A super simple No-knead bread! And artisan style crisp crust and soft and ‘holey’ crumb too. Win win 😀
This is a four ingredient recipe and needs just flour, water,salt and yeast. The long fermentation takes care of the kneading and you just need to mix it up, let rest overnight, shape (read, roughly get together), plop into a greased pan, let rise for another hour and bake. Done!
The recipe is from No Knead Bread Central. Here is the video link.
I have halved the recipe to get a small loaf and reduced the yeast quantity bearing in mind the humid Mumbai weather. In colder climes, go with the whole ¼ teaspoon rather than the pinch full I add.
1 ¾ cup Maida/ all purpose flour
1/8 tsp Instant yeast ( If the weather is cold, use ¼ tsp yeast)
¾ tsp salt
1 cup (207 grams) of water at room temperature
Mix the flour, salt and yeast* with a wooden spoon. I actually use the handle of the spoon. It makes the mixing easier.
Add the water and mix well till all the dry flour mixture is hydrated. You will get a soft and shaggy dough.
Cover and leave for 7-8 hours or overnight in an airy place ( I put it on the sideboard in the kids’ bedroom, so it was under the fan throughout)
The dough would have doubled in the morning and would be all puffy and stringy.
Grease a 9×4 inch loaf tin. Mine is a non stick pan so slight greasing works beautifully. In a regular aluminium tin, grease and line the pan.
Dust the counter with flour drop the dough gently on the floured surface.
With floured hands and a scraper flatten out the dough and roughly shape into a loaf and drop into the greased pan.
Let rise till it is doubled and puffed up. It took me an hour.
Preheat the oven to 200C for 15 minutes and bake for 30 minutes till the top is brown and the bottom sounds hollow on tapping.
Remove from the pan and brush the top and sides with melted butter.
The crust will be real crisp. We like it little soft, so I wrap the loaf in cling film once it has cooled to room temperature.
We enjoyed it with some butter and home made orange marmalade (Recipe coming up soon!)