Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! Though I did a lot of cooking and baking the last couple weeks, I didn’t get around to posting much since the holidays are always so busy. I wanted to share a bread recipe with you that I made over the holidays. I was lucky to receive a dutch oven for Christmas (thanks Roseann!) and I’ve already put it to good use baking bread twice. I’m seriously addicted to no-knead dutch oven bread now. This might become a weekly thing since it takes so little time, and it’s really nice having fresh homemade bread around.
This recipe is one that my sister shared with me that originally comes from Breadtopia and is called Rick’s No-Knead Rye. We made a few small changes to the original recipe. It turned out really well! The crust is nice and chewy from baking in the dutch oven and the inside is a nice soft texture. It’s not as airy and light in the middle as some other no-knead bread since it doesn’t have as much yeast as other recipes, but this makes it a great choice for sandwiches!
If you haven’t made no knead bread before, take a look at my Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe first. I compiled links and information about dutch ovens and other baking options, how steam helps in the baking process, etc.
heaping 1/4 tsp yeast
1 3/4 cups luke warm water
pinch of sugar
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp caraway seeds
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast with luke warm water and a pinch of sugar. Allow the yeast to proof for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the flours, salt, and caraway seeds. Stir until all ingredients are well combined and formed into a dough.
- Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 12-18 hours on the counter.
- Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and gently form it into a loaf. Set it aside to rise for another hour or so.
- Place a dutch oven in the oven while it’s cold and preheat the oven to 500°F.
- Place the parchment paper and dough into the dutch oven and cover. The parchment paper makes it easy to transfer the dough into the hot dutch oven and it keeps the bread from sticking to the bottom. Bake the bread covered for 30 minutes.
- Then uncover the bread, lower the temperature to 400°F and bake for 15 more minutes.
- Once the bread is done baking, turn the oven off and let the bread sit in the oven an additional 15 minutes. Let cool, and enjoy!
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I decided to veganize an old favorite, Irish Soda Bread! There are many variations on Irish Soda Bread, some more traditionally Irish, and some more Americanized. I’m not sure exactly where this lies on the spectrum, but it is tasty!
I started with the Irish Soda Bread recipe from Simply Recipes, posted by Elise Bauer, and then made my own adjustments. This recipe is not very sweet, but I liked it that way. If you want it sweeter, you can add a little more sugar. The texture of the bread came out perfect, dense but also fluffy like a scone. There’s also a variety of things you can add or leave out based on your preferences, including raisins, currants, caraway seeds, lemon zest, orange zest, etc. I included raisins and lemon zest. I meant to put caraway seeds in as well, but I forgot to add them, despite making a trip to the store to buy them before I started baking. Sigh. I’m including them in the recipe anyway, in hopes that I remember them next time!
If you’re looking for other Saint Patrick’s Day recipes, check out the recipe for Vegan Irish Potatoes that I posted last year!
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tbsp vegan butter
3/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 Tbsp Ener-G egg replacer powder
2 Tbsp warm water
1 3/4 cup soy milk
2 lemons – I used Meyer lemons, which are a little smaller than regular lemons.
1 Tbsp caraway seeds
- Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the vegan butter using a pastry cutter or a fork. It will form course crumbs in the flour. Add your raisins to the mix.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer powder and warm water.
- Zest and juice your lemons. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy milk and 2 Tbsp of the lemon juice. This creates a vegan version of buttermilk.
- Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients. Add the egg replacer mixture, the vegan buttermilk, the lemon zest, and the caraway seeds. Stir the dough until just combined. It will start to pull together into a rough ball. Coat your hands lightly with flour and knead the dough gently. If it’s really sticky, add a little more flour, though this dough is meant to be sticky and rough, not smooth like a yeast bread dough. Don’t over-knead the dough or the bread will be tough. You just need to get it into a ball that you can transfer to a baking pan.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper if you have it, or lightly grease the pan. Transfer your ball of dough to the pan. Score the top with a large X.
- Bake the bread for 35-40 minutes. I checked it with a chopstick to see if the center was done. If the chopstick comes out clean, it’s ready. Happy St. Patty’s Day!