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No need for bread knife for no-knead bread?

BangorDin Nov 25, 2006 05:20 PM

My crispy crust no-knead Lahey bread seems to cut more easily with just a very sharp knife, rather than a serrated bread knife. Is this something that everyone else has known all along? Are bread knives superfluous?

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  1. Anonimo RE: BangorDin Nov 25, 2006 10:23 PM

    I had to saw through the hard bottom crust with a pro serrated bread knife. I wouldn't have trusted a non-serrated knife to do the job.

    1. Euonymous RE: BangorDin Nov 26, 2006 02:02 AM

      I couldn't cut it with my serrated bread knife, the crust is too crisp. I have been using a sharp chef's knife and lots of pressure. Works well and the bread springs back nicely.

      1. ChowFun_derek RE: BangorDin Nov 26, 2006 03:46 PM

        My serrated bread knife works perfectly...when I am not using my hands to pull off chunks of this bread to slather with sweet butter!
        However, I find that I hold the bread up on its' rim and cut down the long way rather than holding it flat and cutting it top to bottom...

        1. katiepie RE: BangorDin Nov 26, 2006 08:34 PM

          My serrated knife worked great, but my parent's serrated knife did not... it could be the brand/age/sharpness of the knife as well...

          1. Pei RE: BangorDin Nov 27, 2006 07:14 AM

            I've always used my chef's knife to cut all kinds of bread, including the no-knead bread. Call me crazy, but I've actually destroyed fewer loaves that way.

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