I cannot believe it! I actually did it. And it was relatively easy! Here's my finished product:
Here's how you do it. 3 3/4 cups of flour (I used King Arthur unbleached bread flour, but I think regular AP flour would be fine.) Put that in your standing mixer. Put 2 tsp of salt on one side, 2 tsp of yeast on the other, and pour 1 1/2 cups warm water down the middle. I went ahead and bought a jar of yeast, as I envisioned that I'd be making a lot more bread. Mix on low a couple of minutes with the paddle until it all comes together. Then switch to the dough hook. And mix on medium for 2 minutes. Let it rest 5 minutes, then mix 3 minutes more. Plop it on a lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes. I felt like my dough couldn't take any more flour, but you can add up to 1/4 cup here if need be.
So just bake it for 20 - 25 minutes and you're done. Don't forget to let it cool!
Frances and Elsie each ate three pieces, I think. And Elsie NEVER eats her bread. (Strange, I know.) It was yummy. I'd like it to more like the onces at Vanilla & Lace, but it was my first time. Next, I might want to try the NYTimes no-knead bread recipe and see how they compare.