Homemade, no-knead Good Whisk Bread part 1
May 23, 2011
Linda Watson in TOP 10, breads, no knead, quick, whole wheat

Good whisk bread is incredibly easy to make. No kneading. No bread machine, mixer, or food processor needed. You just whisk part of the ingredients together to develop the gluten that gives the dough the structure needed to rise. My video shows you how do to the only tricky part: how to shape the bread dough.

Homemade bread a great bargain. It costs $1.65 per loaf using top-quality organic ingredients in 2017, just a penny or two more than it cost back in 2010.

The taste is complex and interesting for adults while still being kid-friendly. The crispy crust protects the tender inside. The texture is light but without the big holes that might let your peanut butter escape. Either bake it in batches or freeze any baked bread that you won't use within three days.

Active time: 20 minutes. Total time: four hours, plus rising at least overnight. Makes 2 loaves with about 32 slices total.

How-to Video on Making No-Knead Bread

The video below shows how to whisk the bread. Part 2 of the bread recipe has another video showing how to shape this no-knead bread. The written recipe is below the video.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour (300 grams)
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup wheat germ, untoasted (64 grams)
1 tablespoon honey (21 grams)
3 cups warm water (2 cups then 1 cup at about 110 degrees)

4 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour (480 grams)

Method

  1. Mix the dough. In a big bowl, put white-wheat flour and yeast. Stir to mix, then add salt, wheat germ, honey, and first 2 cups of water. Stir to dampen flour, then whisk or rapidly stir the batter for a minute. Swish your whisk in the remaining cup of water so you don't waste anything. Add the all-purpose flour and then last cup of water to the dough. Stir with a big spoon until all the flour is damp.

  2. Let it rise. Cover the bowl with something tight enough to keep it from drying out but loose enough that the gasses from the yeast can escape. I use a plate but any loose lid or even a piece of waxed paper would do fine. Let the dough rise for one to five hours (see Note below if the room is cold). Refrigerate the dough overnight or for up to five days. This will let the yeast work on the flour longer, making the bread taste better and rise more.

  3. Take the dough out of the bowl. When you are ready to bake the bread, grease one or two non-stick bread pans and a spatula with shortening or pan spray. Oil or flour your hands so the dough doesn't stick to them. Sprinkle a little flour on the dough, then use a serrated knife to cut it in half. Coax half the dough out of the bowl with the greased spatula. Try to keep the dough together without tearing it to preserve the progress the yeast has already made in making your dough rise. Sprinkle the other side of the dough with a little flour too. If you are only making one loaf, then return the rest to the refrigerator in the covered bowl.

  4. See part 2 for how to shape the dough, let it rise, and bake your homemade bread.

Tips and notes

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