I wanted to share with you a recipe for bread that I found in Lorraine Pascales' fabulous cookbook, Baking Made Easy. I'm really enjoying Lorraine's book and I'm slowly working my way through it.
I divided the dough to make bread rolls but it works best as a full loaf of bread. As Lorraine notes it is heavier than a regular yeast bread due to the 'no knead' approach however it is a lot quicker to make. The smell of fresh bread wafting from the kitchen is one of the best ways to greet anyone into your home. This bread is very effortless to make and delivers well on the flavour.
This ‘no-need-to-knead bread’ was adapted from a 1940s recipe by healthy-eating evangelist Doris Grant, who believed white flour – and its lack of nutrients – was the enemy. Making bread one day, Doris forgot to knead it. On tasting the loaf, she discovered it had a fair taste and decided never again to bother kneading her bread.
- 225g/8oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 225g/8oz strong wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
- 1 tbsp clear honey
- 300ml/11fl oz warm water
- Vegetable oil or oil spray, for oiling
- a little milk, for brushing