This bran bread recipe, created with the no-knead method and baked in a Dutch oven, results in a hearty and artisan-style loaf with minimal effort.

No Knead Bran Bread is baked beautifully in a dutch oven.

Baking breads is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen – I just love all kinds of bread! As much as I adore freshly cooked rice, there’s something about the smell and taste of freshly baked bread right out of the oven that’s just unbeatable.

Discovering the no-knead technique for making crusty bread was a game-changer for me. Making delicious and beautiful loaves of bran bread with minimal effort is now a breeze, and I no longer have to worry about sore arms from kneading dough.

No Knead Bran Bread shows a good crumb texture.

Benefits of Bran bread

Bran bread is a type of bread made from whole wheat flour and wheat bran, which is the outer layer of the wheat kernel. This type of bread offers several benefits that make it a great choice for those looking to improve their health and nutrition.

  • High in fiber, which promotes healthy digestion, helps with weight management, and keeps you feeling full.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and zinc, which are essential for maintaining good health and bodily functions.
  • Can help control blood sugar levels due to its slow digestion, making it a good choice for those with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes.
  • Delicious and versatile, making it a great addition to any diet. Can be enjoyed as toast, used as a base for sandwiches, or served alongside soups and stews for a hearty meal.
This no knead bran bread recipe bakes perfectly in a dutch oven.

5 Reasons for No-Knead Bran Bread

The bran bread recipe, when made with the no-knead method, offers several advantages over traditional kneading methods. Some of the benefits of using the no-knead method for making this bread include:

  1. It’s easier and less time-consuming than traditional kneading methods.
  2. It produces a more rustic artisanal-style bread with a crusty exterior and open crumb.
  3. It requires fewer specialized tools than traditional bread-making methods.
  4. It’s forgiving and allows for mistakes and inconsistencies in the dough.
  5. It’s versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of healthy ingredients.

Only 5 ingredients needed

With just 5 easy-to-find ingredients in this bran bread recipe, you can create a tasty and nutritious loaf of bread that’s perfect for breakfast, sandwiches, or to serve alongside your favorite soups and stews.

  • Bread Flour: A high-protein flour that gives the bread structure and a chewy texture.
  • Wheat Bran or Oat Bran: A nutritious addition to the bread that adds fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Yeast: The leavening agent that helps the bread rise and gives it a light and airy texture.
  • Salt: Adds flavor and helps to regulate the fermentation process.
  • Water: The liquid that hydrates the flour and activates the yeast.

With these simple ingredients and a few basic kitchen tools, you’ll be on your way to making delicious and nutritious bran bread in no time!

How to make bran bread with no-knead method

Add instant yeast to the dry ingredient in a bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread flour, wheat bran or oat bran, salt, instant yeast, and water.

No knead bran bread only requires a quick mixing with a spoon.

Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed.

Let the bran bread dough rise for 24-48 hour in the refrigerator.

Let the dough sit at room temperature for 2 hours, or until you see some foaming on the surface, which indicates that the yeast is active.

Well risen bran bread show spider web-like texture.

Cover the mixing bowl with a lid and transfer it to the refrigerator. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. During this time, the dough will rise and develop a spiderweb-like texture on the surface.

Take a portion of the dough and form into a ball.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 450°F and place a dutch oven inside to heat up as well. Be careful when removing the hot pot from the oven.

Dust the dough ball with extra flour for the second rise.

While the oven and pot are preheating, dust your hands with flour and shape the risen dough into a ball. Try to handle the dough as little as possible.

Give a dough crisscross slits.

Line the dutch oven with parchment paper and sprinkle it with either cornmeal or flour. Transfer the dough ball to the dutch oven and make some slits on the surface.

Put the bran bread dough on the parchment paper into a preheated dutch oven.

Cover the dutch oven with its lid and bake the bread in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

Once the bread is done, carefully remove it from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy your delicious no-knead bran bread!

Well baked bread has a hollow sound when tapped with a finger.

No-knead bran bread has a crisp and crunchy crust, while the crumb is dense, moist, and chewy. The wheat or oat bran adds a nutty and slightly sweet flavor to the bread.

Serving suggestions

To serve no-knead bran bread, slice it into thick pieces and toast it lightly. You can enjoy it as is, or pair it with some butter or jam for a simple breakfast or snack.

Alternatively, you can use the bread to make a hearty sandwich, or serve it as a side to a soup or salad. The bread also goes well with savory spreads like hummus or pâté.

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A loaf of no-knead bran bread is baked in a dutch oven.

Bran Bread Recipe (No-Knead Method)

Bran bread made using the no-knead method in a Dutch oven yields a hearty and artisan-style loaf with minimal effort. Makes 1 loaf.
5 from 2 ratings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran or oat bran
  • 2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons warm water

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread flour, wheat bran or oat bran, salt, instant yeast, and water. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 2 hours, or until you see some foaming on the surface, which indicates that the yeast is active.
  • Cover the mixing bowl with a lid and transfer it to the refrigerator. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. During this time, the dough will rise and develop a spiderweb-like texture on the surface.
  • When you're ready to bake, preheat your oven to 450°F and place a dutch oven inside to heat up as well. Be careful when removing the hot pot from the oven.
  • While the oven and pot are preheating, dust your hands with flour and shape the risen dough into a ball. Try to handle the dough as little as possible. Line the dutch oven with parchment paper and sprinkle it with either cornmeal or flour. Transfer the dough ball to the dutch oven and make some slits on the surface.
  • Cover the dutch oven with its lid and bake the bread in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.
  • Once the bread is done, carefully remove it from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy your delicious no-knead bran bread!
Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 147mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.003mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg
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