Monday, December 14, 2009


Yeast, salt, flour

The humble beginnings of a wonderful loaf of artisan bread.
Add warm water, stir, cover, let set for 10-20 hours, bake in a wicked hot pan.

New York Times Easy No-Knead Bread

Crusty, chewy outer crust, tender, airy, yummy inside.
If you've never tried this recipe, you have no idea what you are missing.
It is requested here on a regular basis, and an easier bread you could not find.
Google it.
See for yourself.
This particular loaf is meant to be broken over a bowl of Spinach soup.

Handmade glasses case

Re-purposed, felted wool sweater from Goodwill...$2.99
Cut the sleeve off at the cuff.
Blanket stitch one end closed.
(I wanted the "cuff" side closed)

My retro case

I cut the label out of the felted sweater and re-attached it to my case with a few simple stitches.

I think I am going to make some matching mittens!


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Anonymous said...

That loaf looks so good and I like the no knead part. With spinach soup now that sounds wonderful.
Can't wait to see the mittens.

The Local Cook said...

Hey, did you know that Mother Earth News (the latest issue of the magazine and also the website) has a recipe for a whole-grain version of the no-knead bread?

Kay-The Rustic Cottage said...

I want a piece of bread! And that glass case is just too cute for words! Now you've give me a good idea for some Christmas gifts.

Where are the soap pictures???? LOL!!!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Is that bread not the best thing you've ever eaten!? So easy too....I swear I made a loaf of that everyday for three months or so, makes such great sandwiches and panini's too!

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me Cyn. LOVE the glass case!

KathyB. said...

I think I will make the bread AND the glasses case! I had spinach soup tonight and it would have been a far better meal with the bread you made!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Yes...I've made that bread before. I don't do kneading...too much of a workout for me. LOL!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Melodie said...

The glasses case is just the neatest thing! Smart thrifty,fun,and cute!

cityfarmer said...

nothing could be more cute ...

I'm off to make the bread, now where are my glasses?

Holly said...

It makes the most wonderful French toast the Alton Brown way. If you're wondering what's the Alton Brown way - it's on Hulu, Google it.

goatmilker said...

That bread looks wonderful. Could you post the recipe please. The glasses case how creative you are that is so neat. Have a great day Rebekah.

Gwynie Pie said...

Oh good grief --- you come up with the best stuff, girl !!! The bread is absolutely mouth-watering. Yum! And I am going to make a few of those glasses cases....too cute! I have readers stashed all over the's kinda like an Easter egg hunt when I need a pair :)

Gwyn Rosser
The Pink Tractor

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Cyn, Thanks for sharing this bread looks so easy,
and I am always amazed at how you are able to make such beautiful treasures, Love to see those mittens when you get them made.

Mrs. P. said...

That bread looks heavenly and I love the idea of glass cases from felted wool sweaters. Great post :)

Christmas Blessings!

jules said...

How do you 'felt' sweaters?

Cheryl said...

The glass case is such a neat idea. You have such good ideas for nice thrifty gifts. Always enjoy seeing what you make.

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Farmgirl Cyn said...

Goatmilker...The recipe for the bread can be googled. You can find it all over the place. Really easy...the only caveat is you need a heavy duty pan with a lid that can be in a 450F oven. Mine is an enamel coated cast iron 4 quart.

Jules...To "felt" a sweater...I get a 100% wool sweater from Goodwill (tho I read recently that you can use a sweater with only 85% wool, but I have never tried that)and you machine wash on hot, then dry in the dryer. You might have to do that 2 or 3 times to get the sweater properly felted. To know it is done right, you should not be able to separate the should be very tight and shrunken! Then, when you cut through it, you will not have any loose yarn. I felted several sweaters this autumn so I would have some for projects I wanted to try. I made my banner over our mantle (back a few posts) using felted rectangles cut from those sweaters. Hope that helps!


Maria said...

I just love the "Cindy Snow Angel" at the top of your blog!

Your bread looks beautiful! professional~ I'm always opening the fridge or bread drawer after a visit here ;o)

Cindy, I made potato-leek soup this weekend with fresh leeks from our garden~! WOWOW ... it's awesome!
I posted back to your Julia Child recipe for my post scheduled for tomorrow afternoon...

It is soooo delish!
God Bless ~ Take Care

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Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

That looks scrumptious!

Pam said...

I need to make that bread!

Your eye glass case is too cute - you are such a clever girl.

Floss said...

Oh that bread! I must remember to Google it when I have time. When will that be???

The glasses case is great fun and your use of the label reminds me of what a friend is doing. She saves clothes for a charity project (orphans in Russia.) She sells the best quality ones to raise money to post the others to the orphanages. A lot of the orphans' clothes need a bit of mending, so she removes all labels and saves them. Then, when she needs a patch, she finds an interesting clothes label and uses it to cover the hole! The end results are quite effective.

Kate said...

I've just started baking bread for the family and have been looking around at recipes this afternoon. That one sounds like a winner, I'm off to google it now, thanks.

Anne Marie said...

LOVE IT! great ideas......

PamKittyMorning said...

That is so clever!

Janean said...

Cyn, you're too talented in ALL departments!!! the bread -- the roundness of it just breaks down any resistance. :) the glasses case is too sweet.