Saturday, April 23, 2011

Homemade Bread Loaf

Easy no knead recipe for Homemade Bread Loaf





The first time when I made the bread I was probably 13 years old… My mom started to work, and I came from the school, hungry like a wolf; I was all alone, my sister was in school and my dad was working as well!  Next to the stove I found a note from my mom, saying ” Could you prepare the bread dough and I will bake it when I come back". It was the whole preparation (list) how to do it.


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It seemed simple enough, and I got right away to work.
Next to the bowl and flour was fresh yeast, and my mom very nearly wrote "put about 1-2 tablespoons of warm milk  in a cup with fresh yeast, to get it activated". It would take a few minutes, and then I should put it into the flour with everything else. I mixed flour, and felt so proud of myself... Well... HA! Funny story... I went back to the kitchen about 15 times, mixing the dough constantly. It was rather odd looking, like it was for pancakes. I kept adding more flour, then more water -And the dough my friend never raised up. I was covered in flour, kitchen was a mess, full of dough balls like a fireball, pretty much everywhere... Honestly, I felt hopeless! It was like watching my own reality show. 
I didn't  actually know what I did wrong! 
I was a little bit anxious; I felt like a million butterflies are in my belly because I did not know how she is going to react that I didn't make bread dough very good;  I went to the kitchen and told her that I did exactly like she wrote on the paper, but nothing had happened to the dough.
She said “It's Okay, but you did not follow the recipe, and see the yeast is still in the cup with milk”, when she said that, my brain just froze. I felt like my cheeks are getting redder by the second. I was waiting for two freaking hours for nothing! Well... I gotta tell ya, I learned my lesson!!! 
And that was my first time "trying" to make a bread! 


Now I rarely buy it from the store, or bakery... I am making bread every day fresh and from the scratch without a bread machine.  My hands, and my trusty wooden spoon are doing everything in a matter of 5 minutes, however, if you have trouble mixing it with the wooden spoon, using something like KitchenAid with kneading attachment wouldn't hurt. I just wanted to show how easy bread could be made this way. The dough is not as hard to mix, so I don't see a point using any other equipment, but if you really can't, please, be my guest and use whatever will make your life easier. 
The bottom line is, my family and I love, love bread. It's a staple of our house, and whether I make flatbreadIrish soda bread or whole wheat, the bread is eaten almost in one day. So here is my recipe....




"Healthier" version of a recipe for -->  no-knead whole wheat bread 
My YouTube quick video tutorial how to make: Homemade "no knead" bread loaf 


Homemade Bread Loaf
Makes 1 large loaf/or 2 small
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups All Purpose Flour (500g) /flour without sodium; for cakes, cookies, etc., work well. 
  • 2 1/2 to 3 teaspoons Table Salt (14-17g)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (8g) *optional 
  • 1 envelope Active Dry Yeast (2 teaspoons/1/4oz/7g)
  • 1/8 teaspoons Sugar (1 pinch)
  • 2 cups Lukewarm Water (480ml/1 pint) + 2 FL OZ (56 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil (1 Oz/1/8 cup/30ml/30cc) + for greasing the pan
Directions:
  1. Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Mix!
  2. Add sugar and dry yeast in a small cup, and add a bit of warm milk or water.
  3. Let the yeast activate, stir and add to the flour mixture. Or make a well in the middle of the flour bowl and add dry yeast and sugar. Splash a bit of warm water and wait for 10-15 seconds, before mixing.
  4. Add more warm water or milk as needed (I like it better with water) but do add slowly, so your bread dough wouldn't turn into the pancake mixture. (1/2-1 cup at the time until you reach the thickness and so the wooden spoon can go through easier-it does take some good beating)
  5. Take a few strokes with a wooden spoon just to combine everything, add oil, mix again and cover the dough.
  6. Let it rest and rise for 60 minutes in total. I mix it after 30 minutes with wooden spoon, and let it rest for the next 30 minutes. 
  7. Preheat oven at 400F (200C)
  8. Grease your baking pan and put the dough in. 
  9. Again, let it rise in the baking pan for the next 10 minutes or until it's almost up to the edges of the pan and place in the preheated oven, even if it's not all the way to the edges it will rise more in the oven. *note You can bake in any pan that you have-circular, rectangular, or square pan. I find it the best if it's non stick baking pan. 
  10. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown. 
My bread just came out of the oven and the warm smell wrapped my whole house. Is there anything better than freshly baked bread coming from your oven? 


Note* 

  • This is no knead bread, I just use a wooden spoon to combine and mix the dough. 
  • I usually put 2-3 teaspoons of salt, but you can add 1.5-2 tsp. Because of different flours brands, and of course taste buds. 
  • The dough should be just a bit thinner than if you would make pizza dough. 
  • Also If you decide to knead just add less water, and I would suggest adding maybe 1 Tbsp. of oil; dust the working surface with the flour and knead until you make a ball and oil it before covering to raise. Once it's risen, knead again and place in the greased baking pan to raise one more time before baking it. 
  • IF FLOUR HAS SODIUM PLEASE ADD ONLY 1/2 teaspoon of salt. The outcome will not be the same, but still delicious. I work with only all purpose- no sodium bleached white flour, or whole wheat flour. 
  • I tried many different brands of flour, but I always stick to the one that I found the best which is Canadian brand- 5 Roses 44LB. If you have a chance to get it trust me, you will not regret because the bread or anything baked comes out amazing. For Five Roses Flour, All Purpose, 5.5lb, click here  
  • If you like any other brands, please let me know what are you using. I would love to try it too. 
Simple and Easy recipe for no knead Homemade Bread Loaf

Wishing you a great day!

Your friend,

Sandra 

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