Amazingly Fast, No-knead Brown Bread

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My bread baking world keeps getting seriously shaken up. I am baffled by this recipe. Not only is there no kneading, but it only rises once, and only for 30 min. And it’s delicious too! Crazy. I still like the art of making and kneading sourdough, but this is a nice trick to have for lazy days. I got this recipe from Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Cooking. According to her, the wetness of the dough lets it rise faster. And of course the large amount of yeast helps :)
It has a delicious flavor of whole wheat with sesame and molasses. Tasty tasty.

Ingredients
3 cups whole wheat flour (we used a mix of spelt and bread flour, with a little wheat germ)
1 1/2 tsp salt
I tsp molasses
1 tbs yeast
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
Oil to grease pan
Sesame and sunflower seeds (optional)

Makes one loaf

-Preheat oven to 450f.
-In a small bowl, mix the molasses and yeast with 1/2c of the water and let sit until frothy.
-Mix flour with salt and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
-Add the yeast mixture and the rest of the water to the flour and mix.
-Grease a loaf pan and put the dough in it. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds and cover with a towel.
-Let rise 20-30 min or until the dough is a little bellow the rim of the loaf pan.
-Put the loaf in the oven, bake for 20 min, then turn down the heat to 400f and bake another ~30 min. When it is done, it will sound hollow when you take it out and thump it on the bottom.

20130311-194928.jpg the yeast happily frothing away

20130311-195012.jpg the dough in the pan, ready to rise

20130311-195042.jpg after 30 min, read to bake

20130311-195145.jpg and here we are!

20130311-195235.jpg this turned out very crusty. Mmmm, delicious :)

Who knew bread could be so easy?
-Celia

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