No-Knead French Baguette with Overnight Poolish

This is another no-knead bread recipe with a twist. The rustic baguette is airy with all size of air pocket in its crumb. The bread is soft and slightly chewy with a crunchy crust. It is perfect for you everyday sandwich.

This is such a simple recipe for no-knead bread.  Just be aware that a little planning is necessary for this recipe since it requires an overnight fermentation.

The addition of an extra step of making polish the night before is so worth it, it sure adds an extra deep flavor to the bread. Another nice thing…since the poolish is a pre-fermented dough the fermentation time of the final dough is much shorter, therefore in a fairly warm day, if you start the process early in the morning you might even have the bread ready for lunch.

This recipe calls for 80% hydration, meaning that the dough is pretty wet since for every 100g flour 80g water is added.

Ingredients:

Poolish

  • 100 g water
  • 100 g bread flour
  • 1 pinch yeast

Bread Dough

  • 150 g bread flour
  • 100 g water
  • 2 g yeast
  • 3 g salt

Method:

Poolish

The night before baking the bread, in a medium bowl place all the ingredients listed under polish.

Mix using a Danish whisk or a fork. Make sure mixture is evenly combined. Scrap the walls of the bowl and cover.

Place the mixture over the counter in a warm place of the kitchen.

Bread Dough

The polish should be all bubbly with a fresh fermentation smell. Add the water and mix gently using the Danish whisk or a fork to incorporate the water into the polish. Add the flour, yeast and salt, mixing all together. The dough will be soft and sticky.

Use a “stretch and fold” method: using a wet hand or Danish whisk, scrape a section of the dough (approximately ¼), lift and stretch it, then fold into the center of the bowl. Repeat 4 rounds around the bowl, being each round a complete circle of 4 “stretch and fold”.

Cover the dough and let it rest in a warm place of the kitchen for 30 minutes. Repeat 4 rounds of “stretch and fold” and let it rest 45 minutes in between.

After the last round of “stretch and fold” let the dough rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 475F with a pan of water on the lower rack.

Gently remove the dough from the bowl over a floured surface and split the dough into approximately 2 portions.

Fold the dough over itself and roll as you push out until elongated in the form of baguette. Repeat with the other dough.

Place the baguettes on the baking couch. Dust the top of the baguette with flour and gently cover the baguettes with a plastic film.

Leave to rest for approximately 1 hour or until almost double from its original size.

Transfer the baguette on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper lightly dusted with cornmeal.

Spray the baguettes generously with water. Using a sharp scissor cut the bread making diagonal marks of approximately 45 degree, make sure to tuck in the tips.

Let it bake for 5 minutes and repeat the water spray. Another 5 minutes in the oven and spray again with water. Turn the pan around and turn the oven down to 425F so the baguettes bake evenly. Let it bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust turns brown.

I hope you enjoy this simple method to make your everyday baguette…for more bread recipes, pleas check HERE.

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Simple Homemade Yogurt

This is such a simple recipe for homemade creamy yogurt. The yogurt is made using non-fat milk and inoculated with previous batch of homemade yogurt…confused?  Continue reading and you will find out how…

We always have yogurt in the morning and the amazing thing is that I do not even remember when the last time I bought yogurt was.  I make my own yogurt from organic non-fat milk using the yogurt that I made previously…so it is a continuous production of yogurt by taking approximately 2 tablespoons or so from the jar that it is in used. The recipe is very versatile, you can use 1% fat, 2% fat, or whole milk. The more fat content in the milk the thicker the yogurt will turn out.  Although I use non-fat milk I can assure you that my yogurt still very creamy.

There is no excuse to not make your own yogurt as no fancy gadget is required, use your imagination to keep the inoculated milk with yogurt somehow warm by using oven with the light on, top of refrigerator, Instant Pot, rice cooker that has a keep warm setting, cooler or a thermos cooker (which is very similar to a cooler, only retains the temperature more efficiently).

I personally use the thermos cooker when making a large container, but often use the oven if I want to have the yogurt in small individual cups.

