No Knead 4 Ingredient Overnight Bread Anyone Can Make

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If you love bread but aren’t a fan of kneading, this no-knead four ingredient overnight bread recipe will become your new favorite bread recipe. This bread involves four standard ingredients for bread, flour, salt, yeast and water, and you can use whatever variety of flour you prefer whether it is white flour or whole-wheat flour. Kneading is usually a necessary step to bread making because it exercises the gluten in the flour you are using, giving a soft structure to the loaf. Often if you don’t knead enough, your bread recipe will become dense. In the case of this overnight bread recipe, you are relying on the time it needs to rest, to relax the gluten and produce a fluffy loaf. This process takes a little longer than a kneaded bread, but is much more hands-off, since you mix the dough and let it sit for several hours before you have to touch it again.

Homemade bread may seem like a challenging feat, but it doesn’t have to be with the creation of no-knead bread recipes. Since bread has been made since the origins of civilization, it is surprising that the no knead bread baking method has existed for very long. In fact, the first no knead bread recipe can be traced back to 1972 when a version was published in a song collection cookbook called ‘All-Day Singin’ and Dinner on the Ground.' The most popularizing bread recipe for the no-knead method, however, didn’t come until 2006, when Mark Bittman, a New York Times' writer, spoke about Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread baking method. Bittman considered it remarkable that such a crusty, flavorful bread could be prepared with such little effort. Indeed, if you have always wondered how to make bread, this no-knead bread recipe will show you the simplest way of getting the best loaf in your home kitchen.

The most important thing to remember when making this easy bread recipe is not to rush the rising time. Tess, the author of Chef Tess Bakeresse recipe blog, tells her readers that the 10-12 hours bake time would be an appropriate amount of fermentation time if your house is consistency 70 degrees Celsius and up, but if your home is a little cooler, you may need to tack on some more time. An appropriate resting time is necessary to the taste of the loaf since this process will give the yeast time to consume the sugars in the flour, which gives the loaf tons of flavor. This process will also help produce the large bubbles in the bread that are so desirable. Most importantly, the 10-12 hours resting time will give the gluten in the dough time to forge together, which gives the dough its elasticity and texture. Once you have mastered this no-knead bread recipe, you could try making it in different shapes, like dinner rolls. You may have to bake the bread for less time to accommodate smaller amounts of dough, but this bread will be perfect as the smaller buns. Thank you to Tess, the author of Chef Tess Bakeresse recipe blog, for sharing her no knead four ingredient overnight bread recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: No Knead 4 Ingredient Overnight Bread Anyone Can Make from Chef Tess Bakeresse
Ingredients: Bread flour, salt, instant yeast or active dry yeast, water.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 160, Calories from Fat 4, Total Fat 0.4g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 467mg 19%, Potassium 49mg 1%, Carbohydrates 33.4g 11%, Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%, Sugars 0.1g, Protein 4.6g, Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 12%

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