Is there a smell in this world better than freshly baked bread? I think not! When I was growing up my mother had the coolest machine ever in our kitchen, her very own bread machine. She would throw in some flour, water, and yeast and in four or five hours out would come a loaf of bread! I remember the sound whooshing through our home and going over to the machine so I could inhale my favorite aroma, the bread. I remember enjoying the bread plain or with butter/jam. Even now when my mom whips out her bread machine, I am the first to run over to her house and get a slice!
As an adult, I rarely experiment with bread. I do not own a bread machine and the thought of kneading bread dough over and over for ten plus minutes, does not appeal to me. Even with my exercise routine, my upper body strength is a joke, so I don't think I would knead bread the right way. However, right now the world is in the middle of the COVOID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. People are hoarding groceries and toilet paper like the world is about to end. I kid you not, there was not a single loaf of bread on the shelves at any of the grocery stores I went to yesterday. I decided that would take bread matters into my own hands and whip up a loaf of my own. I used a no knead method, which made the whole process simple and still resulted in a delicious loaf of bread!
I am ecstatic to share this bread making method/recipe with you. It is a simple fool proof way to make bread. It will need time to rise overnight, because you do not knead the bread, the yeast needs more time to do its thing, so make sure to plan ahead. If you can read this blog post, you can make this bread! It really is as simple as measure, mix, let rise, and bake!
1 1/2 cups of warm water
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups of white flour
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of instant yeast
1. Mix all ingredients together in bowl. I use my stand mixer to really make sure everything blends well but you can also mix well with a regular old spoon and everything will be fine! The dough might be a little sticky but that is normal!
2. Place the dough in a big bowl covered in plastic wrap. The dough will double in size, make sure the bowl is big enough!
3. Leave your bowl on the kitchen counter at room temperature for at least 8 hours. I like to mix my ingredients at night and leave the covered bowl on my counter until morning. However in the winter months it can get very cold overnight (especially in my apartment because I turn the heat all the way down at night) so place your bread bowl in a warmer spot. I wrap my bowl in blanket on my couch, but you do not have to do this, its just a suggestion for colder months!
4. After the dough has rested/had time to rise, remove it from the bowl and place on a floured working space. Shape the dough with your hands into an oval loaf. This does not have to be a perfect oval just something resembling an oval.
5.Cut three (or four if you'd like) lines in the top of your bread loaf. Don't press too hard or the bread will split open while baking.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease the pan with butter. Place the loaf on the pan, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in room temperature for 1 hour.
7. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and bake bread loaves for 30 minutes.
8. Remove the bread from the oven, its should be brown and crusty on top. Let the bread cool on a wire rack for 15 mins.
9. Slice and serve your delicious bread! You can wrap this bread in tinfoil to store any leftovers. It will keep for a day or two.
This loaf of bread is very versatile and it can be used the same way you would use a loaf of bread that you purchase at a grocery store or bakery. I like to eat it in the following ways:
-Fresh off the cooling rack with butter
- Toasted with jam or butter
- Toasted with scrambled or poached eggs
- As sandwich bread