The Best Quick & Easy No-Knead Spicy Peasant Bread
Skill Level – Beginner
Serves roughly 12 - 16 slices
Let’s face it, most of us are intimidated by making bread. The very idea can mean hours of spent waiting for the dough to rise then kneading the dough and hoping for the best. I’m not particularly eager to spend time on complicated or lengthy recipes. This bread takes 15 minutes of hands-on time, 1 hour of rising, and 30 minutes of baking. It’s got a little zingy aftertaste that is perfect for sandwiches, munching, or paired with your morning eggs and bacon.
2 cups unbleached white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups water, lukewarm
2 Tbs butter, room temperature (I usually substitute for plant butter. Equal amount)
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp sugar (You can substitute with 1 tsp of Stevia)
2 tsp active dry yeast (that’s one packet if you buy it that way)
3 generous wooden spoonfuls of Jaja’s Pepper Sauce
Prepare the yeast: Pour water into a small mixing bowl. Whisk the sugar in until dissolved. Top with yeast. Set aside for 10 - 15 minutes, until it starts to bubble
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk white flour, wheat flour and salt.
After yeast begins to bubble, add it to the flour mixture and combine with a spatula until all the flour is incorporated. Then, gently fold in your Jaja’s Pepper Sauce with a spatula.
Grab a tea towel and cover the bowl. Leaving in a warm place for at least 1 hour. I turn the oven to 350 degrees and leave the covered dish on top.
While you wait, thoroughly grease your Pyrex glass bowl with butter. Set some butter aside for the end.
Once the timer is complete, transfer dough from the towel-covered bowl to your Pyrex. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Once heated, bake for 15 minutes. Then, drop the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake your loaf for another 15 minutes. Poke the bread with a cake poker, toothpick or knife to see if it is cooked all the way through. When it comes out clean, remove from oven. Immediately spread remaining butter on top.
Let stand to cool 10 minutes. Flip the bowl upside down and slide onto a serving tray of your choice. Dig in! Your loaf will stay fresh for 5-7 days.