Easy no-knead bread is a good way to always have homemade bread for your meals.
We have another pantry food for you today. You probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen except maybe yeast, so, add that to your shopping list when you venture out to the grocery store next time. I have gotten back into bread making since there seems to be plenty of time for it right now. I love everything about it – the smell coming from the oven (I have some in the oven right now,) the feeling of success when the baked comes out of the oven, and the fun of eating each delicious slice. I have combined some knowledge from three different sources to come up with a bread recipe that has been successful for me. This cook book, this bread making book, a bread-making class I took, and my mother’s recipe have all contributed to my success. Today we are sharing the resulting easy no-knead bread recipe with you.
- 5 cups flour
- 1 cup warm water (110 to 120 degrees)
- 1 package active yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Put the flour into a big bowl, and make a well in the middle.
- Stir together water, yeast, sugar, and salt.
- Pour yeast mixture into the flour well and mix till well combined. It will look rough.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and put in a warm spot where it will not be disturbed for 18 to 24 hours.
- When ready, divide the dough into two balls and let rest, covered with the plastic wrap, for 20 minutes.
- Then form the two balls into round loaves by gently folding the sides in and then in again. Put them each on a piece of parchment paper. Cover with a linen towel and let rise two hours.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place two cast iron Dutch ovens in the hot oven for 30 minutes to heat up. (If you only have one cast iron Dutch oven, then go through the next steps twice.)
- At the end of two hours, the dough is ready. Pick it up by the ends of the parchment paper and place the dough and paper into the hot Dutch oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. This time will depend on your dough, and your oven's accuracy. The bread is done when you tap the top, and it sounds hollow.
- Remove from oven and cool on a raised rack.
There are a few tools that make bread baking easier. This dough whisk is what I use for stirring the flour into dough, and this is the type of Dutch oven I use. Also, I use this cake cooling rack. and this parchment paper. If you have some free time these days, baking bread can be a rewarding way to spend some of it. Next week we will be sharing with you some of the things we each are doing to make these tough times easier and to add some joy to our days. Baking bread is one of the things on my list.
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