No Need to Knead
A [virtually] mess-free, effort-free loaf.
This loaf involves no kneading, no flouring a surface - virtually no mess! It's springy and tasty - not unlike sourdough - but it is NOT sourdough!
Many thanks to Anna Newell for adding this to my world.
500g strong flour - Oddly enough, this loaf is good with virtually any flour. I like the strong flour for the final texture
2 tsp active dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar1
350ml warm water
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2 tsp yeast in 150ml warm water (roughly 150ml - whatever you use, deduct from the overall 350ml)
1 tsp sugar
Whisk up the mix to a froth, cover and leave for 10 minutes. Meanwhile...
Put the 500g flour, 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp oil in a bowl and mix them around
Add the frothy yeast mix and mix it together - I like to use the handle of a wooden spoon; it's easy to use and mixes well
Add the remaining 200ml water and mix to a gloopy dough - you don't need to add all the water, feel free to add most of it and then add more water - or more flour as you think it needs
Cover and leave for 18-24 hours
The next day you'll have a gloopy, bubbly mess
Heat the oven to 220ºC
Pour the gloop into a loaf tin, or a pot, or whatever container you think best suits your purposes, as long as it has a cover. Whether it's a tin or a pot, I line it with baking paper to stop any stickage (no - that's not a word). It is very gloopy
Put the lid on, and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes
Uncover and pop it back in for 15 minutes
Turn it out and rest on a wire rack till cool