No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread

You did see the word cheesy, right?

(This post is in partnership with Harvesters! But we’ll get to that.)

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

You know my obsession with Bittman’s no-knead bread. I make it 87 times a day and blab about it 157 times a day. It’s an unstable mental condition and I won’t do a single thing about it.

But GUESS WHAT I DID TO IT. (the bread, not my mental condition.)

It’s been Bevified. (<–please don’t delete me from your life.)

I added spices to it. And CHEESE to it. (!) Little baby cubes of aged white cheddar that melt into surprise gooey pockets of holiday frickin’ cheer.

Wanna see?

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

Simple enough, right?

I know my Italian seasoning looks RED. When most Italian seasonings look more GREEN. Which coincidentally are both holiday colors so you’re automatically on the nice list. Either one works! My bread ended up having a teensy red hue, but yours might have more green in it. Doesn’t affect the chemical conspiculatory confoundment rebalanaculamitary makeup whatsoever.

Don’t quote me on that. ^

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

So just toss it all in a bowl and hire a tiny hand to help stir (read: destroy) the dry stuff.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

After you add the (room temp!) water, mix it together. This is what it’ll be: sticky, messy, scraggly. Just like my soul.

Cover it with some plastic wrap and a tea towel, and let her rest for like, EIGHTEEN HOURS. At least 12. A long time. Overnight. Write your Christmas cards. REFILL YOUR ‘NOG.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

Next day!

That yeast had a party, man. And no one called the cops.

It will have tripled in size (at least), grown veeeeery bubbly and extreeeeemely sticky. Not sure why mine has a kitten’s rear end in it. Yours will be better.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

At this point, put a bunk ton of flour on your hand and scrap it out onto a floured work surface. THIS is where the no knead part comes in. You’ll simply fold it over itself three or four times and watch it become a silky ball of dough with knobbies of cheese peaking out to say hi. Hi!

Also, ignore my nails. Sometimes we can’t have it all in life.

Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest another 20 minutes. THEN flip it over itself again another three or four times, cover with a towel and let it rest for about two more hours. Seems crazy, but after you do it enough (remember the 87 times a day thing I said?) you’ll be able to do it asleep. But probably don’t try that.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

OUT OF THE OVEN. Guuuuuh. Rustic, peaky, crusty, tiny cheesy craters of tongue euphoria.

Now 87 times a day make sense to you.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

SEE THE POCKETS? SEE THE CHEESE? THE OOZE? Sorry to scream at you.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

We recently went to a Fakesgiving dinner out on our friends’ farm, so we took a cheesy version, and then the plain version, which is JUST AS brilliant and will not get kicked out of your mouths.

This bread is my legit go-to when it comes to any party or gathering contribution. I make it for friends’ birthdays, holiday dinners, soup pot lucks, new neighbors – it seriously works for anything! My point is. Make this. Make this and give it away. Okay, make two. Keep one and give the other one. Because as we officially enter the SEASON OF GIVING (not screaming at you), I’m totally reminded of this: there are things we need, things we want, and things we love. FOOD is all three.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

And I know the whole idea of “giving back” this season feels totally vague, overwhelming and a bit cliché. But it doesn’t have to feel like that. You can give back in YOUR STYLE. Whether it be donating your time at Harvesters, dropping off canned goods at the donation bins, helping out your local soup kitchen, or just finding a simple way to contribute communally. It’s all amazing and it’s all helpful.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

You can even enlist tiny helpers to do your work for you while you sit around with red wine and Christmas movies. Ha!

Never mind.

No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup tiny cubes of aged white cheddar cheese
  • 1 & 2/3 cup tepid water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning and cheese cubes. Whisk together until combined. Add the water and stir, using a wooden spoon, until the mix is shaggy and sticky and weird but amazing. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, set it and forget it for AT LEAST 12 hours.
  2. Next day: using a well-floured hand, pull the (very risen and bubbly!) dough from the bowl and onto a floured work surface. Keep flouring the dough as you fold it over itself a few times, forming a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit about 20 minutes. Then fold it over itself another few times (like, three to five times) and reshape the ball. Lightly flour the top and cover with a towel for another two hours.
  3. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450. Place a large, lidded dutch oven in the oven while it preheats. Transfer the ball of dough to the pot, place the lid on it and slide it in for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and let the bread bake another 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  4. Remove the bread from the pot and let rest for about 20 minutes before you inhale.
  5. *there MAY BE a little cheese stickage in your pot. So it might take a crank or two to loosen the bread. But the bottom is ridiculously glorious, so it’s worth it.
  6. *original recipe is Mark Bittman’s, but I tweaked the flavors (WITH CHEESE) to make it my own. Ha-boom.
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No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread / Bev Cooks

This bread is KILLER. If you get the chance to make it and share it with your friends or neighbors or community this season – awesome.

But just save me a piece or 80, ‘mkay?

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11 Responses to No-Knead Cheesy Rustic Bread

  1. Crystal November 30, 2017 at 11:13 am #
    I can't wait to make this! Might be a silly question but is the cheese ok left out for so many hours?
    • Christina November 30, 2017 at 11:23 am #
      I had the exact same question!!!!
      • Bev Weidner November 30, 2017 at 11:33 am #
        Absolutely! It's never really OUT out. It's inside the dough, and covered with plastic wrap and a towel. You're all good!
    • Bev Weidner November 30, 2017 at 11:32 am #
      Totally! It's never really out. It's in the dough, and covered with plastic wrap and a towel. It's perfect!
  2. McKenzi November 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm #
    Cannot wait to make this! In Bittman's recipe it calls for Instant Yeast. Any reason you go with dry active?
    • Bev Weidner November 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm #
      I've used both and the result's always been the same!
  3. ilovehhg December 1, 2017 at 10:21 am #
    Yum!! This looks SO good! I can't wait to make it:) My family loves bread! :) Thanks for the recipe.
  4. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm #
    THIS IS EVERYTHAAAANG
  5. Leslie December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm #
    I'm in my 4th hour out of 12 and I can't wait. I'm known to eat an entire loaf of bread so this could be dangerous. I love how adorable you packaged your bread up as a present. Would you mind sharing what type of bag you used? BTW, your children are the cutest! Thank you!
  6. Kellie December 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm #
    I’ve made this twice now and it’s a big hit! I also tried it with sliced sundried tomatoes instead of the cheddar cubes and it’s heavenly.

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