Pane a presto! When you are craving some warm, homemade bread but don’t have a lot of time, this little loaf is the answer. No kneading, one rise, surprisingly flavorful and crunchy crusted – a perfect quick and easy bread treat!
Quick No-Knead Peasant Bread
Makes 1 Small Loaf
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1⁄8 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 cup lukewarm (110-115°) water
- Softened butter, for greasing bowl
- Butter a 1-quart round Pyrex or other ovenproof bowl.
- Whisk together flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
- Add the water. Mix until water is absorbed and you have a sticky dough ball. A spatula works well for this initially. But it helps to get hands in the bowl and mix until all the flour is incorporated – do not add additional flour. The dough is very soft and sticky and will not be smooth.
- Place in prepared bowl. Rub top with olive oil as you shape the dough somewhat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 60 to 90 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400° convection.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat by 25° and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or so, until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped (internal temp of 190 to 200°).
Adapted from Alexandra Stafford’s “Bread Toast Crumbs”.