2 loaf tins
Sharp knife or scissors
Tray, board or work surface
Makes 2 loaves
800g malted brown flour
200g wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon dried yeast
670ml warm water
Olive or other oil
1 teaspoon salt
Semolina or flour for dusting tins
Pour 670 ml of warm (tepid not hot) water into large bowl
Add 1 teaspoon of dry yeast
Swirl bowl to mix yeast
Add 200g wholemeal flour and 800g organic malted brown flour
Add teaspoon of salt
Stir with wooden spoon to mix – ensuring no dry flour sits at base of bowl. This may take a minute to ensure no dry flour remains at the base of the bowl
Scrape mix down sides of bowl with spatula
Swirl a little oil around edges of dough. This allows dough to rise up sides of bowl without sticking
Cover with tea towel and a plate to seal
Leave for 12 to 14 hours at normal room temperature. Yeast is killed with heat so don’t be tempted to put it somewhere very warm.
When the dough has risen, prepare your loaf tins by dusting with semolina or flour. Semolina gives a nice crunch and can be used on top of the loaves too
I flip my dough out onto an oiled stainless steel tray. The dough is a little sticky t this point
Lift and fold into a block – just so you can divide it in half
Divide into 2
Lift the dough and stretch into oblong
Fold like an envelope – top third over middle, then bottom third over middle
Repeat a couple more times to stretch the dough a bit.
Lift and drop into loaf tin previously dusted with flour or semolina
Leave for 2 hours in a draught free spot, covered with a tea towel.
To test if the dough is ready, press with a finger, if it springs back, the dough is ready – if it holds the finger mark leave another 10 minutes or so.
Prepare oven about 20 minutes before this
Heat to 230/240 degrees C
As soon as the oven is ready, score each loaf not too deeply and at an angle, with sharp knife or scissors.
Then into the hot oven – adding a cup of water to the tray at the bottom of the oven at this point is beneficial
Close oven and set timer for 15 minutes. Check it is not browning too rapidly.
After this time lower the heat to 210 degrees – depending on how much the loaves are browning
Set timer for 25 minutes
Remove baked loaves from oven and onto a rack to cool
If you leave them to cool almost completely this allows the moisture in the bread to spread evenly throughout the whole loaf
This slow, no knead method works for almost any bread recipe I have yet tried
This loaf also freezes well. Slice it before freezing if you just want a couple of fresh slices to eat