No-Knead Multigrain Bread {In a Jar!}

There’s a trend that’s been floating around the foodie world for a little while now – it’s the No-Knead bread phenomenon. It’s not necessarily a new technique- in fact it’s pretty ancient, but it’s recently been brought back to American kitchens and has revolutionized the way people make bread at home. The book at left, “Kneadlessly Simple” by Nancy Baggett explains the concept behind the no-knead technique and gives loads of delicious recipes to try it out. Keep reading because one of you gets to have a copy of that book for your very own! It’s pretty amazing actually, you really can make artisan style bread at home. I’m talking about the kind you only see in bakeries, with thick crusty tops, and perfectly tender centers. I was blown away with my first attempt- and guess what? It’s E.A.S.Y. Like, really easy. Here are some of the reasons why (bread & yeast-o-phobes, listen up- you’re gonna like this!)

1. No equipment necessary. All you need is a bowl and a spoon. No kneading, no kitchenaid mixing, nada.

2. You use ice water. Got that? ICE water! No worries about getting it the perfect temperature or proofing/killing yeast or anything, you just dump in ice water and it does its thing.

3. You’re not bound by the clock. At first glace this may seem inconvenient because of the long rise times noted, but that’s actually the wonderful thing about it. Since the process works as a slow, cold rise, you can work it around your schedule. You’ll notice the first rise time in this recipe says 3-10hours, and then 12-18 hours. That means you can whip it up, leave it overnight, and not have to worry about getting it in the oven at the exact perfect moment. I love that aspect about this process. So…let’s make something!


When trying to decide which recipe to feature, I decided to go out of my comfort zone a little. (Comfort zone here being recipes such as Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Bread, Make-Ahead Streusel Cake, Pecan Sticky Buns, and Apple Cream Cheese Pastries) Besides the fact that a hearty, multi grain bread sounded healthy and satisfying, it’s a kit you can make in a jar πŸ™‚ And you KNOW I can’t pass that one up! I love things made in jars and I know you guys do too. This one calls for some interesting ingredients, but ones you can easily find. Brown rice flour for example:

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You should be able to find this in a lot of normal grocery stores. If not in the baking section, in the gluten free section, or heath food section. I bought mine at Fred Meyer. You can also find it at places like Whole Foods, and certainly any health food store if you’re having trouble finding it.

 

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505 comments

  1. This sounds a lot easier than I ever would have thought! I'm going to have to give this a try and def. add this to my holiday gift ideas!!

    Thanks so much!

    melodyvalentine (@hotmail) .com

  2. I am definitley going to try this ! I've not had much luck with bread recipes, so this looks interesting! I would love a chance for the book. Thank you! Michelle

  3. It looks really good Sara. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to try it at some point when life slows down and I'm back home. πŸ™‚

  4. This book sounds perfect for me. I am always scared to make bread, and in that case I don't do it very often! This sounds like what I need, plus will save me loads of money at Panera Bread!!

  5. I just LOVE Nancy Baggett. Her Cookie book is my absolute fav, and I'm expecting her bread book to be fantastic as well! Your photos of the multigrain bread are just terrific.

    firrkids(at)gmail.com

  6. Some time ago Fleishmann's was giving away a bread recipe booklet and it was this method. I'm not patient enough to wait several days for my bread LOL so I never made any. I've heard great things about though, yours looks great!

  7. I have read about making bread this way on a few other blogs, but have yet to try it. Your post makes it sound so easy and look so delicious that I now plan to try it this weekend.
    The book looks wonderful. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  8. Talk about motivation to make some fresh bread!!! Sounds delish and I think I've found my special recipe gift for Christmas!! would love the book

  9. Oooh!! Pick me!! I've been wanting to start making more bread, but I'm scared!!! I will definitely pick up some brown rice flour and try out this recipe though!

    kellyjo(dot)haines(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I'm in love with a no-knead bread recipe by Jim Lahey. Makes some amazing crusty artisanal bread. The crumb is much bigger though than the one you posted. I think all the rising helps to make a more tender crumb?

