Wholesome bread is mostly made out of whole grains and sourdough. But not everyone favors sourdough for its taste and the amount of work it does to keep it going. Here is a good alternative to sourdough bread. It has the benefit of a long-rising period and uses very little yeast. I especially like the simplicity of it, and we all like the taste. I am okay with making fancy bread now and then, but since I bake all of our bread, it has to be simple!
The recipe idea comes from a no-knead bread, but I wanted it to be a whole-grain bread and, if possible, even simpler. It took me quite some time to figure it out, but it worked. What you see here IS a simple whole-grain, no-knead bread recipe that really works. If you are familiar with no-kneed bread, make sure to read the instructions because, in my experience, the whole grain acts differently than white flour.
We have been baking this bread for many years and haven’t gotten tired of it. It is simple, nourishing, and delicious.
Why whole grain
Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including antioxidants, B vitamins, protein, fiber, and trace minerals (copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc). We were introduced to whole grains by a medical doctor who shared with us his healing story of using bread from a local bakery that baked all the bread using freshly ground flour.
Freshly ground whole grain flour is also much superior in taste to anything you can buy off the shelf. The taste really shows you the quality. Whole grains do not last, it is not worth it to buy whole grain flour in store. You have to grind it yourself to get all the goodies and the great taste.
In order to be able to make whole grain bread that is not just yummy and comforting but also contains all the nutrients, we needed a grain mill. We went for the Fidibus 21 Grain Mill and have loved it ever since. See also why we like our Wolfgang Fidibus 21 Grain Mill.
For our daily bread, we like to use Spelt. We have had the best results with Spelt. However, you can use whatever grain you like and find all these grains at Breadtopia, click on the picture, and it will lead you to the grain shop.
If you think you have issues with gluten, switching all grains, lentils, and legumes to organic might resolve your ongoing stomach issues. The problem is often not the gluten but the chemicals in conventional grains.
Note: The dough should be moist, more than usual bread dough, and you should be able to mix it easily with a spoon. 4 cups of water work perfect for me, however, the amount may vary in a different climate. Add 3 first, and see how much you will need. Measure and take notes so you know exactly how much you need next time.
Cover with plastic or a lid (so it does not dry out) and leave for 12 – 16 hours at room temperature.
Forming the loaf
My Kaiser Laforme Plus Loaf Pan does not stick at all, so I do not oil it.
But if yours sticks, please oil your baking pan first.
Oil or dust with flour on a clean surface.
Spread the dough out a bit and fold it to fit into the baking form. I usually fold it a few times and then roll it to a loaf.
Lately, I actually do it just in my hands, so there is no working space to clean.
Let it rise for 1 -2 hours till about double in size.
Please place it in a cold oven, turn on the heat to 400 F, and set the timer for 1 hour …
… and it comes out great every time. Yummy!!!
- For 2 loafs (4" x 10")
- 1050 grams = 37.0377 ounces of freshly ground whole grain flour (I use spelt, but any grain works).
- ½ – teaspoon SAF instant yeast: SAF yeast simply works best.
- 1 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
- 4 cups room temperature water (See note in the article)
- Mix dry ingredients together in a big bowl.
- Add the water and mix well; you do not have to knead.
- Cover with plastic or lid (so it does not dry out) and leave for 12 – 16 hours at room temperature.
- Forming the loaf: Put a bit of oil and gently place the dough on a clean surface; do not disturb the texture too much.
- Spread it out and fold it to fit into the baking form. I usually fold it twice and then roll it to a loaf.
- Let it rise for 1 -2 hours.
- Place it in a cold oven, turn on the heat to 400 F, and set the timer for 1 hour.
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