There is nothing better than homemade bread. Seriously. You can try to say other things, like fluffy cupcakes or homemade pasta, are better – but I’ve got a really strong argument for soft, bakery-style homemade bread. And if you need to know what the argument is – you should probably leave this blog and NEVER COME BACK.
Sorry, I’m really sensitive about carbs right now, mainly because I’m trying to cut back on them. I hear the word “bread” and see red. I didn’t even mean for that to rhyme. Okay…moving on.
With as busy as I’ve been the past month, it’s the simple touches of homemade that I crave lately. Even though I’ve been working INSANE hours, am traveling every weekend this month and have a 2 week cruise to Europe in two weeks (omg – I sound so pretentious, I’m sorry), I’ve been cooking even more than I used to. Crock pot beef stew, the world’s best pumpkin muffins, spiced hard cider – you name it, I’ve made it. I like to think it’s because I feel bad for my husband because I’m constantly leaving, but I also think it’s because I love home-cooked meals. When you’re on the road as much as I am, you crave something that isn’t fried, rich, cheesy or heavy. (Says a girl who just got back from the Midwest).
To be honest, I’m not a great bread baker. For every 5 loaves I make, maybe 2 turn out. I just can’t seem to make them rise or look like they should. So when I found this recipe for easy no-knead bread and took a stab, I had VERY low expectations. When it came out, with a golden brown crust and a soft, melt in your mouth inside, I nearly fainted.
I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create some unique tips for using a new product and I wanted to share with you how much I LOVE IT. I chose their blueberry lemon jam (which you can find at any Walmart!) and nearly died when I added it to my bread. Unlike many jams (which are loaded with sugar), this one is sweetened naturally with honey. I’m not a huge jam fan, but this stuff is incredible. It’s sweet without being too sweet, full of fresh, plump berries and just a dash of lemon.
In fact, I’m already planning a few other delicious ways to use it in my favorite recipes, so don’t be surprised if you see this tart jam in fluffy muffins, danishes, cakes and even brownies in the next coming weeks. Or, don’t be surprised if you see me eating it with a spoon on instagram when I’ve hit a sugar low. Let’s just go with the second option since that’s clearly a larger possibility given my HOLYCOWICANTEVEN life status.
Easy No Knead Bread
Serves about 8.
Prep time: 2 hours & 40 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Total time: About 3 hours
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- Dash of fresh salt
- 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
For the topping:
- J.M. Smucker Company Blueberry Lemon Honey & Fruit jam
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and yeast together.
- Add in the warm water, a little at a time, and stir after each addition. The mixture will be a little sticky. Grease a bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough into that bowl. Turn the oven off, cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise until doubled (about 2 1/2 hours).
- Line a crock pot or baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Remove dough from the oiled bowl, place on a lightly floured surface and carefully form into a soft ball. Place in the baking dish and let rest for about 45 minutes.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees.
- After it’s rested, place in the oven, cover and bake for about 22 minutes. Remove the cover and bake another 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let cool. Once cooled, slice and serve with butter and Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Jam!
Nutritional information per slice (with 1 tablespoon butter & 1 teaspoon jam):
Fat: 6.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams
Fiber: 2.2 grams
Protein: 4.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4
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