    Love the idea of the bread in a jar! Love it!

  11. Yum! I have sandwich bread on my list of baking this week. I'll have to try this one out instead of my other recipe.

    Did anyone else notice the author's name?? Baggett—-Baguette?? I'm sure the accents are placed differently…She was born to create bread :O)

  12. What a great gift idea! Just add a new bread pan and some handmade potholders and it's the perfect gift for a friend who likes to bake!

  13. This sounds great! I've been afraid of making bread in anything other than my bread machine, but I might have to try this. I'd love the book, too.
    mowsquaz(at)aol.com

  14. Question. Your Comfort Zone list: "Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Bread, Make-Ahead Streusel Cake, Pecan Sticky Buns, and Apple Cream Cheese Pastries." Where those other recipes in the book, or the ones you have already done?

    I don't need this book (gluten free family), but the idea of no kneading (like GF recipes) and the slow rise is very interesting to me. I may have to give this recipe a go with a gluten free flour mix.

  15. SO far I've only tried the basic New York Times no-knead bread recipe but it's so great that I'm really excited to expand to try others! emilysbarrett AT hotmail DOT com

  16. This bread looks perfectly yummy. And ideal for sorry people like myself who do not own a KitchenAid mixer with dough hooks. Some day…

  17. Am I the only one who finds humor in the author's last name???

    Baggett…baguette…

    Anyway, I'm pretty sure everyone is smarter than I am but I made the mistake of putting a glass pan in the oven and pouring water in that and the thing shattered. So…just a tip to use metal!

    Oh, and this looks delicious! Can't wait to try it!

  18. That looks so yummy! You guys and I are so on the same wave length! Every recipe you post is totally something I can't wait to go home and make!

  19. I would love this book for my mom, she says she is "cursed" when it comes to working with yeast πŸ™‚ being able to use ice water in a bread recipe just might cure her curse! tcole726(at)msn(dot)com

  20. I'm inspired! As a baking "dummy" who usually can't get breads right, this looks like something I can definitely handle — while impressing my friends and family along the way!

  21. now this sounds like a multigrain bread i would actually like! i've got a near-constant batch of 5 min a day artisan bread in the fridge, so this will bring some variety in….

  22. Even if I don't make this no-knead recipe, and I probably will, your description of the bread has inspired me to haul out my bread machine for some fresh bread.

  23. The bread and book both look fabulous! I just have a question–I've been told that flax seeds always need to be ground in order for our bodies to absorb them, is that not true? Just curious, I'm sure they add to the texture.

  24. I so want to try this bread. I've been looking for a way to transition to making more of the bread we eat instead of buying since it just seems so much healthier that way- and yummy. Thanks for the recipe and chance to win a cookbook!

  25. I'm a total bread snob! When I pass the bread isle in the grocery store I actually throw up a little bit in my mouth. It's so nasty tasting, plasticky, and full of air. I was making bread every other week but when it didn't turn out just right I was breadless….this may be the answer to my high and mightyness!

  26. The best part of this bread was the delicious crust! Maybe you could just dump it out on a cookie sheet and make a big bread pancake that's ALL crust?? Haha J/K the inside was darn good, too πŸ™‚

  27. This bread looks gorgeous and delicious. I'm very excited that you can make a kit out of it. I've been looking for something to give my friends and V.T. ladies (to go along with their pie in a jar!)

  28. I'm a wonderful cook, cooking 3 meals daily and would you beleive I have never, ever made my own bread. I don't even own a bread maker…so this is right up my alley. I would try it!

  29. That multigrain bread looks delicious! Reminds me of an everything bagel with all the dark, poopy-seed looking spots. πŸ™‚

  30. This bread looks delicious! I just started reading your blog and I love it. I would like to be entered in to the drawing (missunderstood19@hotmail.com).

