One positive thing this pandemic did for me; it pushed me to learn how to make bread, smile. I always loved bread, who doesn’t? The problem is that I was scared to try a recipe and come out with a rock. So, I did research and after several trials, I finally found the recipe that was easy and do not require any knead. It is Chuck No Knead Whole Wheat Bread and I am going to post it for you today. I have been making it for about 2 years now, weekly!
Approx. Prep and Cook Time: Couple of HOURS
Approximate Cost: $4.80
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Allergens, Other: CONTAINS GLUTEN AND SEEDS
Servings: Yield: One - 5x9 loaf mold.
3 cup very warm water @ under 110 degrees (0)
1 Tbsp. dry active yeast @ room temperature (.50)
1 Tbsp. sugar (.10)
1 Tbsp. Angie’s Basting Olive Oil (I added my basting instead of plain oil) (.40)
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider vinegar (I only use Apple Cider Vinegar) (.10)
3 cup white flour ($1.50)
2 ½ cup – 3 cup Whole Wheat Flour ($1.50)
1 Tbsp. coarse salt (.10)
¼ c. Seeds such as sunflower, sesame, etc. (.60)
1. Mix together in your large bread making bowl the yeast, sugar and water. Wait a few minutes till yeast starts to work then add vinegar and oil. (I wait 10 minutes)
2. Add the white flour cup by cup stirring well after each addition then the salt. Then add the whole wheat flour, cup by cup stirring well after each addition.
Finally, ADD THE SEED AND MIX WELL. This dough will still be a little bit wet and spongy.
3. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 – 40 minutes or until it has doubled in size. (I wait at least 45 minutes)
4. Using a big spatula, spoon out into or pour into a well-greased 9x5 loaf pan. Using your fingers if needed, water your hands and press the sides down, helping to create the perfect loaf shape. (do not knead)
5. With a knife make 2 or 3 diagonal shallow incisions in the loaves.
6. If you want, top with your favorite herbs or spices, for a savory loaf sprinkle with steak spice.
7. Bake the loaf for 50 minutes @ 375 degrees F or until it is golden brown and crusty on top and sound hollow when tapped on the underside.
8. Let sit if you can wait, for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving with butter.
My Link: Angie’s Basting Olive Oil: www.angieslifehacks.com/cuisine/the-flavor-series-recipe-2-angies-basting-olive-oil
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