Sunday, August 21, 2011

European Crusty Plain Bread-No Knead Bread


3 cups bread flour (I like Harvest King bread flour)
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon fine table salt (or 3/4 tablespoon of kosher salt)
1 1/2 cups warm water

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Slowly add water into the bowl and at the same time use your hand to mix them. Leave about 30cc of the water aside.
3. After mixing them all together, continue to add the rest of the water. Keep on mixing them until they are not watery.
4. Prepare a bowl and put the dough in there. Use a cling wrap to cover the top. Leave it inside the microwave for 12-16 hours.
5. After it's raised, you can see a lot of bubbles

6. Spread some flour on the kitchen counter. Use a spoon to get the dough out of the bowl and place it on the counter. Spread some flour on top of the dough.
7. Use a roller to get rid of the bubbles and make a big round shape. Then fold the right side to the centre and the left side to the centre.
8. Cover it with cling wrap and let it sit for another 15 mins.

9. Make the dough round. See the pic below. You press down the dough and then turn it around and press down again until it's a round shape.
10. Prepare a container and place the round shape dough in there. Cover it with a clean cloth for 1.5 hrs.

11. When there's 30 mins remaining, put the baking tray in the oven. Preheat the oven to 430F.
12. When it's preheated, take the baking tray out. Place the dough into the tray and cover with foil. (I don't have bread making containers, so this is my method. If you do, you can go ahead and use it.)
13. Bake 30 mins. Then remove the foil and continue to bake for another 10 mins or until they become dark brown colour.

14. Take them out and let it cool first.
15. Below I'll show how to cut these type of crusty bread. (This time I also made the whole wheat crusty bread.

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