The Lazy Gourmet
In the last year, I have learned two excellent recipes that are amazing in terms of their deliciousness and simplicity. The internet being a great place to share great ideas, I hereby present you with:
- No-Knead Bread. Mix flour, salt, water, and yeast in the evening. Overnight the yeast will do the hard work. In the morning, transfer to a pan. Bake and enjoy.
- Cold-Brewed Coffee. Mix coffee grounds with water. Let sit overnight and strain. Gives a batch of concentrated brew. Add to cold/hot water/milk for tasty coffee.
- Mix 3 cups of flour (pictured: 50% white, 50% whole wheat) with 1/2 tsp of yeast and 1 tsp of salt.
- Add between 350 and 450 mL of water, stirring. Stop once it is quite wet, yet possible for you to pick up and hold together in one piece.
- Sit overnight, covered with a clean kitchen cloth, 12 to 18 hours.*
- Move in one piece to a well-oiled loaf pan and let sit 2 more hours.
- Cover top loosely with foil and bake in a pre-heated 460F/240C oven for about half an hour.
- Remove foil and cook approx 15 more minutes or until solid with a hard dark top, but not burnt.
- Important: Let cool for 30 min-1 hr to solidify. (This is the hardest step.)
*: The bread sits. You lay down and sleep, covered with a clean blanket.
- Put 170g (about 1 cup) of normal or coarse-ground coffee in a 1L french press / bodum / glass jar.
- Add room temperature water half-way and stir until everything is saturated. Fresh grounds may bubble; let sit 5 minutes.
- Fill to top with room temperature water and stir again.
- Cover and let sit overnight, about 12 hours.
- In the morning, press / strain out the goodness.
- Store the resulting concentrate in the fridge. Use about an ounce per coffee. Keeps for 1-2 weeks.
According to online info about cold-filtering, some people say there is less acidity in cold-filtered coffee. Some claim that it makes the cheapest possible store grounds taste great. I am not sure about this but I think in general it’s hard to mess up. Be aware that the concentrate will probably have some silt at the bottom after sitting in the fridge all week, unless you have used a hard-core filter.
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