Whether you knead the dough by hand or use a stand mixer, the bread options are endless.
On the rise, is no-knead bread (pun intended). The most important ingredient is intangible, time.
We have all learned to have a little bit more patience while we are staying safe and remaining indoors. The perfect bread that matches this atmosphere is no-knead bread, where you have to wait for a minimum of eight hours to overnight for the no-knead dough to just sit at room temperature. You have to wait for the magic to happen. No mixing, no kneading, only waiting. During this period, consider it “slow-motion kneading” where the fermentation process takes place. The yeast and enzymes are in a slow dance, slowly lining up to create the finished product of homemade fluffy artisan bread.
How to Handle Forming & Shaping the Wet No-Knead Bread Dough
The no-knead dough has a stickier consistency than kneaded dough and adding extra flour hurts the final bread product. Therefore, it is helpful to have a scraper, scraping, and keeping together the no-knead dough into a ball that sits for that first long proofing period. This helps you with the shape.
For a perfect round shape, use a bread proofing basket. After the wet dough has been sitting rising overnight, place the dough in a lightly pre-floured Benetton proofing basket. Let is sit here for about an hour and then place it in the oven for the final bake.
Want to take it up a notch?
Show off your bread making skills by letting the world know the bread is yours with your signature bread design. As your grand finale, combine the passionate worlds of bakers and artists. How? Use a simple yet unique bread stamp also called a bread stencil. With bread stenciling, everyone will know the bread was made by you with your signature imprint on every bread loaf you create.
Making Art Artisan Bread in 4 Easy Steps
The bread has already been proofed and ready for the oven. Take the bread stamp and carefully place it on top of the proofed bread dough.
Select flour or cocoa powder as your coloring agent. The color decision is based on the color of the bread you are making and the image contrast you would like to see. Add the flour into a sifter or mini strainer.
Liberally dust the top of the bread stencil to create a relatively thick and even layer of powder over the top of the bread.
Carefully remove the stencil, lifting it off the bread slowly to not disrupt the design that lay underneath the stencil.
No-Knead Bread Dough Essentials:
Multipurpose Pastry Dough Scraper
As the final step of mastering baking no-knead dough in your home, it is time to wait one final time. Place the dough in the oven and wait as the fresh bread aroma fills the air. Take the finished bread out of the oven. Enjoy the taste of freshly made bakery bread from your home. Whether it’s your first or one-hundredth time.