The Perfect, Elusive Loaf

I came across this bread recipe last week, courtesy of Jim Lahey of New York’s Sullivan Street Bakery. Apparently it produces the most perfect loaf of bread, despite no special ingredients, techniques or skills. You don’t even have to knead it! They say even a 4-year-old could make it, and it’s got 5-star reviews by 1,286 people. It looks absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t wait to give it a go.

I’ve tried it 3 times already, and it’s been a failure each time.

Am I using stale flour? The wrong type of yeast? Maybe the recipe is missing some instructions… it must be Jim’s fault. Or maybe I’m using the wrong cooking vessel, the wrong temperature water? Am I trying too hard?! Not practising enough?

Why does something so seemingly obvious, simple and effective elude us?

I must just be my karma…. the conditions aren’t right…. I’ll keep trying.


(Bread photo by Liliana Fuchs)


2 thoughts on “The Perfect, Elusive Loaf

  1. Sally Barraud

    Why do you say the bread is a failure? The bread in the photo looks very delicious so am wondering why it gets the label “failure”? Or is that the photo from the original recipe?!


    1. Hi Sal! The photo is a teaser – what the bread was meant to look like! But I’m working on it – next time more dough to better fill my cooking pot 🙂 Getting the conditions in place… ! Love,


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