No Knead Bread - with whole wheat, flax and oatmeal. Concept from The New York Times
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups warm water
Combine all ingredients except the water and stir to mix everything together. Stir in the water adding a bit more if needed. The dough should be very "shaggy" and wet. It should look like the consistency of oatmeal.
Cover the bowl and let this mess sit in a warm spot for 12 - 24 hours. To keep a warm place I microwave a dish towel for 20 seconds and then put the bowl on top of the dish towel in the microwave (don't microwave the dough!) For the timing on this, I usually start a batch of dough before I go to bed and bake it the next afternoon... it's generally about 18 hours that it sits.
When the dough has risen and is bubbly all over, take another 1/2 cup of flour and roll the dough around a few times covering it in the fresh flour. I like to do this on a cutting board because it is sticky. The very wet dough will soak up a lot of flour, so use quite a bit. Then let the dough sit for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 450 with a large, covered dutch oven in the oven while it heats up. Let the pot heat up for about 30 minutes.
Carefully take the very hot pot out of the oven and put the dough in. It will still be a wet ball and moving the dough into the pot has to be a quick deal. Your loaf will be "free-form." I like to sprinkle it with kosher salt at this point and let the salt bake into the crust.
Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover the pot and reduce heat to 425 and bake for another 15 minutes. Enjoy fresh bread smell for hours to come.
Step by step...
Pesto for One - makes about 1/4 cup
1 cup combined basil and parsley
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of salt
Combine everything in a food processor (I used a Magic Bullet for this tiny amount) and pulse until combined. Keep pulsing until you reach the smoothness you like.
I generally make a big batch of pesto (quadruple everything) and freeze what I'm not using right now in 1/4 cup quantities. Pesto is great on pasta, chicken, tomatoes, pizza... it's lovely stuff and it freezes wonderfully!