I enjoy baking breads, all kinds of breads. As much as I love eating freshly cooked rice, I believe freshly baked bread right out of the oven is equally delicious. Kneading the bread dough with my elbow grease is one minor hesitation that I face, but I can use my mixer to do the job. However, ever since I learned about the no knead techniques to make crusty bread a few years ago, I am all for no knead breads now.
The No Knead Bread syndrome has influenced many home bakers to bake gorgeous artisan breads at home for many years. You can’t mess it up as long as you follow the instructions carefully. The total amount of actual handwork in the process is probably 5 minutes at the most, and the rest is just waiting for nature to do its job. With only flour, yeast, water, and salt… you got a delicious loaf of bread that looks just like the one you see at the bakery. It makes me feel so accomplished!
Although I love no knead white bread, I also wanted to add some healthy grain to feed my family with. Here is No Knead Bran Bread!
I used wheat bran but oat bran would be nice as well. Bran is full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, it makes hearty wholesome bread that makes you feel good and satisfied. Eat plain as is with a slab of butter or use this bread to make sandwiches. So good!
Combine flour, bran, salt, and yeast. I use instant yeast.
Mix it up with a wooden spoon.
Let the dough sit at room temperature for 2 hours. You should see some foaming, which means your yeast is alive! Cover with a lid and keep in the refrigerator from 24 hours to 48 hours.
Do you see the spiderweb-like texture? That’s a good thing to observe from the risen dough.
Dust your hand with flour and form the dough into a ball. Try to touch your dough as little as possible.
Rest the dough on a parchment paper which has been sprinkled with either cornmeal or flour. Let the dough rest for 45 minutes. No need to cover!
Put some slits in it.
Flop the whole thing in a preheated hot dutch oven. I heated my Le Creuset oven when I preheated the oven. The oven temperature is about 450˚F, very hot! Be very careful when you pull out the pot to add the dough! Cover with the lid and let it bake!
The crust is very crisp and the crumbs are so soft… I just have to slob some butter on to enjoy my warm bread. So good and satisfying!
A simple loaf of good bread brings joy to me. Good food, good people, and a good time… that’s what we are all looking for. Hope all of you are having a great time!
No Knead Bran Bread
- 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
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours at least.
- Dust your hand with flour and take the dough out of the bowl. Gently pull the dough to form a bowl. Do not overwork the dough. Place the dough on a parchment paper which has been dusted with flour or cornmeal. Dust the top of the dough with flour. Let it rest for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place a heavy dutch pot with a lid in oven Preheat the oven to 450˚F.
- Drop the dough with the parchment paper underneath attached into the hot dutch oven and Immediately cover with a lid. Bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake another 20-25 minutes.
- Take the bread our of the oven. Remove the parchment paper underneath, and let it cool on a cooling rack.