Thursday, 4 June 2015

Daily Bread

I first heard of No Knead Bread some years ago through an American blogger friend who made this bread fairly frequently.

About two years ago I decided to have a go and emulate my friends baking.  After all if she could do it, I was sure that I could too.  All of my supplies were gathered.  My real life American Measuring Cups and Spoons exactly the same sort of bowl that my friend used and a very similar cast iron pot to cook it in.

I measured and mixed and left the dough to do its thing.  Which, to give it it's due it did.  Well.  Kind of did.  After following the instructions and the allotted time I baked my bread.  Fail!

The loaf tasted nice enough, but oh gosh, it was as flat as a pancake.  Well, perhaps not that flat, but it wasn't the nicely rounded risen ball of bread that my friend made.  You could not say that I had successfully baked a loaf of any sort of bread.  Let alone No Knead Bread.

I put everything away and forgot about it and returned to buying bread.

Fast forward to now.  I decided recently that I wanted to bake more.  As part of my baking quest I wanted to tackle this bread again.  Having remembered that Lucy had great success I went back and found her recipe for this bread which was worked by weight.  Not cups.

This time the dough looked far more dough like.  When it had spent its time sitting in the bowl it behaved and looked more like bread.

I baked it and lo and behold it looked like bread!  A nicely rounded ball of bread!


This loaf wasn't perfect though.  There was a dry bit in the dough as it rose.  I don't think that I mixed it properly.  Next time I might add a little more water if it seems dry.  I will also not cover the dough with clingfilm for the second rise as I found that the dough stuck to the clingfilm meaning that I had to fiddle with it another time and I don't think it liked that.


You can see here that I covered it with clingfilm and then put the bowl over it.  With hindsight I would have just used the bowl.


So the result is some success, but not yet perfect. 


I will be making this again, a little wetter perhaps and also perhaps with just a touch more salt.  What I learned most of all is not to give up and to keep trying and experimenting.  I might also give some kneaded bread a go as well.  Just so that I can compare you understand.  It isn't because I am looking for an excuse to break out my mixers dough hook.  Much.

Here's to more baking experiments!

Amy

58 comments:

  1. A lovely looking loaf of bread Amy well done for persevering, I have never tried a no-knead bread but may have to give it a go now :-)

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  2. We bought a Panasonic bread maker a couple of years ago, since then I have made bread if not every day but most, certainly better than the sliced stuff you get

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  3. It's worth sticking with it because home made bread tastes so wonderful - and makes the best toast! Your loaf looks lovely from here ... wanders off to the kitchen to find the flour ... xx

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  4. Congrats because it's not easy to make bread ! here that's my husband who makes it I'm not able. I have to get gluten free bread-I have celiac disease- and we don't find any in shops or bakeries so we have to bake it but I don't success. My husband makes a delicious bread. Yours looks so scrummy ...

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  5. I definitely plan to start baking more bread this looks like a good starter recipe!

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  6. I love make bread Amy and this look wonderful and beat is delicious@:))

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  7. It looks good. I love this kind of bread. I blogged something similar myself not long ago. I can't say I've ever had a problem with the cling film sticking but I flour it well so that must help. I also put my dough on greaseproof paper and use that to lift it into the pot. Keep trying. It's a great recipe. X

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  8. I tried the no knead bread and failed miserably; yours looks lovely, I might have another go. There's nothing like home baked bread and the aroma that fills the house. Enjoy the rest of the week Amy xx

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  9. It looks great Amy, all crunchy and soft in the middle. Yum!

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  10. I've been making bread regularly for 35 years, ever since I was a student and if I wanted to eat proper bread I had to make it, and I always knead by hand for 10 minutes. You are left with a dough that is soft and not sticky and comes away from the bowl clean and leaves the work surface clean. Lucy's method may save kneading but you will spend that time and more washing up a very sticky bowl, cleaning a very sticky work surface and sweeping the floor. I have a bowl of dough in the fridge as I write proving for tonight's home-made pizza. 10 minutes to make the dough, two minutes to roll it out very thinly and dress with proscuitto, taleggio, artichoke hearts, asparagus, tomatoes, basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. Into a very hot oven for 10 minutes, serve with home-grown salad. Now that is what I call fast food and I get a great loaf too. Blogland is full of short cuts that aren't. The old ways are usually the best ways! But I guess it's in our nature to experiment so carry on enjoying your bread-making journey Amy.