Oh! Make sure that you have a candy thermometer or any thermometer as the temperature is very important.  If the temperature of the milk is too high it will kill the live culture, or if it is too cold it will not the optimal for the culture to develop…therefore the only important parameter is the temperature.

The making of yogurt always reminds me of my microbiology laboratory where I used to cultivate all kind of bacteria and yeast…a lot of fun!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 quart of milk (any of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain organic yogurt, preferably nothing added but live and active culture.

Method:

Place the milk in a pot and bring to simmer until bubbles form around the edges, around 180F. Stir frequently as it heats preventing crust in the bottom of the pan.

Remove the milk from the heat and let it cool until approximately 110 to 120F, do not add the yogurt below 110F or above 118F.

Place the yogurt in the jar and pour approximately ¼ of the milk and stir gently, once the yogurt is totally incorporated in the milk, add the remaining milk to the jar and stir again. I like to pass the milk through a fine colander to retain any unwanted particles or film produced during the heating process to have a smooth and creamy yogurt.

Cover the jar and place in the warm spot you selected. Do not disturb the jar while resting. Let the mixture sit for 6 to 12 hours. Just remember that the longer the yogurt sits the tangy it will taste.

Transfer the jar in the refrigerator and chill.  The yogurt will continue to thicken as it cools.

If you care for a thicker yogurt you can pour the whey liquid away and pass the yogurt through cheesecloth.

Make sure to reserve roughly 2 tablespoons of the yogurt for the next batch.

I hope you enjoy this simple method of making yogurt…check on the some of the recipes these recipes…Fresh Berries with Vanilla Yogurt or Yogurt with Honey Caviar recipes.

 

Did you know that yogurt is the most consumed fermented dairy product? Not only prevents osteoporosis due to the calcium and vitamin D from the milk, yogurt is loaded with live good bacteria, called probiotic. Probiotic food help to keep you gut healthy. The good bacteria use the sugar in the milk (lactose) and transforms into acid lactic, therefore for its tangy flavor.

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No-Knead Bread Two Ways…Stretch and Fold

This is a very simple way to make bread…no-knead using simply stretch and fold. The bread is light and loaded with air pockets.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving…the recipe that I am sharing today is very simple to put together, and come handy especially during holiday season as everyone is busy shopping and cooking…this bread can be stored in the freezer and ready to serve in a blink.

Before I start, have you ever heard of “stretch and fold” technique method of bread dough?

Well, this is a very simple technique where you literally stretch and then fold the dough. This is a super easy and simple method to accomplish great results. So, instead of the traditional physical workout kneading the bread dough, in case you do not use a mixer, you only gently stretch the dough and fold it to the center during the initial proofing stage.

I used the no-knead method and try them in both way…the conventional way, leave the dough until ready to shape and by incorporating the “stretch and fold” technique during the first hour of the proofing.

As you can see by the pictures below, adding a simple “stretch and fold” the bread has a better structure because the dough develops nicer gluten strands, therefore more air and larger air pockets.

Better flavor? To me it was hard to tell, but I love the idea of more uneven air pockets. And it was definitely easier to shape since the dough was kind of “self contained” after the stretch and fold technique was applied.

After this experiment, I sure will use this simple technique when baking no-knead bread. The ratio between water and flour used in this recipe was the same as used HERE, 80% hydration.

 

Ingredients:

  • 160 g water
  • 200 g bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon yeast

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl.  The dough will be soft and very sticky. Cover the bowl and place in a warm place.

For the “regular method” you can read HERE, as for the “stretch and fold” method, during the first two hours “stretch and fold” every half hour.

How to “stretch and fold”: Using a wet hand, scrape a section of the dough (approximately ¼), lift and stretch it, then fold into the center of the bowl. Repeat 3 more times, ¼ at the time, 20 minutes in between.

After 4 sessions of “stretch and fold” let the dough rest for 10 to 12 hours.

When ready to bake, gently remove the dough from the bowl over a floured surface and split the dough into approximately 2 portions.

