No-knead Bread

15 Sep

Hello lovelies!

No-kneading, no rising period, just a couple of bowls, a few ingredients, and a couple of heat settings and Bob’s your Uncle there you have it, crazy simple, good bread!

 

Bread has been a personal mission of mine for a very long time.

As part of living more organically, I am finding more and more ways to provide my children good foods made fresh at home, thus reducing their exposure to chemicals found in many foods available in supermarkets. A few years back I learned that carrots sold in the supermarket were washed with chemicals to make them ‘clean’. Yet now these fresh produce were probably less clean than when they had farm dirt on them (though I don’t argue that fertilisers and composts add harmful substances during the growth process of fresh produce so let’s just say peel your carrots)! I find it sad that we have to remove the skin of carrots, which we usually consider to have vitamins in them!  

Needless to say I am disheartened by pre-packaged foods and now our produce too. So now I try to make different foods for my family using good ingredients and good old fashioned methods! It’s not always cheaper or quicker but it is satisfying!

I am not actually a huge fan of bread but I do love a hunk lathered in hummus slice of homemade bread smothered in butter. Mmmm, yes, warm bread straight out of a hot oven spread liberally with butter. The kiddies and I enjoyed a supper of fresh warm bread with butter and peanut butter and they were suitably satisfied come bedtime!

 

 But, making bread is known famously for taking time and a lot of kneading and rising and, well, effort. Thus, the following recipe knocked my socks off with WOW!

 Of course, as my family well knows, I am not one to make a straight recipe thus this basic recipe is adapted to my style. I can promise you this recipe is so easy the kids will be able to help out a lot!

 

 

Quick, Easy Bread

  • 2 C boiling water
  • 4 t honey
  • 2 C cold water
  • 7 t dry yeast
  • 2 3/4 C plain high grade flour
  • 2 3/4 C wholemeal flour or double white flour above instead
  • 3 t salt
  • 1 C sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 C pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 C kibbled wheat
  • 1/4 C barley grains

Method:

Preheat oven to 80°C. Grease 2 loaf tins.

In a large bowl, pour 2 cups boiling water and stir in the honey until dissolved. Add the cold water and then sprinkle over the yeast. Let this sit for 10 minutes while you prepare the dry ingredients. Place flours, salt, seeds and grains in a bowl and stir to combine. Whisk the wet, yeast mixture and then add the dry ingredients and stir to combine well. This will be a very wet mixture.

Pour half the mixture into each of the tins. Spread evenly, smooth out the top, and then place a few scores across the top with a sharp knife (this will help the bread to rise evenly without splitting).

Bake at 80°C for 20 minutes, then turn the oven to 210°C and bake for about 40 minutes. To test whether the loaves are cooked, tap the tops, they should sound hollow. Turn out the loaves onto a cooling rack while still hot and leave to cool (if you have the patience, or when in Rome….slice some and lather with your favourite topping, or serve with your favourite soup).

This bread is super easy to slice and is still incredibly fresh after a few days (mine is still good after a week).

To me, this bread is easier, cheaper, and better quality than any supermarket breads and has the added addition of making you feel like a superhero bread maker!

Enjoy fresh, warm, lovely bread lovelies! 

 

Have you a favourite bread recipe? I love this one Apple Honey Challah by The Shiksa and am super excited to try it out soon!

 

 

 

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