Making bread without kneading it? It would appear so. I first heard of this while browsing Pinterest late one night, and when I went to learn more there were recipes for it everywhere. (The recipe is basically the same everywhere you look). It’s ridiculously easy, and takes almost no time. The result is remarkable for the tiny amount of time you are actually required to do anything. It’s five minutes to roughly mix four ingredients, leave for up to twenty-four hours, then into the oven. That is all. If that sounds too good to be true I promise it’s not. If you love freshly baked bread (and quite frankly, who doesn’t?), then please give this a go. It’s too good not to.
3 cups plain flour (I used strong bakers flour)
1 tbspn instant/dried yeast
a pinch of salt
1/1/2 cups (or 375 ml) lukewarm water
*you will need a large enamel cast iron dutch oven to bake the bread
1. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon, until it just comes together in a wet, shaggy mass. Cover with cling wrap and a tea towel, and leave for 12 to 24 hours. It needs to double in size, and there should be bubbles on the surface.
2. To cook, heat your oven to very hot, 240 C or 450 F. Put the cast iron dish inside the oven while it heats. (Without the lid).
3. While the oven heats up tip the dough from the bowl, and with floured hands shape it into a round cob shape. Make sure not to over handle it. When the oven is ready put the dough into the dutch oven, put the lid on, and bake for exactly thirty minutes.
4. After thirty minutes take the lid off, and bake uncovered for another ten to fifteen minutes to get a crunchy golden top.
5. When it’s cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool. (Then slather with good salted French butter and enjoy 😉 )