Almost No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread

2008-05-01

Almost No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread
Almost No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread
 
Recipe from Cook's Illustrated, January & February 2008
Notes: This recipe is CI's take on the celebrated no-knead bread. They tweak it by adding vinegar and lager to the dough, and doing 15 seconds of kneading before shaping. In the morning, I made the dough following the whole wheat variation. It felt like a regular dough, not one with a lot of liquid (this recipe is about 70% hydration). After about 10 hours autolyse, I gave it a brief knead then let it rest. Slashing with a razor opened up the bread immediately, and it sprung quite nicely in the oven. The crust is gorgeous, soft and not crisp, except for the bottom. Perhaps I should have preheated the pot a little longer than 10 minutes. The interior was slightly doughy and dense, but all my tasters declared it delicious. Will be making the other variations soon.

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