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  11. Drooling, looks amazing Amy

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  12. Oh it does look good, Amy. Yummm! :o)

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  13. Dear Amy
    Congratulations on your bread! Even if you don't think it is perfect, I'm sure it is 100% better than shop bought. I love the clover bowl too - pyrex, I'm thinking? I bought some similar not so long ago with a gooseberry pattern in duck egg blue - just gorgeous!
    I'm sure you'll master the recipe.
    Bets wishes
    Ellie

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  14. It looks pretty perfect to me! x

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  15. It looks delicious Amy. If I ever cover dough with clingfilm I always lightly oil the clingfilm first so it doesn't stick. Otherwise it's impossible to get off. CJ xx

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  16. Your bread looks very tasty, Amy. I'm lucky as my husband makes all our bread and it is something he really enjoyes doing and finds very soothing and theraputic to do. I hope you try more recipes as the end result is well worth it. Keep baking:)

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  17. Well done you for not giving up. I am afraid I cheat and use a bread making machine, it is so easy without the worry and can be left to do its own thing while I spend time doing what I want to do.

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  18. We often make that bread recipe, I've got some in the oven right now. What we do differently is just mix it up the night before and then put it straight into a loaf tin in the morning. Means we get bread that is perfect for cutting into sandwiches for the children's lunchboxes. Plus it's amazing toasted

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  19. Ooh I'm ashamed to say I've never used my dough hooks!! I use my bread making machine nearly every day and I love it. My recipe uses vitamin c powder to help with the rise, you can buy Dove Farm powder from Waitrose. Your bread looks lovely Amy, save me a slice :-) xx

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  20. I think you are right that the secret of success is to keep trying Amy, particularly with bread. I can make a simple white loaf, but I daren't make it too often, as I can eat a whole loaf in a day, it's so nice! X

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  21. I love this no knead bread, it comes out so crusty and is perfect for toasting.

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  22. If you don't at first succeed and all that......The bread looks yummy. I come from a baking family, but actually tend to make cakes here in the UK more than yeast-related food - a reaction from our pizzeria business days in Italy, I think. Must go away and do something about that, inspired by your post, Amy. Home made bread is so much tastier than shop bought.

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  23. It looks delicious. I love baking bread, it just feels so homely.

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  24. I recommend Richard Bertinet's book 'Dough' which comes with a cd. It's not no-knead but his instructions are clear and easy to follow. Good luck with your bread-making experiments. S x

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  25. It looks scrummy! I've never made bread by hand before and always cheated with the breadmaker. I don't think its all that good though...I think making bread the proper way like you have done is the way to go. I need to try it one day! xx

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  26. I let the dough hook on the Chef take the strain and go off and do something else for 10 minutes. Home made is 100 times nicer than bought and has less yeast so doesn't give me a stomach ache

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  27. Well it certainly looks wonderful from your pictures. I'm sure that third time round will be a 100% success :)

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  28. Well done for even trying. You could try putting some oil on the cling film before you put over it that way it won't stick. It's a tip from one of my books and one that works. Looks very nice and lets face it none of us is perfect so why would our bread be.

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  29. It still looks good, what's up with you? :) I can't wait to start baking again x

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  30. Looks pretty darn good to me. I'm sure it's quite tasty toasted with a bit of jam. Enjoy!

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  31. I love trying new things, but for bread, I'll probably stick with the tried and true recipes from my grandmother.

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  32. My daughter makes something very similar to this, or at least it looks so. She mixes it, rises it and bakes it in a cast iron pot and it's very good. Bread is always iffy for me because I don't make it near as often since we are empty nesters. And I love to eat bread! You bread looks good!

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  33. Wow, it looks so delicious, that crust!!

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  34. Your bread looks quite good! Back when I was eating wheat I used to make a bread similar to this. I wouldn't recommend adding more water. Just be extra careful next time to be sure all the flour is mixed in. It's easy to miss a patch of it. Also, to keep the clingfilm from sticking you can use a bit of cooking spray oil.

