This spring many of us have turned to baking fresh bread at home as a new hobby. Bread making is a great way to take up some spare time and make something with your hands, plus you get a tasty end product - things that all of us need right now.
Looking to add bread making to your repertoire? We’ve got you covered. Consider using a no knead recipe which is a more forgiving technique and a great starting place for beginners. Wheat breads are held together with gluten, and in order for that gluten to form two of the following three factors are needed: time, hydration, and/or agitation (in the form of kneading). No-knead recipes have very high hydration (they make wet doughs) and long proof times (up to 12 hours) which means you don’t need to knead.
Kneading aside, another perk of our favorite bread recipe is that it doesn’t call for a lot of yeast (½ a teaspoon in our case, for a large family-sized loaf). So, if you’ve decided to make bread on a whim and don’t have a lot of flour or yeast in your pantry, that doesn’t mean you’ve got to head to your grocery store.
In contrast to trendy sourdough bread preparations, this style of bread has a less tangy flavour and no pesky starter that you have to tend and make space for on your counter or in the fridge. It also only needs a light ‘turn’ to shape, no tiring kneading and punching down is necessary. Great for people who have arthritis, carpal tunnel or are simply confused by the whole ‘punching dough’ process.
Plus, with an 8-12 hour proofing schedule you can easily fit making this bread into your day. When we are working from home we proof overnight and bake in the morning for perfect bread by lunch. When we are headed into the office, we can bake before bed so the bread is cooled and ready for the next morning.
Check out the recipe that we have been using from Glen & Friends Cooking below, and start your bread baking journey.
Rustic No-Knead Bread
Top Tips for a Perfect Loaf
Bread is a great way to get messy and create something delicious in your kitchen. Have fun baking your bread babies!