8 Grain No-Knead Bread

My family can eat bread like there’s no tomorrow.  We easily go through a loaf in a day.  So for me, baking bread is about flavor but also about economy.  I can make a loaf of hearty, flavorful, preservative-free bread for far less than it costs to buy a similar loaf at the store.

Usually we eat Country White or Honey Whole Wheat but I recently discovered a new recipe in my bread book (My No-Knead Bread Cookbook by Steve Gamelin) that we are loving: 8 Grain Bread.

It calls for King Arthur Harvest Grains Blend.  My mother-in-law made up her own version of this blend which is worth mixing up if you think you’ll be making this bread often.

Harvest Grain Blend for Bread

  • 1 cup rye flakes
  • 1 cup wheat flakes
  • 1 cup whole oat groats
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 cup barley flakes
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup poppy seed
  • 1/2 cup sesame seed
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed

Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly sealed container.

8 Grain No-Knead Bread

  • 13 ounces warm water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2/3 cup King Arthur Harvest Grains Blend
  • 3 cups bread flour
  1. Pour water into a large bowl.  Add salt, yeast and Harvest Blend.
  2. Add flour and stir to combine.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 8-24 hours.
  4. Uncover.  Scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl.  Sprinkle with flour and roll to coat the dough.
  5. Turn dough into a pan about the shape of what you will bake the bread in.  I use a long ceramic covered baker so I do this second rise in a glass loaf pan.  If you want to bake your loaf in a 2-1/2 quart ceramic dutch oven then let it rise in an 8-inch skillet.  Cover with a clean, moist dish towel and let rise 1-2 hours.
  6. Place baking dish in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  7. Remove hot baking dish and turn dough into it.  Cover and bake 30 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and let bake 3-10 minutes longer depending on how crusty you want the outside to be.  We usually do ours 3-5 minutes.
  9. Turn bread out onto a cooling rack to let cool.  When it has reached room temperature, store in a plastic bag.

 

 

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