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Chipotle Cheddar & Bacon No-Knead Crusty White Bread
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Chipotle Cheddar & Bacon No-Knead Crusty White Bread

 You can make just plain crusty bread or mix-in to make different flavors! So, today I’m sharing my recipe for Chipotle Cheddar & Bacon No-Knead Crusty White Bread.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 loaves
Calories 1589kcal
Author Katie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 6 ½ to 7 ½ cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons instant or active dry yeast
  • 3 cups Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Cheese shredded and divided
  • 6 tablespoons cooked bacon crumbled and divided

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, or a large (6-quart), food-safe plastic bucket. For first-timers, "lukewarm" means about 105°F, but don't stress over getting the temperatures exact here. Comfortably warm is fine; "OUCH, that's hot!" is not. Yeast is a living thing; treat it nicely.
  • Mix and stir everything together to make a very sticky, rough dough. If you have a stand mixer, beat at medium speed with the beater blade for 30 to 60 seconds. If you don't have a mixer, just stir-stir-stir with a big spoon or dough whisk until everything is combined.
  • Next, you're going to let the dough rise. If you've made the dough in a plastic bucket, you're all set — just let it stay there, covering the bucket with a lid or plastic wrap; a shower cap actually works well here. If you've made the dough in a bowl that's not at least 6-quart capacity, transfer it to a large bowl; it's going to rise a lot. There's no need to grease the bowl, though you can if you like; it makes it a bit easier to get the dough out when it's time to bake bread.
  • Cover the bowl or bucket, and let the dough rise at room temperature for 2 hours. Then refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or for up to about 7 days. (If you're pressed for time, skip the room-temperature rise, and stick it right into the fridge). The longer you keep it in the fridge, the tangier it'll get; if you chill it for 7 days, it will taste like sourdough. Over the course of the first day or so, it'll rise, then fall. That's OK; that's what it's supposed to do.
  • When you're ready to make bread, sprinkle the top of the dough with flour; this will make it easier to grab a hunk. Grease your hands, and pull off about ¼ to ⅓ of the dough — a 14-ounce to 19-ounce piece, if you have a scale. It'll be about the size of a softball, or a large grapefruit.
  • Plop the sticky dough onto a floured work surface, knead in the chipotle cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Round it into a ball or a longer log--whatever you prefer. Don't fuss around trying to make it perfect; just do the best you can.
  • Place the loaf on a piece of parchment (if you're going to use a baking stone); or onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Sift a light coating of flour over the top; this will help keep the bread moist as it rests before baking.
  • Let the loaf warm to room temperature and rise; this should take about 60 minutes (or longer, up to a couple of hours, if your house is cool). It won't appear to rise upwards that much; rather, it'll seem to settle and expand. Preheat your oven to 450°F while the loaf rests. If you're using a baking stone, position it on a middle rack while the oven preheats. Place a shallow metal or cast iron pan (not glass, Pyrex, or ceramic) on the lowest oven rack, and have 1 cup of hot water ready to go.
  • When you're ready to bake, take a sharp knife and slash the bread 2 or 3 times, making a cut about ½" deep. The bread may deflate a bit; that's OK, it'll pick right up in the hot oven.
  • Place the bread in the oven — onto the baking stone, if you're using one, or simply onto a middle rack, if it's on a pan — and carefully pour the 1 cup hot water into the shallow pan on the rack beneath. It'll bubble and steam; close the oven door quickly.
  • Bake the bread for 25 to 35 minutes, until it's a deep, golden brown.
  • Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a rack. Store leftover bread in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 1589kcal | Carbohydrates: 225g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 3287mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1132IU | Calcium: 866mg | Iron: 14mg