*No Knead, No Mess, No Work Bread*
I tried a new (to me) no knead bread recipe I found in an old Backwoodsman magazine and want to share it since in my book it is a keeper.
So easy, no more than 6 or 7 minutes work and no kneading, very little cleanup and so simple even I made it successfully, two days in a row, with a little tweak on second day loaf.
The ingredients are:
Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly and then mix in
That's it; you will have a sticky, stringy batter type conglomeration that sort of reminds you of a sourdough mother. I mixed mine in a 5 quart plastic ice cream container (empty of course) so it didn't stick to the sides. Cover with a dish towel and let set for 8 to 24 hours.
I let mine go the full 24 hours and it had a very nice sour smell too it. At the end of the wait, 8-24 hours, pour out into a greased glass or ceramic bowl that is oven proof. Cover and let sit 1 more hour, then pop into a 375* preheated oven for a minimum of 45 minutes or until golden brown. The first loaf, pictured below, was in for 55 minutes before I removed it. I left it cool, almost completely, but couldn't wait so cut it still slightly warm and slathered on the butter (yes, I eat real butter because I am a real man...plus I don't like what margarine does to your system). Hmmmmm, it was good. Moister than most no knead breads, but still heavier than regular homemade white bread, crust was nice and chewy, just really good.
The second loaf I made, I left in an hour and then, when I turned it out of the bowl, I placed it back into the hot oven (turned off but still hot), directly on the rack and left it for 10 minutes more. This browned the bottom some and made the crust a little crisper. It was just a little better than the first loaf.
One thing, this bread doesn't toast well, at least in a toaster oven (I don't have a regular toaster to try). It might toast under a broiler though. I had to turn the toaster oven on 3 times to get it to brown and by then the edges of the crust were burnt.
I had 6 or 7 minutes mixing the batter and only a few seconds pouring it out into the ceramic bowl. No mess, no kneading, little to clean out of the plastic tub and (when done), no work at all to clean the ceramic bowl.
All in all, this is a really good bread recipe if you don't mind heavier bread. I made the first loaf 4 days ago and the little left this morning before breakfast was still moist and not crumbly.
So there it is, no mess, no work, no knead, now that's my kind of recipe.
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