  31. LOVE IT!!! πŸ™‚ I've always been scared of bread. By the way…I made white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake (minus the nuts) last night, and it was the best thing I may ever have had.

  32. I am so excited to try this recipe. I love, LOVE making bread and I am always up for new recipes. As my new-found love of bread-baking has flourished this past year, I find that I really dread the "kneading" part, as I never learned how to do it and just kind of "BS" it. πŸ™‚ The loaves always turn out fine (But then–can bread be bad??) but the idea of not having to knead it makes it very appealing! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway to "give it a go"! Thanks!

    megstermagoo@yahoo.com

  33. How very interesting! I would lvoe to win that book and look futher at this. But in the mean time I am going to try your recipe!

  34. Bread in a jar? Whoo-hoo! I personally like to knead bread but I would like some faster recipes that don't require all of the separate rising time. Besides, who doesn't knead (oh so corny) a new cook book?

  35. Wow! I would love to make homemade bread, and the "no knead" concept is perfect. Clearly, I need this book!!
    jreese4peace {at} gmail {dot} com

  36. I can't wait to make this bread! I've always been afraid of proofing yeast and kneading, but this takes care of all my bread making worries! I recently made a no-knead recipe from the Williams Sonoma catalog and it turned our pretty well. Baked in a cast iron pot with a lid. I like the baking method in this recipe much better – easier to gauge when the loaf is done. Thanks for another great post!

  37. I LOVE the taste of fresh baked bread, but my bread machine has been going gonzo lately and I'm just not brave enough to try the real thing. This looks so easy and yummy though – I may just try it.

    I have been lurking for quite awhile and I just love you guys! Thanks for the great recipes and quips!

  38. Lovely! I was looking for cute Christmas gifts to give and things-in-a-jar work great! Can't wait to see what else you ladies come up with!

  39. ok- the thought of making my own bakery bread is so exciting! I may need to ask for this for Christmas… unless you want to give it to me for a giveaway!!

  40. Wouldn't this be perfect in my homemade 'Bread Keeper' sacks made from (new)real cloth flour sacks! So of course I would love to win the book! Please enter me!

  41. I would love a copy for my hubby. He loves using the bread machine to make bread and I think this book would inspire him to try something new!!! katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Thanks for the great giveaway!

  42. I love any kind of bread. The more nuts and seeds the better. I will try the no-knead multigrain bread–sounds like a winner.

  43. Oh yum! The picture of the inside of this bread sold me on trying it. I started making homemade bread a couple months ago and haven't bought any at the grocery store since! There's no comparison. Thanks for the chance to win a book that would facilitate my bread-making ambition. vraklis@yahoo.com

  44. Fun. Speaking of fun things in jars, I just popped 2 apple pies in the oven. (the super cute single serve ones!)

    eagarnhappy(At)gmail(dot)com

  45. My husband would love me forever if I could bake yummy bread like that. I hate kneading, so I rarely make bread.

    taffi.abp at gmail.com

  46. Wow, what a cool concept! I've never heard of that. That bread does look like it came straight from the bakery, but I pretty much consider your kitchen a bakery so I'm not surprised πŸ™‚ The other recipes you mentioned from that cookbook made my mouth water too.

  47. Your loaf of bread looks AMAZING! Not only delicious, but really professional. I can't wait to see more recipes like this! Thanks. candacegq28 at hotmail dot com

  48. I so totally need to make more homemade bread. It enriches our lives so much! I definitely have to try this recipe!!!
    sharqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

  49. Looks so great! I'd love to give it a try. Made pizza dough just the other day and the yeast just wasn't working for me. duchessoffork[at]gmail[dot]com.

  50. I bake but just recently (like the past two weeks) started working with bread. I've been trying out different recipes. It's a lot of fun (and yummy!) but some of the recipes take FOREVER!!

