No Knead Bread

May 30, 2014

in the generous life

Congratulations Candy for being the 12th poster and winning a Loaded Baked Potato Dip Mix (or the dip mix of your choice) in the Good Food Contest .

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When Paul and I made the decision to work toward living in a travel trailer, I got serious about dejunking my home. Travel trailers are not known for storage space, so I’m keeping only the things I use and/or love. 

I realized that I hadn’t used my KitchenAid mixer in months and months. My kids are grown and Paul is doing more cooking. So I blessed my daughter-in-law with something she would use and I went in search of the perfect no-knead bread recipe (I don’t think I can live without homemade bread).

I collected a number of recipes and played with them until I came up with something I love. You don’t have to knead the dough and it takes about 5 minutes of put together time.

Lori’s No Knead Bread

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
2 1/4 cups water

This is the base recipe. You can add spices, cheese or various flours to make it interesting. My favorite is multi-grain where I use 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup oat flour (I actually grind up quick oats in my blender) and 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal.

Combine all the dry ingredients. Add water. Stir until all ingredients are wet. Cover loosely and let sit for 12 to 16 hours (I usually do this last thing at night and bake it sometime the next day). It becomes a fairly wet, sticky dough that looks a bit bubbly.

Scoop the dough from the bowl onto a floured surface (I use a silicone spatula). Flour your hands and stretch the dough into a rectangle shape and cut in half. Shape each half into a loaf and place them in greased bread pans seam side down. Let your loaves rise until double in size (about 1.5 to 2 hours). 

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees (232 celsius).  Bake loaves for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from oven, lift out of pans (mine just pop out) and cool on a cooling rack (they cut better if you let them cool a bit).

 Just thought I’d share a little something from my kitchen.  :)

Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.  James Beard

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Calm Healthy Sexy: 4 Kinds of “Yeast” Your Marriage Needs I had to giggle. What an appropriate link after today’s post.  :)

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Gaye @CalmHealthySexy May 30, 2014 at 6:44 am

Hi Lori – Thanks so much for sharing my post. And I love that it was a nice complement to yours. I am going to try making this bread. A few years ago I made a type of no-knead bread fairly often, and it was delicious. But somehow I got off track with making it. So this gives me a good reason to try it again, using your recipe.

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