Cinnamon Nut No-Knead Bread

c nut loaf (640x424)I have been totally involved with planting and weeding when not at work for the past month – thankfully spring finally arrived, although we have a frost warning tonight! Here is a post I started in January but never got around to publishing. Enjoy!

This makes a great breakfast or snack variation of the no-knead bread which is baked in a cast iron pot at high heat. I just used cinnamon and nuts, but you can also add raisins or other dried fruit.

Cinnamon Nut No-Knead Bread

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon yeast

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 3/4 cups water

Whisk the flour, salt and yeast together. Add the cinnamon and nuts and mix together. Add water and mix into a moist dough.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours

Heat oven to 450 degrees. When oven has reached 450, place cast iron pot and lid in oven for 30 minutes. While the pot and lid are heating, remove the dough from the bowl onto a well-floured surface and form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.

(Tip: use a sheet of floured parchment paper and turn dough out on the parchment paper, form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. When you are ready to cook, you can pick up with parchment with the dough on it and place in the hot pot. Use scissors to cut away excess paper or fold down to make sure you still have a tight fit with the pot lid.)

After heating for 30 minutes, remove the hot pot from oven and place dough in pot (Be careful!).

Cover and place the pot in oven at 450 degrees. After baking for 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the oven. The bread should slip out of the pot and then place on a rack to cool. If desired, spread with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.Slice and enjoy!

c nut ball (640x424)Ball of dough setting while pot and lid are heating

c nut sliced (640x424)Slice and enjoy!

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