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Savoring a loaf of fragrant, warm-from-the-oven bread is one of life's great pleasures. Now you too can experience the joys of home-baked breadwithout all the hassle and mess of traditional bread recipes. Taking recent advances in slow-rise, no-knead bread making to a whole new level, award-winning cookbook author Nancy Baggett serves up seventy-five of the easiest, tastiest bread recipes ever developed.
Baggett's recipes involve no complicated procedures, no special equipment or baking expertiseand, of course, no kneading. The secret to her method is in the science: During a long, slow rise, the doughs actually knead themselves, and at the same time, develop wonderful flavor. Many of the recipes require no hand shaping, and all include a "KS (Kneadlessly Simple) Quotient" that explains exactly what's involved. With one bowl, one spoon, a few simple steps, and minimal kitchen clean-up, you'll be on your way, even if you've never baked bread before.
Inside, you'll discover terrific recipes for every taste and occasion. Enjoy loaves with the aromas and textures of today's best artisan breadscrusty Rosemary Focaccia, Ciabatta and Baguettes, plus buttery Brioche and other European classics. Savor all-American favorites like San FranciscoStyle Sourdough and Cinnamon-Raisin Bread. Stay healthy with Hearty Multigrain Boule, 100 Percent Whole WheatHoney Bread, and Gluten-Free Faux Rye Bread. And indulge with Panettone, Spiced Cranberry Orange Coffeecake, and other sweet breads. You'll even find recipes for bread-making kits you can give as gifts!
To make sure every bread turns out perfect, Baggett provides detailed advice on ingredients and techniques as well as step-by-step instructions for each recipe, including a range of rising times that you can select to suit your schedule. She also gives you in-depth troubleshooting tips and explains how to convert favorite old-fashioned bread recipes into no-knead versions. With a whole chapter of "Easiest Ever Yeast Breads" to get you started, along with sixteen pages of tempting color photographs, Kneadlessly Simple is all you need to create fuss-free, artisan-quality breads in your own kitchen.
For years, countless home cooks have shied away from baking their own bread because they were intimidated by all the mess, the experience, and of course, all the kneading required. Now, with Nancy Baggett's revolutionary new Kneadlessly Simple method, even complete novices can bake bread quickly and easily in their own homes, with no kneading and no kitchen mess. The secret is in Baggett's slow-rise method, which allows the yeast to grow slowly and develop the same full, satisfying flavor of traditional bread, without any kneading at all. The technique calls for minimal ingredients, often mixed in one bowl with one spoon, eliminating all the mess of traditional bread recipes, and it can be used to produce a wide variety of breads, from Whole Wheat Boules and English Muffin Loaves to Raisin Bread and Caraway Beer Bread. With this innovative new method, anyone who can read, measure, and stir can now make delicious, fine-textured yeast bread at home. This book will differ from others on the same subject because Nancy Baggett is an experienced food writer who understand home baker's needs. While techniques by other experts may sound similar, they still require messy dough handling. Nancy Baggett's technique is the simplest one yet, and it's virtually fool-proof.
The ultimate guide of super-simple no-knead bread recipes
For years, home cooks have shied away from baking their own yeast bread because they were intimidated by the mess, expertise, and kneading required. Now in paperback, Nancy Baggett's revolutionary Kneadlessly Simple lets even complete novices bake bread quickly and easily in their own homes, with no kneading and no mess.
Using the author's simple and effective technique, these recipes call for minimal ingredients and can usually be mixed in one bowl using a single spoon—with amazingly good results. A wide variety of breads are provided, including Crusty Sourdough Boules, English Muffin Loaves, pizza dough (and companion sauce recipe), Caraway Beer Bread, and much more.
- Perfect for inexperienced bakers and busy home cooks who don't have the time for kneading and kitchen clean-up yeast breads usually require, as well as budget-conscious consumers who love homemade artisan bread flavor, but not artisan bakery prices
- Author Nancy Baggett is the bestselling author of 13 cookbooks
- Includes 73 foolproof bread recipes for comfy classics like Cinnamon-Raisin Bread to contemporary favorites like Rosemary Focaccia
Nothing beats a loaf of fresh, warm-from-the-oven bread. Kneadlessly Simple lets even novice cooks create fragrant, full-flavored loaves without any specialized equipment, mess, or kneading.
"Nancy Baggett has brought all her considerable baking and teaching skills to the table in her newest book, Kneadlessly Simple. Bakers always knew that making bread was fun, but now, with Nancy's help, it can also be surprisingly easy. She really gets the artisan principles of slow-rise bread baking and has created an easy method that will work for home bakers of all skill levels."
—Peter Reinhart, author of Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor
"Nothing beats the flavor and texture of good homemade bread, especially when it's made from a no-knead, no-fuss dough and it rivals the best artisan bread you can buy anywhere. That's just what Nancy Baggett gives you in Kneadlessly Simple—an adaptation of all the most up-to-the-minute methods for producing outstanding bread with little effort—you'll love it!"
—Nick Malgieri, author of The Modern Baker
Delicious, super-simple no-knead bread recipes
"All the most up-to-the-minute methods for producing outstanding bread with little effort—you'll love it!"—Nick Malgieri, author of BAKE!
Savoring a loaf of fragrant, warm-from-the-oven bread is one of life's great pleasures. Now, you too can experience the joys of home-baked bread without all the hassle and mess of traditional bread recipes. Taking recent advances in slow-rise, no-knead bread-making to a whole new level, award-winning author and baker Nancy Baggett serves up 75 of the easiest, tastiest yeast bread recipes ever.
These breads are simple, straightforward, and astoundingly delicious. With nothing more than a bowl and a spoon and a few ingredients, you can bake amazing artisan-style breads like whole wheat boules, English Muffin Loaves, Rosemary Focaccia, and even sweet treats like Spiced Cranberry Orange Coffeecake. Perfect for beginners and super-busy bakers alike, Kneadlessly Simple gets you on your way to perfect loaves with simple instructions, basic ingredients, minimal muss and fuss—and absolutely no kneading!
About the Author
Nancy Baggett is a baking expert, food journalist, and bestselling cookbook author whose thirteen titles include the IACP Award–winning International Chocolate Cookbook, The All-American Cookie Book, a James Beard Foundation and IACP best baking book nominee, and The All-American Dessert Book. She contributes to Eating Well, the Washington Post, and many other leading food magazines and newspapers, and is an occasional commentator for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Baggett appears frequently at culinary and food writing workshops, classes, and demonstrations around the country, and has been interviewed on many national TV and radio shows. Her Web site is www.kitchenlane.com.
Table of Contents
The kneadlessly simple method: Nine easy steps to great bread 1
Getting started: basic know-how, ingredients, and troubleshooting 7
Easiest ever yeast breads 27
American favorites 59
Old-world classics 95
Healthful, whole-grain, multigrain, and gluten-free breads 129
Sweat breads and gift breads 157
Toppings, sauces, glazes, drizzles, and finishing touches 187
Kneadlessly simple recipe makeover guide: How to convert traditional yeast recipes to the KS method 197