Last fall, after probably the 10th person in as many weeks asked me if I’d tried Jim Lahey’s no-knead homemade bread yet, I finally decided to give it a go. I had never made my own bread before — in my mind bakers were as different a species from cooks as chemists were – which was probably why I had avoided it as long as I did. But the hardest thing about this recipe is remembering to mix up the ingredients the night before you want to make it. After that, you spend about two minutes on it and you have a fresh freaking loaf of bread! It would be worth it if only for the amazingly hearthy vibe the aroma lends to the house which seems to put the girls into a Little Mermaid-like trance. (Warning: After the first wave of euphoria, you will be completely resentful that you ever spent a penny on that “artisanal” loaf.) Click to the jump for recipe.