I make this bread several times a week. It is very easy to make with only four ingredients and requires very little time. A few minutes for each loaf. The cost of the materials is also very low less than $0.40 a loaf. The fact it is 100% whole wheat means it packs more nutrition than a standard loaf. My wife used to hate bread until I made this for her. She eats my bread regularly now.
The texture and flavor of this delicious bread has spoiled me. Other breads just don’t compare. I’ve used with recipe for bread, buns, and pizza dough. It’s very flexible. My favorite is the peasant loaf described below sprinkled with a variety of seeds/grain just prior to baking. It also goes great with apple butter.
Don’t be intimidated by the list of steps. It really is easy!
- Measure the flour into a large bowl.
- Put the yeast on one side and the salt on the other.
- Pour in the warm water and stir until everything is mixed together.
- Seal with a silicon mat or plastic wrap and put a plate on the top of the bowl.
- Let sit for 12 to 24 hours. I like to put mine on the counter or on top of the fridge. I find longer tastes better.
- Open the bowl and pull the dough out carefully to avoid damaging the gluten fibers and yeast gas pockets. Fold in half and place back in the bowl. Replace plate without the silicon or plastic.
- Let sit for another hour or two.
- Pre-heat oven to 450oF with a cast iron dutch oven inside for at least 30 minutes.
- Optionally sprinkle some corn meal into the pot before carefully placing the dough into the dutch oven.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
- Turn off oven and remove cover. Leave dough in the pot in oven for another 8 minutes or so.
- Remove bread and let cool on a wire rack.
Makes: One 1.5 pound loaf.
Inspired by the many no-knead bread recipes including: