Fresh home made no knead bread

I got to meet the green goddess herself last week. Was really wonderful to meet Wendyl Nissen in the flesh; she was super friendly and a very powerful woman who definitely demands your attention (I can see why she has been so successful in all her chosen paths in life). Wendyl gave me a personally signed copy (actually I cheekily asked her for a copy) of her wonderful new book Mother’s Little Helper to review. There is a super easy recipe in there for no knead bread so I thought I would give it a go.
3 cups white flour (for wholemeal use 1 cup wholemeal flour and 2 cups white flour)
¼ tsp granulated yeast
1¼ tsp salt
1½ to 2½ cups of water depending on flour used
Mix the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Pour the water in slowly and stir until you have a sticky; not stiff; dough. Cover with a tea towel and put it in a warm place for 12 to 24 hours. I put mine on top of the fridge. The dough is ready to use when you lift the tea towel and see the surface is bubbly.
Thickly cover a work area (I used a wooden chopping board) with flour then tip the dough onto the board. Cover with more flour then fold flour through dough. Cover with a tea towel and leave for 15 minutes.
Shape the dough and place inside a floured tea towel. Put dough in a warm place for two hours so it can double in size.
Half an hour before the dough is ready put a 2L casserole pot or Dutch oven (I used a heavy cast-iron pot with a lid which belonged to my Oma so it truly is a Dutch oven) into a hot oven at 230oC. When the dough is ready, take the pot out of the oven and put the bread in. Put the lid on the pot and put in the oven for 15 minutes then cook for a further 15 minutes without the lid on until the bread is brown.
Our bread was yummy eventhough I seriously messed this recipe up. I use 3 cups of wholemeal flour and no white flour. I also actually forgot to do rise the bread for 2 hours despite all this the bread was still yummy. I guess this is a very forgiving recipe. Will definitely make this again soon. Might follow the recipe correctly this time too! Enjoy. 

Update: I made this bread “correctly” yesterday. My friends who were round were impressed with how super easy and really yummy this bread is! I am a total convert to homemade bread. Will be making this again regularly!
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5 thoughts on “Fresh home made no knead bread

  1. September 25, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Wow, well done, I really wanted to meet her too but I dont know when shes in AKL, I love homemade bread, even better without the breadmaker!

  2. September 25, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I know Wendyl was just wonderful to meet. You’ll love her. Check out the green goddess website which will let you know when she is talking near you. I’ve never made bread before and always thought it was too hard to make without a breadmaker but this recipe is so super easy and you only need four ingredients. Definitely worth giving it a go.

  3. September 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    No knead bread is fabulous. LOVE the crunch.

  4. September 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

    This is my favorite go to recipe for bread. After I made this the first time I was hooked…so simple I very seldom ever make traditional bread anymore. I make it with all whole wheat since that’s what I keep on hand and my family is accustomed to whole wheat but a mixture of wheat and white would produce a lighter texture. So good!

  5. September 29, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Thanks Mel. I first read about no knead bread on your blog post: but I couldn’t find any oatmeal; when I do I’ll try your recipe too.
    Thanks for the tip Patti I’ll try it only with wholemeal again. You’re right not sure if I’ll buy bread again homemade bread is super rewarding, yummy and fun.