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LH 139: The Magic of No Knead Bread

How to make delicious bread with one simple recipe

I know you’re busy. But I also know that you long for more delicious, wholesome food…made at home.

And if you’re like me, you just don’t have the time to make things like homemade bread on a regular basis.

Well…I’ve got good news!

Author Alexandra Stafford has the perfect bread recipe for people like us. It comes together in under 5 minutes, rises in an hour and after a second rise, it bakes in buttered bowls.

So simple, yet SO delicious!

The best part is…This one bread recipe can be turned into everything from focaccia and pizza to hamburger buns and even…dessert!

I’ve been baking my way through Ali’s book for the last few weeks and I LOVE IT.  I had to have her on the show to share her secrets.


You will learn:

  • How this closely guarded family recipe remained a secret for so long
  • The simple ingredients & steps to making the bread
  • The best tips for using the bread in other ways
  • How to get the right water temperature every, single time
  • The unusual vessel Ali recommends for baking & why
  • Ali’s favorite recipe for using up slices of bread
  •  Tips for making fresh and dried bread crumbs
  • How best to store bread crumbs for later use
  • And so much more


Alexandra Stafford:Alexandra Stafford on

After graduating from Yale, Alexandra Stafford (Ali) moved to Philadelphia, where she attended cooking school and worked in catering and restaurant kitchens. In 2006 she launched her blog, Alexandra’s Kitchen, which was a finalist for the Saveur Blog Awards Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners in 2016. Her cookbook, Bread Toast Crumbs, has won numerous awards and has been praised by Dorie Greenspan, David Lebovitz, and Jim Lahey.  Ali lives in Niskayuna with her husband and four young children.

Bread Toast Crumbs is a 2018 nominee for The IACP Julia Child First Book Award. Tasting Table named Bread Toast Crumbs one of Top 5 Cookbooks of 2017
Food52 featured the peasant bread and Bread Toast Crumbs in its genius recipes column; the post ended up being one of the 10 most popular of 2017.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Alexandra Cooks – Ali’s website Bread Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford on

Bread Toast Crumbs* – Ali’s book

Peasant Bread Recipe

Bread Making Videos

SAF Instant Yeast*

King Arthur Flour


Related Episodes:

Episode #126: Sourdough Starter & Heirloom Flour

Episode #115: Savory Sweet Preserves



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.