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  35. Oh Amy it does look good & hopefully next time it will be perfect! I never made regular bread before! Thanks for stopping by & leaving the sweet comment on my coaster!

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  36. That's a great looking crust on it!

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  37. This looks so good, Amy. Now I want to start baking as well :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  38. I had never heard of that - no knead bread !! I must look for it, if it is also sold here !!

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  39. Just got home from vacation and I'm trying to get caught up on reading blogs. Love your sunflowers. I love home made bread, but hate the fuss of mix and rise, so I bought a bread maker about 6 years ago and make all of our bread that way and I love it.

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  40. There's nothing like fresh baked bread and so many delicious ways to make it :-) To me as long as it's preservative free, it's good, lol. Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  41. Your bread looks great! My husband made bread yesterday, I will post about it tomorrow and add the recipe. I hope you'll try his, it's outstanding! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  42. Way to go for being persistent and baking that bread. One of these days I might tackle some, perhaps in the winter when the call of the garden isn't so strong.

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  43. Well done for persevering. Good work.Jo x

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  44. It looks a lovely open texture, and that it would be good toasted!

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  45. If at first you don't succeed.... buy a breadmaker ;-)

    But it does look good!

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  46. Yum, your bread looks delicious. I've seen Lucy's posts about the bread and meant to have a go. Now I've seen it successfully done by you too, i really must give it a go. x

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  47. I have had this kind of bread pinned for forever, yet have never made it. It looks like a good crusty, artisan sort of bread. You are good to keep trying. Once I've had an epic fail, I quit. You should see the Santas Caps I made one Christmas...nightmare!

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  48. Oh I make this delicious bread all the time. I got it from an American blog and when I posted it I had made her suggestion of Rosemary, Chive and Thyme bread, now that it delicious with homemade soup. Yours looks just right, I think that it how it is meant to be. Lovely! X

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  49. Good for you going back for another try! When you go for the second rising oil the inside of the bowl and that will help it to not stick to the bowl. I've tried oiling the cling film as well and it still stick to it, hence I guess why they call it cling film, lol!
    Great job... I can smell the baked bread all the way over here!
    Hugs,
    Beth

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  50. This looks delicious and crusty!!

    Cheers, Sandra

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  51. I very much LOVE the aroma of bread baking in the oven. Mmmmm.

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  52. One thing I can bake is bread. Cookies and cakes fall flat...but I can make a kneaded or non knead bread any day. My father made me make him bread from scratch one summer. I had to make him a loaf every week.
    By the end of the summer I was a pro. I use a wet dishcloth over my dough in a greased bowl, to let it rise.
    My father would inspect the loaf and once cut, he would chastise me if the holes were not uniform and small. Any big bubbles meant I had rushed through a kneading cycle. The bread took 5 hours to make from start to finish. My father was ridiculously strict but baking bread is ONE good thing that came from his craziness.
    Perhaps I'll make the Hungarian bread soon.

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  53. i am guessing i need to click "Lucy" to get the recipe ... that sounds delicious!! i love bread. any thing homemade is so so special. warms my heart. maybe it is due to the rain outside. it has been raining for 3 days i am ready for some sun please. i made homemade oatmeal cookies last night. it was the 1st time i did a recipe that made me chill the cookie dough 1st before i made them in the oven. new to me. fun. they are delicious!! ( :

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  54. Well done with sticking with it and baking bread again. Your house would have been filled with the good aromas!

    Karen

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  55. That crust looks PERFECT. I do love me some crusty bread and butter! YUM!

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  56. Your bread looks good!! I'm glad you're working out your little problems with it. My mom baked bread all the time, and never ever bought it. She kneaded hers and I took a photo of her making bread one time when I was young. For some reason I knew that I wanted to remember her making that bread, and I'm so glad I took the photo of her rolling that dough back and forth on the counter top. There's something nostalgic about making your own bread. Good luck with the next round Amy!
    Wendy

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  57. A beautiful loaf my friend! You did awesome...I could just reach right on through and eat a slice!! Here is to baking bread!! Happy almost Friday! Nicole xoxo

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  58. Looks great! Try brushing a little oil on the cling film first and it will not stick.

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