Quick no knead bread will take you about 5 minutes of hands on time, and the rest of the time is allowing it to prove and bake. This is the method that usually takes 18-24 hours, but by using hot water it speeds things along nicely. No kneading involved. What’s not to like. It’s airy, golden, crusty and delicious.
This bread is going to make your day
With our world rapidly going into lockdown, Los Angeles being the latest city today, it’s time for some home baking and this loaf will be ready in about 4 1/2 hours, of which you will spend roughly 5, yep 5 minutes putting it together.
Jim Lahey, of the famous artisan Sullivan Street Bakeries in America introduced the concept of baking this bread through Mark Bittman, of the New York Times back in 2006. Apparently it was an instant success, and rightfully so. It’s just too easy.
Couldn’t be easier to make
You simply add flour, salt, yeast and water in a bowl, and stir with a spoon. Allow to sit, shape and bake. That’s it!
The dough will grow and become ‘holey’, this is good.
A forgiving dough
Don’t worry if you don’t get the bread into the oven after its resting time as it’s happy to hang around on the bench for an extra couple of hours. We like.
What pot to use
You’ll need a heavy cast iron pan with a lid. A dutch oven or heavy casserole dish is what you’ll need. The pot essentially traps the steam and cooks the bread. Further reading has showed that some have successfully used a baking tray with a metal bowl over the top of the dough to bake.
fresh from the oven!
Watch How To Make It
Check out some more home baking recipes for lockdown
click on the link for the recipe…..Chocolate Chip Cookies with Macadamia
click on the link for the recipe…..Chocolate Nemesis Cake – River Cafe
click on the link…..Almond Cookies – Gluten Free
click on the link for the recipe…..Forgotten Meringue Cookies
click on the link for the recipe…..Edna’s Lemon Curd Cake
Who doesn’t love a crusty, golden loaf with a soft airy centre? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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This quick, no knead bread is seriously hands off in effort and the only thing you need going for you is time to let it prove. The oven does all the work to create a crusty, golden, airy bread. Hope you enjoy it!
- 400g (14 ounces) plain (all purpose) flour
- 1/4 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast – check your yeasts use by date
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine table salt
- 1 1/2 cups (355ml or 12 fluid ounces) of hot water (52-54c or 125f – 130f), not boiling – boiling water kills the yeast
- handful of flour for shaping
- combine flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl
- stir to evenly distribute the yeast into the flour and salt
- add the water and stir until it’s well combined – dough will be’ shaggy’, meaning not smooth, but bitsy and very sticky
- cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 3 hours (dough will rise and be dotted with bubbles)
- transfer dough to a well floured bench and sprinkle some flour on top of the dough
- using a scraper fold the dough over 10-12 times and shape into a rough ball
- place a sheet of baking paper in a clean bowl
- tip dough onto the paper and cover with a tea towel
- leave dough to stand for about 30 minutes while the oven and pot heats up (see photos above)
- meanwhile place a heavy cast iron casserole dish with lid into a cold oven
- turn oven on and heat to 235c (450f) bake not fan
- when temperature is reached, remove pot from oven – obviously the pot is extremely hot
- lift dough and baking paper into the pot and cover with the lid
- bake for 30 minutes
- after 30 minutes remove lid and discard paper
- return bread to pot and bake (uncovered) for a further 10-20 minutes, depending on how crusty you like your bread
- remove from oven and place bread on a cooling rack
- slice away and enjoy!
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