Fold the dough over itself and roll as you push out until elongated in the form of baguette. Repeat with the other dough.

Place the baguettes on a cookie sheet on a floured parchment paper. Dust the top of the baguette with flour and gently cover the baguettes with a plastic film.

Leave to rest for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hour or until almost double from its original size.

Preheat oven to 550F (or as high as your oven will permit). Place a pan with water on the bottom rack of the oven.

Use a sharp scissor cut the bread making diagonal marks of approximately 45 degree, make sure to tuck in the tips.

When ready to place the baguettes in the oven spray the baguettes generously with water. Let it bake for 5 minutes and repeat the water spray. Another 5 minutes in the oven and spray again with water and turn the pan around so the baguettes bake evenly. Let it bake for another 5 minutes or until the crust turns brown.

For the “regular method” I made two baguettes as for the “stretch and fold” dough I made one baguette and 4 small rolls.

I hope you enjoy this simple method for homemade bread.  For more bread recipes you might want to take a look here.

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Basic Sweet Bread Dough (Water Roux or Tangzhong Method)

This is an Asian inspired recipe for a soft, cottony and fluffy bread.  The dough is very rich because of the heavy whipping cream in it.  It is great as a loaf or as a base for all kind of rolls and bread.

First of all, I want to apologize for the long time away from blogging…I hope you are all well and did not give up on me…I was literally very busy in the past months and after things got under control we went for a short vacation…now I am back and hope to pick up where I left…as you might know I love bread and since I started blogging, baking bread has been one of my many passions…

After playing with many recipes and baking tons of bread, one after another one, I started to feel very critical, and was not content with one particular recipe until I came up with this one, which I now use it quite often and make all kind of bread from simple sandwich loaf bread to braided ones. Please note that this dough is very rich, lots of cream and butter, almost a lighter version of brioche. So if you are looking into a everyday bread recipe you should not use this one, as it is sure super rich.

Initially this dough is very sticky, therefore hard to handle without the help of a mixer or bread machine. As the dough mix, gluten forms, turning the dough from sticky to elastic…it is awesome watching the transformation…it is all chemistry! I sure hope you give this recipe a try.

Okay, enough of description…let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

Water roux or Tangzhong

  • 35 g bread flour
  • 175 ml water

Sweet Dough

  • 600 g bread flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 8 g salt
  • 20 g dry milk powder
  • 8 g yeast
  • 2 eggs minus 1 tablespoon for egg wash, slightly beaten
  • 50 g milk
  • 120 ml whipping cream (approximately 100g)
  • 55 g butter (room temperature)

Method:

Water roux or Tangzhong

In a small pan, mix all the ingredients of water roux, place in a low heat and stir constantly until the temperature reach 65C (150F), or if you do not have a thermometer, cook until ripples form. Set aside to cool by covering with a plastic film. Please see here (http://coloryourrecipes.com/chocolate-marble-asian-bread-recipe/ ).

Sweet dough

Place all the cooled water roux and all the ingredients listed under sweet dough into a mixer except for the butter. Mix until all the ingredients are together, it will be very sticky.

Increase the speed to number 2 and continue to mix for 5 minutes.

Add the butter and continue the mixing until the dough is smooth and comes out of the mixing bowl, this will take approximately 15 minutes. You will notice that the dough will no longer stick to the wall of the mixing bowl.

Place the dough into a medium to large bowl. Cover and let it proof until the size double from the original size.

Now it is up to up to shape the dough as you desire…
I usually divide the dough into 2 portions and make two different bread, such as plain rolls, buns, pull-apart, cinnamon rolls, chocolate rolls, sandwich bread…make it sweet or savory, let you imagination free…

After shaping the dough, cover the dough and let it proof until double to almost triple its original size. Just before baking in a preheated oven of 350F, brush gently the top of the buns or rolls with the egg wash.

Bake for approximately 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and shape of the bread or until the top turn golden brown.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack.

Now it is your turn to use your imagination and come up with all kind of bread using this recipe…

If you enjoy this recipe you might want to explore my other BREAD RECIPES.

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