Last week I was strolling through the kitchen aisle at Meijer and I came across a tiny dutch oven that was on sale for less than $10! It didn’t say what the size was but I’m guessing 3.5 quarts. I’ve been on the hunt for an inexpensive small round dutch oven to make my bread so you can imagine the excitement that came over me. I guess this is when you know that you are officially an adult. Once I got home I was eager to try a new bread recipe and this week I wanted to go with something sweet for a change. My typical breakfast is oatmeal with cranberries, chia seeds and almonds so I figured why not throw those into bread. Well, I’m happy that I did because this no knead cranberry, chia seed and almond bread came out amazing. It’s great at room temp and toasted with a little bit of butter and a drizzle of honey.
No Knead Bread
I’m all about no knead bread. It’s something that I discovered a little over a year ago and now I can’t get enough of it. Seriously, all you do is mix two parts flour with one part water, add some yeast and whatever spices you want and then let it rise overnight. You don’t even have to use a mixer, I just mix mine together with a spoon. This is my fourth recipe for no knead dutch oven bread. If you’re interested in other recipes from Handmade Weekly check out the three below.
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What you will need:
3 cups of flour
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
1/8 cup Slivered Almonds
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1-1/2 cups room temperature water
Here are a few process photos. I first mixed all of the dry ingredients together (shown below).
After the dry ingredients were mixed I added the room temperature water. Be sure to allow your water to get to room temperature. If it’s too cold the active dry yeast might not work and we don’t want that! Once the water is mixed in, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 12-18 hours. I always mix my ingredients the night before and wake up the next day to perfectly risen dough. Another tip is that I like to use the little packets of Active Dry Yeast rather than buying a large tub. I feel like it stays fresher in the little packets.
The next day after the dough has risen I just use my hands to move it from the bowl to the little dutch oven (shown below). One key here is to make sure to preheat your oven with the dutch oven in it. You’ll want the dutch oven to be the same temperature as your oven before you add the dough.
I bake it for 30 minutes with the lid on and then for another 10-15 minutes with the lid off until it’s nice and golden brown.
The smaller dutch oven definitely makes a better shaped bread than the larger ones that I’ve used in the past. It allows the bread to rise up rather than expanding out.
This bread is so tasty. Give it a try. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Cranberry, Chia Seed & Almond Bread Recipe
Cranberry, Chia Seed & Almond No Knead Dutch Oven Bread
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/8 Cup Slivered Almonds
- 1 tbs Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
- 1.5 Cups Water Room Temperature
In a medium bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together with a spoon (flour, cranberries, almonds, chia seeds, yeast).
Add the room temperature water and mix together with a spoon.
Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 12-18 hours
After 12-18 hours of letting the dough sit and rise, put the dutch oven with lid on into the cool oven and then preheat to 450 degrees F. You will want the dutch oven to reach 450 degrees before adding the dough
Once the oven has reached 450 degrees, remove the dutch oven and lid and place the dough into the dutch oven. To prevent the bread from sticking, sprinkle a little bit of flour into the bottom of the dutch oven and continuously add flour to your hands as you form the dough into a round shape.
Bake with the lid on for 30 minutes and then after 30 minutes remove the lid and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until it's nice and brown on top.
Remove the bread from the dutch oven and let cool before serving
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What is your favorite bread recipe? Let me know in the comments!