October 1, 2008

No-knead bread - Just for CLICKS!

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This is my first time participating in the "CLICK - The photo event" by Jugalbandi.
This month's theme is Click-Crusts

I thought it might be appropriate to bake something from their amazing collection of mouth watering breads. And that I did... very diligently picked out the No-Knead bread, and as usual in attempts to make it healthier blah blah... did some things that were just not meant to be changed.

Remember, this bread I made is just for clicks, if you want the original recipe check it out here.
All that said, I do really like the way it looks! The crust wasn't that bad to taste either.
Now this may sound weird, and it probably is from plopping the gooey dough into the pan and the skin must have folded into itself... Do you see a toothless granny smiling at you in the image above?
Just making sure that the image is stuck in your head... Good!

So now, if you want to learn from my mistakes, here we go:

Do not substitute the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. This is just not the place for it. The bread turned out really tough, almost inedible after a day.

Do not use highly active, rapid rise yeast. The whole dough just smells stale the next day. I used it because I did not have the Instant yeast that the recipe called for. I never have things that I need, when I need!

You definitely WILL need a huge pan/crock pot WITH a lid. I used a normal baking pan. I tried to plop the dough into a preheated pan and covering it with aluminium foil. You will only end up burning yourself.
If you really want good no-knead bread, go out and get yourself the hardware it requires.

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The bread has high water content, so it is important to keep it covered while baking so that the water from the bread escapes as steam, creating little air pockets. This is my theory if I am right.
You can check out a video here on how to make no-knead bread, it might help you understand the process a little bit more clearly.

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42 comments:

  1. very gud and nice click...loved the first pic a lot..

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  2. Nice clicks divya! All the best:)

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  3. The picture of this bread is sooooooo gorgeous..nice click.and the suggestions/vidieo clippings are very helpful.

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  4. :-) thanks for such an honest post! and all the hints and tips!

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  5. looks really yummy! saw the method of no knead bread, quite easy! interesting. Got to learn something new. :)

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  6. What a crust! U ended up turning the crumb into crsut too ? ha ha just kidding. Make a no-change-no-knead bread again and post it :)

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  7. The bread looks good to me...the pics are very good...thanks for the forewarning about whole wheat flour in this recipe...had I attempted this I am sure that is the change I would have definitely made too :)

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  8. No knead bread! Sounds like a great timesaver. Lovely picture.
    To answer your question on my mango bread, you can definitely cut down on the sugar, although the sweetness of the pulp is not enough to balance out the two cups of flour. So if you want it to have more than just a suggestion of sweetness, I'd recommend adding at least 1/2 a cup of sugar. Hope that helps!

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  9. Wow, beautiful click! One of my fav event, but didn't bake often :( Got to try no knead bread!

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  10. lovely click and great tips div,shall i call u Anu? because there are a lot of foodies named divya and i get confused :)

    btw great tips for bread making too!

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  11. Yummy,I will check for whole -wheat.Now on a whole wheat spree.Bookmarked.I will be making choc-pista rolls this week.may knock your doors with queries if any!

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  12. I thought that was a grumpy granny whose mouth was pursed... :) Beautiful crust though.

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  13. A no knead bread? That's my kind of bread. It looks wonderful. I am sure you house smelled amazing while this was baking.

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  14. Nirmala - Rightly said, the whole thing was a little "too" crusty!

    Usha - Using whole wheat flour was not the best idea... should have followed the recipe to a T. My bad!

    Vaishali - Thanks for getting back to me about the sugar query.

    Sangeeth - Yep, lot of bloggers share my first name. That is the reason I added my nickname. You can sure call me Anu, no probs at all :)

    Curry Leaf - Good luck with the rolls. I am sure you will make them better than me. Just ping me if you have any questions. And for the no-knead bread, follow Bee's recipes, read the mistakes I did, you will be fine.

    Ning - Girl I love your perception of the bread! Why didn't I think of this before. That is exactly what I see too! Ha ha ha.

    Pam - Er... all I smelled was the yeast baking. I used the wrong kind of yeast :(

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  15. No knead bread looks so fresh and inviting. Great pictures.

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  16. Toothless granny smiling bread looks good to me. Great Click.

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  17. really nice photos... good luck, I hope you win :) thanks for popping by :)

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  18. thatz a lovely click .. really liked it

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  19. And the granny looks so beautiful! Lovely click!

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  20. Toothless Granny!!hilarious..Nice click Divya

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  21. Yum. Yet to try no knead bread. Your looks beautiful!

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  22. ofcourse its a wonderful picture, to say its picture perfect.

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  23. No divya...i just sprinkled a bit on the top of the stacked rotis.thats it.maye u can try it tha way u asked me for.....

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  24. Divya u sure are a good baker....i am too afraid to bake a bread as it requires a lot of attention...maybe i should atleast look at u guys and learn sth.....

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  25. Wow, your photos are amazing! Thank you for the tip about Jugalbandi but I logged on too late to enter :( Next time, for sure!

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  26. Nice click and I really like the shape of the bread. It looks so much more enticing because of the large surface to volume ratio (more crust)!

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  27. Nice click! I tried this bread with half white and half wheat flour and it turned out decent. But yeah, best eaten on the same day.

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  28. Hi Divya, Sorry yaar, Just now I saw your message! Actually, I didn't flip the pakodas in the mid way, still they came out good. If you wish to flip you can! But I think I am too late, you might have done those already! Did they come out good? Did you like those? Please let me know.

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  29. bread looks yummy and nice click divya..

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  30. Hi! regarding your question about the lotus seeds? What I am familiar with is the dried white seeds variety. Is that what you have? We usually cook it in soup, with dried dates and meat (pork or chicken). Or can be paired with snow fungus for dessert. Lotus seeds are believed to have a "cooling" effect. Maybe I should do a post on this, too! :)

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  31. Hmm pointed noted of not replace the flour ! But whtever it is...the bread looks nice and quite edible ;) and it's a nice click too

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  32. Divya, Can you drop me a line at tabtomorrow AT gmail please.

    I can't seem to find your email id here.

    And oh, the toothless granny has the sweetest smile!

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  33. Your bread looks exactly like my no-knead I did a while ago! Great crust!

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  34. Tell me about substituting WWF for APF. I've also learnt my lesson. It does not work in all recipes, even if we just make it 50/50. The bread does look good though.

    I'm not at all able to fine WWPF Divya. I tried it in Trader's Joe too. I think I have to order it online.

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  35. Very good Click....n the baked vadas..hey u have real healthy substitutes reh!..Truly speaking I didnt go thru the video forno knead bread..but really will do it by tmrw,as U r guiding a wonderful way :)

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  36. the bread looks beautiful Divya! I'm into no-knead breads too, so this one goes on my to-try list:)

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  37. Looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

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