Look at this gorgeous loaf of bread!
I've fallen in love with a new method of making and baking yeast bread. It's no-knead and the science behind it is that you can form gluten in two ways: kneading or using a very wet dough and refrigeration (allowing the amino acids to align to form gluten). The science and plethora of recipes are found in this most-excellent book, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Love, love it! I got it first from the library and, after three renewals, purchased my own copy.
The authors, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois, originally wrote the cookbook Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, but I prefer the follow-on "Healthy Bread..." version. It includes many recipes that are 100% whole wheat or whole grain, and several gluten-free. The authors also share the secret to making whole wheat bread turn out light and fluffy, and with a crunchy crust.
The general process: First, you make a very wet dough (enough for at least 2 loaves) which you let sit loosely covered in the fridge. This making process takes about 15 minutes.
When it's bread-making day, dust the surface with flour and pinch off the amount needed.
Place into a greased loaf pan or shape by hand. This is the "5 minutes" part of the plan. Let it warm for 90 minutes.
Then bake and enjoy! Allow the remaining dough to sit in the fridge until you are ready to use it, up to a week.
Perfect for tea and toast!
Have you tried no-knead yeast bread? What's your experience?