Friday, January 27, 2012

No-knead French Bread {Tutorial}

***I finally tried making this recipe using healthier ingredients and I wanted to report that it worked beautifully.  I used honey in-place of the sugar and coconut oil instead of Crisco.***

My sweet friend Jill gave me permission to share this yummy recipe with you.   I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Step 1} Mix 1/2 cup warm water, 4 1/2 tsp. yeast, 1 T honey or sugar.  Mix and let stand for 5 - 10 min.

Step 2} Mix 1/4 cup honey or sugar, 2 tsp. salt, 2 T. coconut oil or another hard oil like crisco, 1 cup of boiling water.  Stir until everything is dissolved.   Then add 1 cup of cold water.

Step 3} Combine step 1 and step 2.  Mix well and add 3 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour.   Mix well and add 3 1/4 cups more of all-purpose flour.  You should use a total of 6 1/2 cups of flour.  SIDE NOTE:  I have used half all-purpose and half whole wheat before.  If tastes fine but doesn't rise as well.

Step 4} Once everything is mixed well, cover with a tea towel and let rise for an hour, punching down every 10 minutes if needed.

Step 5}  Shape into three long loaves and place on lightly greased sheets.  Take a butter knife and slash diagonal slits in the top of the loaves.  Cover with a tea towel once more and set in a warm place to rise for 20 - 30 min.

Step 6} Bake in oven at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes.  Brush with melted butter when you bring them out.

Step 7} Enjoy!!!

Step 8}  We only use one loaf at a time, unless we have guest.  Once the other loaves have cooled, I place them in old bread bags and put them in the freezer.  Another way to use this bread is by making it into garlic bread.

 To make garlic bread:  cut a loaf in half length-wise.  Spread with melted butter.  Sprinkle with garlic salt and Parmesan cheese.  Place on cookie and bake in oven 350 for 10-15 min. or until it reaches desired crispness.  We tend to like ours a little soft.

And when you think this bread couldn't taste any better, you spread it with some local honey.  Yum!!!  Thank you Bayer's.

No-Knead French Bread

Step 1 :
1/2 c. warm water
4 1/2 t. yeast
1 T. honey or sugar
Mix and let stand while you work on step 2

Step 2:
1/4 c. honey or sugar
2 t. salt
2 T. coconut oil or another hard oil like Crisco - not oil
1 c. boiling water

Once everything has dissolved, add 1 c. of cold water to step 2.  In a large mixing bowl, mix together step 1 and 2.  Then add 3 1/4 c. of flour.  Once that has mixed well, add 3 1/4 c. more of flour.  Mix with a hook if you have one.  Place a tea towel over top and set in a warm place.  Let rise for 1 hour punching down every 10 min. as needed.  Take the dough and separate into 3 - 4 equal parts.  Take each part and shape into long narrow loaves and place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Then take a table knife and make slashes in the tops of the loaves.  Cover loaves with towel and place in a warm area to rise for 20-30 min.  Bake in oven at 350 for 20-30 min.  Brush with melted butter when you bring them out.  Enjoy!
Linking up with - The Becoming Kitchen, Artful Homemaking


kelly said...

yum yum!! thank you, jenn! i am definitely gonna try this one! =)

Jenn said...

Making this with beef stew tonight! Thanks so much!

Kim said...

The boys all said this recipe was a "keeper"!!

I like that it is so simple that Josh or Noah can help me whip it up in no time.

Thanks for sharing,

Suzanne said...

I made this to go with our dinner tonight. Great recipe! Thanks, Jennie!

The Adams Family said...

I use a no knead recipe for our wheat bread and roll recipe too! I got my recipe from an amish gal; I love it!

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Julie said...

This bread looks amazing! I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with us at The Becoming Kitchen!

Joy said...

This looks like a great recipe! Thanks so much for linking it up at Artful Tuesdays! Your blog is lovely, and I'm your newest follower. :)