No Knead Bread

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by Bread making machines in Bread Making Resources

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As the name suggests, no knead bread is bread that is created without the kneading process.  For centuries, numerous cultures around the world have produced bread without incorporating the kneading process.  Take, for example, the French with their refined tradition of producing excellent no-knead breads.

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When bread is kneaded, it is done in order to ensure that the gluten within the flour is allowed to elasticize.  This will produce a dough that has a much springier and lighter texture to , which will in turn, result in a lighter loaf of bread.  The same results can be achieved by rapidly whisking the ingredients, allowing them to rise for a minimum of eight hours.

While as a baker, you are no doubt familiar with the process of reducing kneading time and extending the dough rising time, with a no knead bread there is no kneading required at all.  By combining the ingredients and whisking them briskly, the resulting sticky dough can then be covered and placed in a cool and dark area while it is allowed to rise. Once the dough has started to form bubbles on its surface, generally after eight hours, it can be turned out onto a lightly floured surface and shaped into the desired loaf shape.  The dough can then be placed into a baking pan and should be allowed to rise for an additional three hours.  This no-knead dough can then be baked.

The Basic No Knead Bread Recipe
The following recipe for no knead bread will help with your no knead bread!

3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast
2 teaspoons of salt
1 2/3 cups of warm water

1. Briskly whisk the ingredients together in a large bowl that can be readily covered.  Your dough will be very sticky in appearance.
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to sit, at room temperature, for a minimum of 8 hours.
3. Once the dough has been allowed to rise, and the surface of the dough is covered in bubbles, lightly flour your work surface and turn the dough out onto it.
4. Dust the dough lightly with flour and form it into your desired shape – whether that is a traditional loaf shape or a more rounded loaf shape.
5. Place your dough into your baking pan and allow it to rise for a minimum of an additional three hours.
6. Preheat your oven to 450F/230C and bake your no-knead bread for 45 minutes.

Note: For a bit of variety, consider the addition of fresh herbs that can be added to your dough when you work it into your desired loaf shape!

To achieve a much more dense and rustic no-knead loaf of bread, consider covering your baking loaf for 30 minutes.

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