The Grant Loaf

No Kneading Required

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9813_2The weather is on a roller coaster. It snowed the whole day today. We spent more than 2 hours shovelling heavy and lumpy snow. I was so glad when we were finally done. I hope the weather is pleasant wherever you are. Please e-mail me some sunshine and all the delicious foods you are cooking right now!

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9815I spent the whole of last week revamping my bread making skills. I baked and ate so much bread…enough to last me a few weeks. The first one I want to share is the Grant Loaf. I love this bread because it’s very tasty and easy to make (easy is my magic word). It takes one minute to mix, 40 minutes standing time, and then it’s ready to go into the oven. If you dread kneading bread the way I do (I don’t have a big mixer) then this is the bread for you and I. If you’ve never made Grant Loaf, this is your chance to try it. Please give it a go and give me a feedback. I wish you a happy baking!

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9817Have a pleasant week…

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (1Ib, 3 cups Australian, 3½ cups USA) whole wheat flour (I used a mix of whole wheat flour and white all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast (Fleischmann’s)
  • 1 teaspoon muscovado (molasses) sugar
  • 400ml (1⅔ cups) warm water

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9763Please always assemble all ingredients before you start

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9766Grease a 21 x 11 x 6cm (8½ x 4½ x 2½ inches) pan and set aside in a warm place. Oven preheated to 400°F (200°C) Sift the flour, salt, instant yeast, and sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9769Add the water and stir to form a slippery and sticky dough. Mix for about one minute working the sides into the middle.

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9772Spoon into prepared tin (pan) and cover with an oiled clear film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9782 until the dough has risen to within 1cm (½ inch) of the top of the tin. Mine passed this mark but it was okay.

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_9784Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the loaf is crisp and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Turn onto a wire rack to cool

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_1234This is one of the best breads I have eaten this year

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_1231Everybody else loved it too

The Grant Loaf myfavouritepastime.com_1229If you’ve never tried Grant’s Loaf, Please try it!

The Grant Loaf

Preparation Time: 15 minutes + 40 minutes standing time; Cooking time: 35-40 minutes; Serves: ten slices

Ingredients

  • 450g (1Ib, 3 cups Australian, 3½ cups USA) whole wheat flour (I used a mix of whole wheat flour and white all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast (Fleischmann’s)
  • 1 teaspoon muscovado (molasses) sugar (I could not find muscovado so I used brown sugar, it works fine)
  • 400ml (1⅔ cups) warm water

Instructions

  1. Grease a 21 x 11 x 6cm (8½ x 4½ x 2½ inches) pan and set aside in a warm place. Oven preheated to 400°F (200°C)
  2. Sift the flour, salt, instant yeast, and sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the water and stir to form a slippery and sticky dough. Mix for about one minute working the sides into the middle.
  3. Spoon into prepared tin (pan) and cover with an oiled clear film (plastic wrap) and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes or until the dough has risen to within 1 cm (½ inch) of the top of the tin.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the loaf is crisp and sound hollow when tapped on the base. Turn onto a wire rack to cool. I baked  for 35 minutes.

Points to Note:

  1. Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperatures depending on your oven. I baked the bread at 400°F (200°C) for 35 Minutes.
  2. I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter. You can use cup measures, but please note if you scoop flour directly from the bag you will end up with 150-185 g of flour instead of the recommended 125g. I suggest you spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. You can also sift the flour first then scoop. My best advice: please use a weighing scale.

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Notes on Convection Oven Cooking

  1. I recently bought a convection oven and I’m now learning when to use the different settings, so I take notes in this section.
  2. Baked Grant loaf on Bake setting, 400°F (200°C). rack 2, for 40 minutes did not brown a lot, but the bread really puffed up. Maybe next time should try 425°F (200°C) for 40 minutes.

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

76 thoughts

  1. I really have come to adore this recipe!! What a fabulously simple and tasty bread. I just posted it on my blog. Thank you so much!!