  51. This will definitely be part of my Christmas gift giving this year! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! Gail (malggl@comcast.net)

  52. Oh how happy I would be to have more ways to increase my ever expanding hips through carb loading! Me and my generous backside hope we win!! HOORAY!! πŸ™‚

    leighannmcilvain-at–gmail–dot–com

  53. Oh I desperately need this book. I have almost given up on breads after producing yet another brick-of-a-loaf. I wonder if i can build a retaining wall with my failures this season!

  54. Just found your site through a couple of friends. I don't like cooking, but you have some fun things here. Would love the book to help me out. Fun stuff.

  55. Quite excited to try this, and also to pass it along to my dad. I'm hooked on the NYT no-knead recipe and also a no-knead baguette. Can't wait!

  56. It's always a struggle to find a good homemade bread recipe that's as good as a bakery…so I'll for sure try this one. Thanks! wackywebbs at gmail dot com

  57. YUM!!!
    I can NOT wait to try this recipe! I just made homemade whole wheat bread a few days ago and it got my bread spirit soaring!

  58. You've tempted me to give this recipe a try — you made it look easy!

    If the rest of the recipes in the book are like that one, I would love to have this book! Please throw my name into the hat :).

    Glenda
    wrenandstitchy [at] gmail [dot] com

  59. How amazing! I have never heard of no-knead bread. I'm going to try this after my grocery trip on Monday.
    (rachel at supercinski dot net)

  60. When I was little, my mom had a little bake shop out of our house. I haven't had her fresh bread in years since she's gotten older. I miss the smell and how warm the house feels in the winter!

    Brooke
    bhjohnsen@gmail.com
    jbjohnsen.blogspot.com

  61. I am not one for multi-grain breads, but this one looks good. I think I might have to give it a try. I was looking for bread in a jar ideas to go with the homemade jam I made this summer. I thought it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for some of my neighbors.

  62. That recipe looks fantastic. I don't have a specialty bakery by me and I miss it. If I could make some similiar recipes at home that would be wonderful!

  63. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now, I love your creativity and fun way that you relay your recipes. You are both very talented. I just wanted to know if you have been to culinary school or if it all comes naturally? Plus, I want in on a chance to win the recipe book!! But, really, I am concidering going to culinary school because cooking is my love and you guys have inspired me! Thanks for the fun.
    angiesmart@msn.com

  64. Would LOVE the book! I'm starting to make my own bread, and would love getting some new recipes and techniques… Thanks for all the great recipes and giveaways!

  65. I am so going to try making this bread! I have only tried making bread in my bread machine but it looks like I'll be venturing out of my comfort zone very soon.

  66. Love the idea of Kraft sending foods to those in need. Because of the economy we're doing VERY little this year but would like to participate in the Kraft project. Of course it's always nice to win something too!!! LOL

  67. Ya know, I'm not sure about the wheat flour since I've never tried it. However I would think that subbing half of it might be a good test. I would imagine that would work just fine and then if it does you could try subbing more and more to see if you could sub all wheat. If you try it I'd love to know the result!

  68. Great recipe I am so happy to get this recipe,recently a freind bought a kitchen aid stand mixer and I wanted one too(nearly bought one)then I found this and saved $299.Now I am going to gift this jar to that freind.Thank you for the great idea.

  69. Great recipe I am so happy to get this recipe,recently a freind bought a kitchen aid stand mixer and I wanted one too(nearly bought one)then I found this and saved $299.Now I am going to gift this jar to that freind.Thank you for the great idea.

  70. I am looking to make these bread jars as gifts for Mother’s Day,however I am unable to print the recipe card from the link provided in the post. It is a message from Imagecave that says “Access Denied- Account Disabled.” Thanks for your help!

  71. This recipe looks absolutely amazing! I’m curious, though. Is there a reason you couldn’t simply mix the required amount of yeast into the flour mix? Why the separation? I make a lot of bread, so I buy my yeast in bulk, not in little packets.

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