Friday, April 3, 2009

No-Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread

I was exploring recipe websites a week ago looking for knew things to try. I have always wanted to make bread from scratch, but (1) we don't have a bread machine and (2) I do not own an amazing Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (any help for me? PW...pleeeeease?)
Then I found this recipe. No-Knead?! Serious!

No-Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread
by King Arthur Flour

1 C. Lukewarm water
1/4 C. Orange Juice
1/4 C. melted butter or vegetable oil
3 T. molasses, maple syrup, dark corn syrup, or brown sugar corn syrup
2 tsp. instant yeast
1/4 C. Baker's special dry milk, or nonfat dry milk
1 1/4 tsp. salt
3 C. Whole Wheat flour (King Arthur white whole wheat flour preferred)

Grease an 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pan with a lot of spray or butter because this stuff is sticky! (the pan MUST be 8.5 x 4.5 or it won't come out right, so measure your pan if you aren't sure).

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl for about 3 minutes on high. The dough will get sticky and un-workable.

Transfer dough to loaf pan and cover tightly with greased plastic wrap.

Preheat oven to 350 and allow bread to rise for an hour.
After an hour, the dough should be higher than the rim of the pan. Time to bake!

Cover with foil (tented) and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil after the first 20 minutes. You will know the bread is ready when you put in an instant read thermometer and it read 190-195. The top will be golden brown. You can butter in to keep the bread moist. Wait a few minutes, then cool on a rack. Wait to cut until it is cool.

Sare's Notes:
1. I didn't have any molasses, dark corn syrup, or brown sugar corn syrup. I used brown sugar and it worked fine (I'd like to try the recommendations though).
2. I used fresh orange juice with pulp and it worked.
3. I didn't use the thermometer because when the timer went off, we had to leave somewhere anyway. I inspected the bread, and it was fine.
4. I would much rather make this in a stand mixer because as I was mixing, my hand mixer started to smell funny because it was working too hard. If you use a hand mixer, just don't use it for too long.


  1. I really need to try this! I don't have a bread maker, so I kind of shy away from making bread. Thanks Sarah!!

  2. Glad you liked the recipe. There are several no knead bread recipes on the King Arthur web site and every one of them is delicious! Molly@KAF