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Artisan Bread – the ‘no knead’ method

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Artisan bread

Spring has finally arrived. More than that, we’ve reached summery this week! If you’re walking outside around dinner time, you can’t escape the smell of BBQ’s all around the area. We’re not huge BBQ-fans, but we love to eat outside. And with these warm temps, we like to move into the garden. We might fire up the BBQ this weekend, or we might settle for a quick and light meal. What I love in both cases?  Freshly baked bread on the side.

Easy to make at home

You can make sure to buy a fresh loaf at the bakery or the supermarket. Perfectly fine. Because baking brad at home is a tedious job. Right? Nope, it doesn’t have to be. With this recipe for artisan bread, anyone can bake fresh bread at home.

The ‘no knead’ method

You’ve probably heard of it before, no-knead bread. As in: bread you don’t have to knead. We’re making this bread already for a couple of years and I have tried several variations. Using another type of flour or adding extra ingredients. The bread is very popular all over the world. Once you’ve tried it yourself, you’ll understand why. Making your own artisan bread at home has never been this easy.

Time

How can this ever work? By giving the dough enough time. The dough has to rise at least 8 hours. Preferably longer, up to 24 hours. So, it’s not a recipe you can make just before use. I prepare the dough just before going to sleep. That way it has enough time to rise. The next day, I can bake it any time I want to. It sounds so easy, right? Well, it is.

Ingredients

375 – 525 g (spelt)flour (see instructions)

1 tsp dry yeast

2 tsp salt

375 ml lukewarm water

Instructions

First, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. I’ve put a very wide margin for the flour in the recipe, as the exact amount of flour very much depends on the type of flour and even the brand you’re using. I’ve noticed that spelt flour is much heavier than regular flour. For a bread with regular AP flour, I used about 375 – 425 g of flour. With my last spelt bread, I used 525 g flour.

Start with the smallest amount of flour and add more as needed. The dough doesn’t have to reach a ‘dry’ state, where your hands don’t stick anymore. Sticky is fine, as you are not going to knead it.

Add the water and mix everything with a wooden spoon. Add more flour if it’s too wet.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Cover the bowl with cling film and put in a place where the dough can rest (I usually put it on the cupboard in the living room, out of reach of children and pets).

Let rise for at least 8 hours. Preferably longer, so it’s best to start it just before you go to sleep at night.

Put a piece of parchment paper on your workspace and dust it generously with flour. The dough is very sticky and thin and without the flour, it will stick to the paper.

‘Pour’ the dough on the dusted parchment paper (I use a dough scraper to get it out of the bowl). Try to shape it in a round form. Again, I use the dough scraper and kind of fold the edges.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Let the dough rest like that for about an hour.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 220°C.

Place, halfway the rising time, a cast iron pan/casserole in the oven. The pan needs to be really hot.

On the dough, you will see air bubbles have formed. That’s a good thing!

And now a dangerous job: take the pan out of the oven (don’t forget your oven mitts!), carefully lift the parchment paper with the dough and place it in the hot pan.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Put the lid on the pan, put the pan back in the oven and let it bake (lid closed) for 30 minutes.

Take the lid off the pan (again, don’t forget your oven mitts, because: HOT!) and let bake for another 15 minutes or until the top has reached a nice golden colour.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Carefully take the bread out of the oven and let cool. Though hot bread, fresh from the oven… so good.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

And your freshly baked, homemade bread is ready. This recipe can be made with different types of flour, even gluten free mixes (be sure to check whether these mixes are suitable for bread baking). You cabn also use whole wheat flour, but you’ll get a much denser bread (less air bubbles are formed in the dough). Well, in other words: start experimenting.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Enjoy!

Artisan Bread - the 'no knead' method
Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode
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Artisan Bread - the 'no knead' method

Servings 1 loaf
Author Nicole

Ingredients

  • 375-525 g (spelt)flour*
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 375 ml lukewarm water

Instructions

  1. First, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Start with the smallest amount of flour and add more as needed.*/**

  2. Add the water and mix everything with a wooden spoon. Add more flour if it’s too wet.**

  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and put in a place where the dough can rest.

