No-Knead Homemade Bread
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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 mother, 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 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 friends never raised up. I was covered in flour. The 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 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 flatbread, Irish soda bread or whole-wheat, the bread is eaten almost in one day. So here is my recipe.
“Healthier” version of a recipe: – No-knead whole wheat bread
NO-KNEAD HOMEMADE BREAD
The best homemade bread. Simple, delicious recipe.
- 5 cups All-Purpose Flour approx. 600g /flour without sodium; for cakes, cookies, etc., works well.
- 2 teaspoons Table Salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder optional
- 1 envelope Active Dry Yeast 7 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups Lukewarm Water
- 2 tablespoons Oil + for greasing the pan
Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix!
Add sugar and dry yeast in a cup, and add a bit of warm (to touch) water. Mix it to combine then let the yeast activate, before adding to the flour mixture. (You can add it directly to the flour mixture just by making a well in the middle, add sugar and yeast and a splash of warm water then wait about 3-4 minutes before mixing it and adding more water.) This step is whatever feels right to you.
Add more warm water as needed. Add the water 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). It all depends on what type of flour you have, how old it is, the air & humidity, etc. So if I say 2 cups of warm water, it might be less, so please add water slowly until you reach soft and sticky texture, but not looking like pancake batter.
Take a few strokes with a wooden spoon just to combine everything, add oil, mix again and cover the dough.
Let it rest and rise for 60 minutes in total. I mix it after 30 minutes with a wooden spoon and let it rest for the next 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
Grease your baking pan and put the dough in.
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.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.
Allow it to cook down at least for 45 minutes before slicing the bread.
You can bake in any pan that you have a circular, rectangular, or square pan. I find it the best if it's non-stick baking pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown. This is no kneaded 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 teaspoons if you don't want too savory. We have different flour 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 rise 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 or unbleached 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. If you like any other brands, please let me know what are you using. I would love to try it too.