In his book, Jim says they have this deliciously salty-sweet olive oil bread for breakfast in Italy. I figured out a way to bake it without a pizza stone, but still with a decent crust.
Now if only I had this espresso maker to make no-brew lattes to go with.
No-Knead Schacciata (Pizza Bianca)
(adapted from Jim Lahey via Martha Stewart)
Makes one 10” bread.
1.5 c. bread flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt + more for the top
1/4 + 1/8 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. yeast
3/4 c. cool water
a sprig of fresh rosemary
The night before, mix the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast together in a bowl. Pour in the water and mix just until it becomes a wet, shaggy dough. Put the dough in a bowl rubbed with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature overnight.
The next morning, flour a board and use a bench scraper to turn the dough out onto it. Gently form it into a ball. Lightly coat the dough with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and let it rest for another hour.
About ten minutes before the hour is up, place a 10” cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat it to 450ºF. Use your fingertips to dimple the dough into a 10” round. Remove the skillet from the oven and carefully place the dough in it (I slid mine in from the plate it was resting on).
Drizzle it with a little more olive oil, sprinkle the rosemary and another pinch salt. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove the bread from the skillet to a rack. Let cool almost completely before slicing.