  4. Let rise for min 8 hours till up to 24 hours.

  5. Put a piece of parchment paper on your workspace and dust it generously with flour.

  6. ‘Pour’ the dough on the dusted parchment paper. Try to shape it in a round form. I use the dough scraper and kind of fold the edges.

  7. Let the dough rest like that for about an hour.

  8. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 220°C.

  9. Place, halfway the rising time, a cast iron pan/casserole in the oven. The pan needs to be really hot.

  10. On the dough, you will see air bubbles have formed. That’s a good thing!

  11. Take the pan out of the oven (don’t forget your oven mitts!), carefully lift the parchment paper with the dough and place it in the hot pan.

  12. Put the lid on the pan, put the pan back in the oven and let it bake (lid closed) for 30 minutes.

  13. Take the lid off the pan and let bake for another 15 minutes or until the top has reached a nice golden colour.

  14. Carefully take the bread out of the oven and let cool.

Recipe Notes

*I’ve put a very wide margin for the flour in the recipe, as the exact amount of flour very much depends on the type of flour and even the brand you’re using. I’ve noticed that spelt flour is much heavier than regular flour. For a bread with regular AP flour, I used about 375 - 425 g of flour. With my last spelt bread, I used 525 g flour.

**The dough doesn’t have to reach a ‘dry’ state, where your hands don’t stick anymore. Sticky is fine, as you are not going to knead it.

6 Comments

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    Elise Campanario

    November 6, 2019

    Ik heb een te kleine oven voor een pan

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      Nicole

      November 6, 2019

      Hoi Elise, dat is echt jammer! Kan de pan in de breedte er niet in of wordt het met deksel te hoog? Als het de hoogte met deksel is zou je kunnen proberen de pan met zilverfolie af te dekken (let op je vingers, want pan is loeiheet!). Is het de breedte, dan wordt het echt lastig. Geen idee of een hoge ovenschaal zou werken, maar is wellicht de moeite waard om te proberen.

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    Annemiek

    May 14, 2020

    Ik zag de mooie foto van het brood, en heb het recept gisteren eens uitgeprobeerd.
    Wat ik me afvraag: heb jij echt 1 volle theelepel (dus 4 gram) droge gist gebruikt? En het deeg echt 8 tot 24 uur op kamertemperatuur laten rijzen?
    Bij mij zakte het deeg namelijk na een uur of 4 tot 6 al in, toen was het al in volume verdriedubbeld, en als het eenmaal uitgerezen is dan wil het ook tijdens de tweede rijs of ovenrijs niet meer rijzen. Het brood was uiteindelijk dus niet gaar en ik heb het helaas weg moeten gooien.

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      Nicole

      May 14, 2020

      Hoi Annemiek, wat spijtig! Ik heb het brood al zo vaak gemaakt en het is nog geen enkele keer mislukt. Ik gebruik een maatlepel en dan afgestreken, dus geen ‘hoopje’ bovenop de lepel. Meestal maak ik het deeg ‘s avonds en bak het brood ergens gedurende de dag erop, dus dan staat het vaak 12-16 uur. Ik zet het bovenop de kast, dan komt er zeker niemand aan en staat het ook niet op de tocht.

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    Hanneke

    May 28, 2020

    Sinds de lockdown ben ik één van de velen die zelf brood is gaan bakken volgens de no knead methode en ben nu een enthousiaste thuisbakker. Ik heb op youtube veel recepten gevonden en gebruik ook regelmatig zeer warm water zodat het deeg al na drie uur goed is gerezen en de oven in kan, makkelijk als je bijv. bij de avond maaltijd vers brood wil serveren. Ook heb ik onlangs een roestvrijstalen pan gebruikt wat ook prima gaat alleen is de baktijd dan iets langer. Heel leuk om het nu ook op een nederlandse website terug te vinden, dank je wel!

    • Reply

      Nicole

      May 28, 2020

      Wat een leuke reactie! Ik ben ook helemaal fan van de no-knead methode 🙂

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