Slice your fresh mozzarella. Chop some fresh basil. Ready? Ready.

10. Take your rested dough of delight. Dust with flour and dust your hands too, while you’re at it. Start stretching the dough, starting at the edges, and move in a circular motion, resisting the urge to flatten the dough too much as this will release those precious air bubbles that give the dough its chewy center. Gently rotate and stretch the dough across the work surface until dough is roughly 8 inches in diameter. Go rustic with it- it doesn’t need to look perfect to taste perfect.

11. Transfer the dough to your knuckles now (like you have seen every pizza flipper do since the dawn of time) and slowly rotate the dough while gently stretching the edges. Gravity and this circular motion will give you a 10 to 12 inch disc.

12. Here’s where time/methods diverge based on pizza stone or baking sheet.

Pizza stone: Take pizza peel or rimless baking sheet and sprinkle it lightly with flour. Place dough on top of it. Top with sauce, cheese and basil immediately. Set oven to broil. Slide pizza from peel/rimless sheet onto hot pizza stone which is in oven. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until bottom is crisp and top is blistered. Use peel/rimless sheet to retrieve pizza.

Baking sheet: Arrange dough on baking sheet. Top with sauce, cheese and basil. Bake pizza until bottom of crust is crisp and top is blistered, about 10 minutes.

13. And now, we eat pizza.

And now, WE GIVE AWAY THINGS.







 

Tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, is our 1 Year Anniversary! We did it! We’re still here!

Hilariously, our recipe one year ago was for Blueberry Bars. Because nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like… blueberry bars. (Clearly, we had some things to learn. Although we just posted a pizza recipe so maybe the learning is still going to continue here.) To commemorate the event, we’ve refreshed the site a bit (and be we, I mean Nicole.)

We want you to celebrate with us so we’re giving away, to one lucky reader, the New England Gift Basket from Eat Boutique! If you haven’t heard of Eat Boutique, you are in for a treat:

Eat Boutique celebrates pure, local and comforting handmade foods. We craft seasonal and regional gift boxes, as well as monthly gift subscriptions of small batch food. We create food guides, plan tasting trips, and host soirees & local markets with our favorite food makers.

The New England box (aptly chosen, don’t you think?) features:

- Slightly sweet, totally crunchy granola from Cow & Crumb (Cambridge, Mass.)
– A caramel sauce made from goat’s milk from Fat Toad Farm (Brookfield, Vermont)
– Lark (Essex, Mass.) whole wheat oat cookies with cranberries and bittersweet chocolate
– A cherrywood smoked sea salt for finishing soups, roasts and veggies from Salt Traders (Ipswich, Mass.)
– One of the best maple syrups from Sweet Brook Farm (Williamstown, Mass.)

It’s pure foodie heaven, delivered straight to your door from a seriously cool company.

To enter, please comment and tell us your favorite recipe find of the year- a recipe you absolutely love. It could be from a magazine, blogger, television show, or a restaurant, wherever. If you also tweet about Some Kitchen Stories or share it on Facebook or on Pinterest, you get extra points and extra chances to win (and we’ll throw in an extra surprise too). You have all week so have at it!

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39 Comments

  1. Danielle
    March 16, 2012

    Love seeing your posts. Thank you!

    Reply
  2. Sharon
    March 16, 2012

    I discovered your blog when it was nominated over at the kitchn, and am so glad I did. I love this story about Maggie. And I love this pizza!! I just made it myself over the weekend and posted about it yesterday. Gorgeous photos, too. Cheers to you, and happy anniversary!

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  3. Claire
    March 16, 2012

    Cauliflower cake from Smitten Kitchen!

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  4. Danielle
    March 16, 2012

    It’s hard to decide a favorite, but I have two that I really liked. One is a crock pot recipe, which is always nice. It is Crackpot baked potato soup. It is from Mama Loves Food blog, a name I can totally relate to. The other is carrot french fries. They are pretty easy to make, and yummy. They are from Elana’s Pantry blog.

    Reply
  5. Shelby @ Lady Gouda
    March 16, 2012

    GORGEOUS photos! I have been coveting that pizza since I first saw the cover, and perhaps even more so.

    Reply
  6. Elizabeth
    March 16, 2012

    I’m crazy about your stories and the conversational way you talk about the recipes!! I really love Toffee Coffee Bars from The Pioneer Woman. Easy and delicious.

    Reply
  7. Joleen
    March 16, 2012

    My recipe of the year is for chicken saag put of India’s 500 best recipes. Of course, I have modified it slightly, but it is my favorite because I have 3 boys that will eat spinach when it is served his way!

    Reply
    • Joleen
      March 16, 2012

      I do not type well on my tiny I-phone keyboard, sorry!!

      Reply
  8. Laurel G
    March 17, 2012

    My mom makes an awesome chicken noodle soup from scratch, and this past winter she will make a big pot of it for everyone, just simple tasty chicken noodle. Then, once I get my bowl, I put some seasame oil, cilantro, sriracha, and apple cider vinegar, many of those are my mom’s suggestions(she is awesome with imrpov in the kitchen) in it to have a super tasty asian inspired chicken soup.

