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Jim Lahey no-Knead Bread — how to make it softer?

terrysutton Jun 25, 2012 06:04 AM

Hi All,

I've been making JIm Lahey's bread for a few years now and love it. But my brother finds the crust too hard. How can I get a softer crust?


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    FitMom4Life Jul 5, 2012 08:24 PM

    Dang...that hard crust is one of the very best things about this bread! But yes, place the mostly cooled
    bread in a plastic bag and seal it, and overnight you'll have a soft exterior...*sniff*.

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      nemo Jun 25, 2012 05:15 PM

      As Todao says, olive oil. Or rub a stick of butter over the crust.

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        j8715 Jun 25, 2012 02:13 PM

        yeah, fat makes softer bread. not sure how much to tell you to add though. maybe start with 1 or 2 tbsp

        1. todao Jun 25, 2012 08:03 AM

          Brush it with olive oil (improves flavor too)

          1. Karl S Jun 25, 2012 07:58 AM

            Put it in a plastic bag.

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            1. re: Karl S
              sweethooch Jun 25, 2012 02:28 PM

              I agree that a plastic bag is the way to go -- but not until after it's fully cooled.

              1. re: sweethooch
                Karl S Jun 25, 2012 02:51 PM

                Actually, not quite so fully cooled makes for an even softer crust. (Now, that's not something I'd like, but it might suit the needs of the OP's situation.)

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                  sweethooch Jun 25, 2012 05:20 PM

                  good point!

            2. nofunlatte Jun 25, 2012 06:27 AM

              When I freeze the no-knead bread, the crustbis always softer when it is thawed. Kind of an indirect solution to your brother's problem. BTW, I'd rather the crust be less soft when thawed, but to do that I would probably have to reheat in the oven for a bit.

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