No-Knead to Worry
A few years ago, all anyone in the homecooking world could talk about was NY baker Jim Lahey's miracle method for baking bread in a snap. Those of us who devour the NY Times Dining & Wine section were thrilled to learn, via Mark Bittman, of Lahey's miracle make-it-yourself bread recipe which required little effort and a limited amount of skill--the two things that had kept so many homecooks away from bread in the first place.
There are few things that intimidate homecooks—especially new ones—more than yeast-based recipes. Local Lorna Lippes understands this, and has mastered the Lahey method to such an extent that she is now offering classes to the public. You would be hard pressed to find another bread baking course in the area, so if baking bread has been on your list of things to do, now is your chance to thoroughly de-flour yourself.
Lippes' first class will take place on December 11 at Artisan Kitchens & Baths. The workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, costs only $35 and includes the promise of a nice pizza lunch crafted during class from one of the many no-knead recipes Lippes has perfected. Her business, Kneadless Effort, intends to offer classes on an ongoing basis. If you can't attend class on the 11th, stay tuned to her website for more dates and information.