    Reply
  9. karen
    March 17, 2012

    Biggest discovery for me in the past year is kale salad. Who knew kale could be as good raw as it is cooked? What started it all for me was a recipe on the blog userealbutter
    congrats on one year of blogging and thanks for such an awesome giveaway!!!

    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  10. Cookie + Kate
    March 17, 2012

    My favorite recipe of the year is an easy entree full of pasta, blue cheese, Brussels sprouts and apples. Sounds crazy, I know, but I was so surprised by how great it tastes! Your pizza crust looks awesome, I’ve been wanting to make that BA recipe since I saw it on last month’s cover.

    Reply
  11. Rachael
    March 17, 2012

    My favorite find and experience was learning to make fudge and making an absolutely divine maple fudge using the CIA at Home candy and confections cookbook!

    Reply
  12. Kay
    March 18, 2012

    My favorite of the year would be Serious Eats multiple guacamole recipe post.

    Reply
  13. Jessica L
    March 18, 2012

    My favorite recipe find of the year was kale chips. I am growing kale but never know what to do with all of it. Now I make kale chips all of the time!

    Reply
  14. Hillary
    March 18, 2012

    I’m declaring my favorite recipe as beer mac and cheese. More than it being one of the best new recipes I’ve tried, I know that I will be making it again, soon (which is something I always struggle with when there is an entire internet full of NEW)!

    Reply
  15. Theresa
    March 18, 2012

    My favorite find this year is a recipe for sesame cranberry crackers. I’ve made them a few times; they’re fantastic topped with any kind of cheese or served just plain. The coolest part is that you can freeze the “loaf” and cut and use as needed.

    Reply
  16. Lynna H.
    March 18, 2012

    my favorite recipe happens to be one of the easiest! it would be picky palate’s itty bitty cinnamon bites! they`re so easy to made & i eat them like so other! they never last past a day! :D

    Reply
  17. Meaghan
    March 18, 2012

    One of my favorite recipes so far is Cauliflower Soup. It’s so easy and it was perfect on those cold winter days!

    Reply
  18. Sneh | Cook Republic
    March 18, 2012

    Beautiful photos and the pizza looks divine!

    Reply
  19. Meki
    March 18, 2012

    I love your chocolate chip cookie skillet! I tried baking it in pan and it was absolutely delicious! I want to try this pizza!

    Reply
  20. Liz Ruiz
    March 19, 2012

    Chickpea stew from February’s Bon Appetit! Lots of cumin, and I love my cumin….

    Reply
  21. Tikvah
    March 19, 2012

    My favorite recipe is one I found and tweaked with, called midnight sin chocolate cake, and it is ridiculous. I’m craving it right now..

    Reply
  22. katherine curry
    March 19, 2012

    I am loving the recipe I found for crock pot tomato soup. It’s to die for. So good.

    Reply
  23. Amy
    March 19, 2012

    My favorite recipe was a Chocolate Babka from Gourmet magazine. It’s an amazing bread!

    Reply
  24. Sarah
    March 19, 2012

    My favorite recipe find is Mario Batali’s lasagna bolognese…but the pizza dough above looks incredible too!

    Reply
  25. Janna
    March 19, 2012

    A stromboli recipe from “Burn Me Not” that was so good that my husband looked at me like he was about to propose marriage again. I put a slightly adapted version on my blog. I am telling you, YOU MUST MAKE THIS STROMBOLI!

    Reply
  26. meg jones wall
    March 21, 2012

    gorgeous. divine. mouthwatering. cannot wait to try this out :)

    my favorite recipe of the year are these lovely little flatbreads from smitten kitchen – super easy and completely addictive. thanks for the giveaway, and happy anniversary!

    http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/07/flatbreads-with-honey-thyme-and-sea-salt/#more-7666

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  27. Φαγητό | Pearltrees
    March 21, 2012

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  28. Elena V
    March 22, 2012

    Creamed cauliflower soup is my favorite recipe from this year! A friend from church brought it to the ladies’ get-together and everyone really liked it.

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  29. Candy Eich
    March 22, 2012

    Love your site, the photography is beautiful, and the stories are engaging! Really nice, thanks for sharing! By the way – my absolutely Dave recipe recently is a warm seven layer salad from Rachel Ray (http://goo.gl/7rGjT) sounds a bit crazy at first, but it’s fantastic!

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  30. Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com
    March 22, 2012

    Thanks for the pizza dough recipe. We’re huge fans of pizza and always looking for new recipes to spice it up =)

    Reply
  31. Kayleigh
    March 24, 2012

    This looks really great – I just discovered your blog, and I’m in love! It’s great!

    Reply
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    April 2, 2012

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  33. afracooking
    April 2, 2012

    What a fabulous recipe – thank you for posting it (and such moutwatering photographs….) I have been trying out quite a few pizza recipes lately and this one really was one of my favourite. I enjoyed it so much I posted it on my own blog today! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  34. http://tinyurl.com/jknwplatt10921
    February 3, 2013

    I really consider this specific posting , “No Knead Pizza Recipe”, particularly interesting plus the blog post was in fact a wonderful read.
    Thanks-Stefan

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