No Knead Bread

No knead bread made in a cast iron dutch oven (Lodge)

Bread made without needing to knead the dough. This is probably the EASIEST way to make bread! No kneading, not much active time actually MAKING the bread.

The important thing to remember when making this recipe is to start the night before since it has to rest overnight.

Between the initial mixing of ingredients and shaping, then baking, it will take about 15 hours. However, the actual hands on time is maybe 15 minutes.

This recipe will give you a very tasty loaf of bread with little effort on your part. I’m sure everyone has a mixing bowl in the kitchen cabinet…the one thing you might need is an oven proof vessel to bake the bread in. I have attached links below on the ones I have and use.

*For the cast iron and ceramic pots, you will need to place them in the cold oven and preheat the oven with the pots(covered) inside.*

*For the silicone bread maker, you can place the shaped dough in it, clip the top, let it rise, and place in a preheated oven to bake.*

You will need:

3 cups bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons salt (i used less, somewhere between 3/4 to 1 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon yeast

1 3/8 cups of water

a dutch oven or a bread pot

How to make it:

Place flour, salt, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon while adding water until a soft dough forms. Cover with a plastic wrap and prove for 12-18 hours at room temperature. 

Tip dough out onto a floured surface and fold over a few times. Just pull the edges toward the center of the dough and push down. Shape into a ball. Cover and prove for another 15-30 minutes.

Lightly shape the dough into a ball and place in a banetton lined with a floured couche (in a pinch, a bowl can be used in place of the banetton, a dishcloth floured generously can replace the couche) then cover with a dish cloth. Let rise for about 30 minutes, until doubled.

*If using the silicone bread maker, place the shaped dough directly in in, clip the top and cover with a dishcloth. Let rise.*

Preheat oven to 450F and place a dutch oven or a ceramic bread pot inside while the oven heats up about 15-25 minutes

Carefully remove the dutch oven or bread pot from the oven, remove the cover, transfer dough in, and immediately replace the lid.

*If using the silicone bread maker, just remove the dishcloth, place it in the preheated oven and bake as directed. Unclip the top the last 10 minutes to brown the loaf evenly.*

Place it back into the oven and bake 30-45 minutes, removing the lid the last 10-15 minutes of baking to brown the loaf.

Carefully remove from the oven and place bread onto a wire rack to cool.


No knead loaf baked in a Le Creuset dutch oven
No knead bread baked in an Emile Henry Bread Pot
No knead bread baked in a Lekue Silicone bread maker
Lodge Enamel Dutch oven
Le Creuset 5.5 qt Dutch Oven
Emile Henry Bread Pot
Luekue Bread maker



My son loves pizza!

I do not think he will ever tire of eating it, even if it’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Just like most kids I know!!!

I make this recipe often and, with the Thermomix, it’s so easy you can make it on a weeknight or anytime your pizza cravings stike!

The key is to time it right.

I usually make the dough in the morning before going to work and leave it in the refrigerator, covered, to prove while we’re away. I take it out and let it warm up on the counter when I get home, and walk Yuki, our little rescue dog.

By the time we get back and are all cleaned up it’s the perfect time to turn the oven on and shape the pizza. We then place the toppings on the dough and slide it in the oven. In about 8-15 minutes, you will have 2 delicious pizzas with exactly the toppings you want! 

For the dough, you will need: 

330 g water

1 Tbsp dry active yeast

500 g bread flour or plain flour

2 tsp salt

20 g olive oil

Toppings that you like: examples are pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato sauce, sausages, mushrooms, pineapples, bellpeppers, olives, ham, bacon, basil, onions, etc.

To make it:

Place the water and dry active yeast in the mixing bowl.

Set time to 2 minutes, temperature to 37C, and speed to 2.

Add the flour, salt and olive oil and knead 2 minutes using the kneading function.

*To make without the Thermomix, place water, yeast, flour, salt, and olive oil in a mixing bowl and stir until combined. Transfer to a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add flour as needed but do not add too much. Then continue with the recipe*

Leave the dough, covered, in the bowl to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

*Alternatively, you can place the dough in the fridge while you’re at work (or play!) and remove to warm to room temperature for about an hour before shaping.*

Preheat the oven to 500F.

To remove the dough from the bowl easily, tip the bowl upside down onto a lightly floured 
surface. Remove the base, then press down the blade so that it drops down inside. Lift up the 
bowl and remove the blade from the dough.

Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces using a dough scraper or spatula. Roll or stretch each piece out into a large circle.

Place on an oiled pizza tray (the two I use are linked at the bottom), brush edges with olive oil, Spread a thin layer of tomato/pizza sauce, top with any toppings you like, then bake in the oven for 8 – 15 minutes until crispy and golden.

Notes: If you have a pizza stone, heat it up for at least 30 minutes before using,  placing it in the cold oven before preheating it.


A half and half pizza!

Wilton Perfect Results Pizza Pan Cuisinart Chef’s classic non stick pizza pan

To check out the Thermomix, click on this link:

Downtown Trabuco, California

Trabuco General Store
Old time feels…antique barber chairs.

Downtown Trabuco,  California 


Today, our son Enzo was invited to a friend’s birthday party at O’neill Regional Park campground. We usually go through the entance at Via Con Dios, which is close to our home, however the campgrounds are closer to the main entance at Trabuco Canyon Road.

Because it was a drop off and pick up kind of party, we decided to see the immediate area, hoping we could go around and pick him up after, then head home together. 

After dropping him off at the campground (TIP: We found out that O’Neill Park allows a 15 minute drop off with out having to pay the entrance fee), we went to the Trabuco General Store. I read about this place while researching the Holy Jim Trail. I didn’t realize we passed it on the way to the park’s entrance. If you’re are heading down from Rancho Santa Margarita towards the canyon, it is tucked at the corner on your right after you pass the narrow bridge, with Trabuco Elementary school on your left.

I looked inside the store and even though it’s a small store, I’m sure you can find what you need in case you forgot something for when you are camping. I purchased a couple of bottles of Trabuco Salsa and a bottle of Trabuco Queso Blanco after looking at the merchandise offered.

We asked the cashier what else is there to see in downtown Trabuco as we saw a water tank with a “Downtown Trabuco” sign by the parking lot. She said that there’s this grocery store, and Trabuco Oaks steak house (that will open later in the day) and that’s it! 😊 So much for trying to kill time!

Downtown Trabuco

Come visit this little place and make it a day trip by spending the rest of the day at the neighboring O’neill Regional Park!

Trabuco Oaks Steak House

Trabuco General Store Address: 31021 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
Tuesday 8AM–7:30PM
Wednesday 8AM–7:30PM
Thursday 8AM–7:30PM
Friday 8AM–9PM
Saturday 7:30AM–8PM
Sunday 8AM–8PM
Monday 8AM–7:30PM
Phone: (949) 709-5960