For the last twenty years, I've been baking my bread using the traditional method of kneading bread dough, leaving to prove twice, shaping it and finally baking it in a standard domestic oven.
But until recently, I've never tried the 'no knead' bread. I have to say, I was a bit sceptical, thinking to myself that if not kneading your dough was the way to go, why would anyone even knead bread dough anymore?
Surely 'no knead' bread can't be as good as the traditional bread? The kneading is essential as it awakens the gluten in bread flour, which is what makes the dough so elastic and holds its shape when your bake it.
If you read my other bread recipes on this blog, you already know that there is a bit of science behind bread baking and every element of the bread baking method has its purpose and reason.
With this in mind, let me finally let you on a little secret!
Sourdough bread baking is a fairly complex baking process, and many people struggle with getting started and especially establishing their new sourdough starter. The problem, in my opinion, is that sourdough bread baking is like a science, where you constantly need to consider all the external elements and constantly adjust your method.
What works one day, might not work in exactly the same way next week as your kitchen might be slightly different temperature, you use different bread flour, and the starter is less or more vigorous than the previous week.
Today I wanted to share with you one of the easiest types of bread there is - a tortilla flat bread!
So, what's so great about this recipe? You don't need to be a seasoned bread baker to be able to make this bread, it's brilliant starter bread for beginners.
You also don't need to worry too much about rising, testing or baking this bread. Few minutes of simple kneading will do the job! This recipe doesn't need a yeast (or any other raising agent), which is why you don't need to worry about your kneading technique to much.
Over the years, I’ve tried different sourdough bread recipes, but I seem to be always coming back to this one. I like that it’s a relatively simple recipe, so even if you are a beginner you can follow the recipe with good results.
Soda bread is one of the easiest bread recipes you can make. Even if you are a beginner and you've never made bread before you can bake this recipe! Trust me!
My bread baking course's students are always surprised how easy this soda bread recipe is and laugh when I tell, them that they need to pretty much forget what I've just told them about baking yeasted bread! None of the rules apply here!
First of all - and just to put everyone mind at rest - there is no such thing as true sourdough bread that's 'quick' or can be made without a sourdough starter. Yes, you can make sourdough bread without a starter, for example, San Francisco Sourdough Bread. This bread is made from 'scratch' without 'starter', but it takes about seven days to make as you gradually increase the amount of fermenting dough. The flavour is amazing, and it's certainly worth making an effort to make this bread. So, whilst made without a sourdough starter, it's certainly not quick!
I have just finished designing my latest workshop - 'How to set up your own microbakery'. I know that loads of people have been waiting for this, but I wanted to make sure that the course was comprehensive, practical and super useful, so it took me little longer then I originally anticipated. You can find out more about the course here and book your place.