With the enhanced community quarantine still in place in most parts of Luzon, businesses that monetize on leisure—like malls, amusement parks, and museums—have been forced to stop operations. Fewer food establishments are also available to cater to the public’s needs, as only fast food chains and well-known brands are mostly open during the quarantine.
And with the fewer establishments open comes the surge of orders from people who are looking to find ready to eat meals for their families. But not everyone can be catered by these open restaurants, which is why some have resorted to trying to cook their favorite dishes—ulam, desserts, pastries—at home on their own.
Luckily, there are recipes online that require less effort in cooking or baking—just like the no-knead bread that people have been trying!
True to its name, you don’t have to knead the dough and work your arm muscles out to make this bread—you just have to let it rest overnight. And if you’re someone who prefers bread over rice, or is trying to lessen their rice intake, then this no-knead bread is for you.
In case you’re curious, here’s how to make the easier, but still tasty, no-knead bread.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 5/8 cups water
- Cornmeal or wheat bran
- In a bowl, mix the flour, yeast, and salt. Add water and mix thoroughly until all ingredients are well-blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 12 to 18 hours at room temperature.
- After letting it rest, you will see that the surface of the dough has become dotted, meaning that the dough is ready. Put flour on your working area and place the dough. Sprinkle some more flour on the dough and fold over twice or thrice. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest for another 15 minutes.
- Shape the dough into a ball and wrap it with a cotton towel. Make sure that the towel is sprinkled with flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran. Let it rise for 2 hours.
- Pre-heat your oven to 450˚C and put a pan (cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic) inside while heating. Once your dough is ready, pull out the pan and place the dough in it, making sure the dough is evenly distributed. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, and for another 15 to 20 minutes without the cover until the surface browns.
Want to also try your hand at making no-bake desserts? Check out this link!