Mein Bauernbrot (No knead German Crusty Bread)

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I became a bread baking enthusiast after watching a NY Times video of Sullivan Bakery in New York. It started as “It’s so easy, a four year old can do it”. I had to try, and I am hooked ever since. Also see Crusty no-knead French Baguette

Here is a step by step instruction with my personal touch.

Easy “No knead” Crusty Bread recipe:

You will need a Dutch oven. I recommend a black Lodge 5qt. Dutch oven from Target ($34). Couple times a year Aldi has them under $30. Sams Club sometimes, two for $60

Double the recipe below if you have a 6, or 7 Quart Dutch Oven, bake it at 480 F, 55 min, remove cover an bake another 15 minutes. For that I have an have a larger oval Dutch oven from Aldi

Recipe for 4 or 5 quart Dutch Oven:

3 cups bread flour. I prefer King Arthur 100% Whole Wheat and King Arthur (or Pillsbury) White flour. Mix as desired. (Publix has Rye and Spelt flower).

1/4 tsp. Fleischman active dry yeast

1 1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups warm water (optional 1 cup water, 1/2 cup dark beer, 2 tbsp vinegar)

• Mix together the flower, yeast and salt

• Add warm water and mix with hands or spatula.

• Cover with plastic and let sit 17 to 22 hours.

• Scoop out dough, lie on board and turn in flour. Do not knead! Form a loaf

• Cover dough loosely with plastic or kitchen towel. Let rest while pre-heating the oven

• Wipe the inside of the Dutch oven with cooking oil. Preheat oven to 500 degrees with Dutch oven inside.

• Place dough in covered hot Dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes.

• Remove cover, and bake an additional 12 to 15 minutes to let it brown

• Let cool completely on rack.

• Consume bread, be happy!


Add to Flower: 2 tbsp Wheat Bran/Germ, Flax Seed, Oatmeal, Sunflower seeds, Cranberries and Walnuts, Rosemary with Olives (or Garlic out of a jar), Caraway and/or Anis Seeds

Cover dough with wheat germ, sunflower or roasted pumpkin seeds, oatmeal. You can cover the Rosemary Garlic dough with freshly grated Parmesan before putting it in the oven.

German Bauernbrot or whole wheat crusty bread

15 Replies to “Mein Bauernbrot (No knead German Crusty Bread)”

  1. Was it too cold in the home? It has to be at least 70F degrees. You could warm up the oven on the lowest temp, turn off and let rise in there overnight.

  2. I made it and loved it. I am German, living now in America – Thank you for this recipe.

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