    1. Hey Afra,
      I am so happy that you’ve come to adore the recipe. I love it too, but I think you love it more than me because you’ve baked it more times than I ever did. I shall see you post. Thanks so much for loving the bread and for posting it too! I wish you a wonderful grey day…it’s grey in the Netherlands right? Have a fabulous week!!!!
      Liz

  2. Made this bread again this weekend! I thought it was great the first time, now I think it is super great (squared ;-> ) I baked the bread just a little longer than the ‘skewer test’ required. The outside was a shade darker and probably a bit harder than yours, but I no longer felt that the loaf itself was too dense/moist = fabulous! I am not exaggerating when I say that this is the type of recipe that is a life-time keeper. Thank you so SO much 🙂

    1. Dear Afra,
      Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback about the bread and yet it took me so long to see your comment. I’ve been posting and logging off. Today i’ve had some time to go through messages. I am so excited. I shall be baking this bread over the weekend and I shall leave it a little longer to get a darker shade. I am so glad it has become a lifetime keeper for you. Have a lovely weekend and I’m the one who should be thanking you. Thanks so much for the useful feedback!
      Best wishes,
      Liz

        1. Thank you so much Afra. I am so glad you love the bread the way I do, I shall definitely be cooking from your blog, This is a busy weekend for me-kids have tournaments. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
          Liz

  3. Hi Liz! I just made this recipe and I just can’t stop eating. It is Delicious! I think I’ll be making this recipe a lot. Also, I was thinking of using a bit of honey instead of sugar next time… what do you think?
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Hi Chef,
      Omg I am so excited that you made the bread, and even more excited that you found it delicious. I also thought it was one of the best loaves I ate this year. And I love it because it’s so easy to mix. You can use honey instead of sugar next time. It’s perfectly alright. Please let me know how the honey one turns out. It probably won’t be different? I don’t know…LOL. I wish you a wonderful week and a very pleasant day. Best wishes,
      Liz

      1. I’ll let you know how the honey loaf turns out. I don’t think there will be much of a difference, I tried using honey in breads before and was very pleased with the result.
        Have a great and (hopefully) sunny week!

        1. Hi Chef
          Oh yes we have sunshine today despite the cold (-6C, 21F). I’ll also add some honey the next time I make the bread. Thanks so much and wish you the best.
          Liz

  4. Hi Liz, I made this today! I must admit I was a little sceptical about a bread recipe with such a short fermentation time, but it turned out great. All up it took less than 1 and a half hours- which I think is amazing for bread. The kids and husband loved it too. The four of us ate the lot warm with butter (and vegemite for my daughter). I will definitely be making this again on the weekends. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    Melissa

    1. Hi Melissa,
      I am so glad you not only made but liked the bread. Like you I was also sceptical the first time I ever tried it, but it turned out to be one of the tastiest and easiest breads I ever made. My son loves it…I always have to tell him to STOP EATING! Thank you so much for giving me feedback and best wishes to you and your family. I wish you a very pleasant weekend!
      Liz

  5. I had to read this recipe twice – really, it is this easy to make such a beautiful looking loaf?! I must give this a try!

      1. I’ll be honest: most other people I would not have believed if they told me that such a simple recipe could actually produce an edible loaf. But knowing what amazing bakes you produce I knew there had to be something in it. So I made this bread this morning. And can I say: Wow! It really was as easy as you described and it turned out fabulous! What a great flavour and amazing crust. The crumb is maybe a tad moist, but now I really am nitpicking. This recipe definately is a keeper! Love it! (and yum, does it make fabulous toast!)

        1. Dear Afra
          Omg I am so happy that you tried it and even more happy that it turned out fabulous for you. I loved everything about it…I have no complaint. Thank you for giving feedback on how it makes fabulous toast because a fellow blogger asked that question. I hope you have better weather over there. We have some sun today…how awesome. Take care Afra and thank you so much for always supporting myfavouritepastime.com. Tot ziens
          Liz

  6. This is a lovely loaf of bread, Liz. My first thought was, when sliced, this would have the perfect texture and consistency for a sandwich bread for me. Do you use rapid rise instant yeast or just the regular yeast? I’m very excited about the no kneading required!

    1. Hi Ngan,
      I have a love-hate relationship with kneading. I used the Fleischmann’s rapid rise instant yeast. I am too lazy to wait for the frothing process, ha ha! Happy baking if you decide to make it. I love the bread!
      Liz

  7. This bread looks delicious! Maybe even I could do it, since you said it is one of the easier breads to make. I’m sorry your weather is still cold. We are supposed to have a high of 79 or 80 today, but don’t be jealous. Come summer we will be paying for it with very unbelievably hot temperatures!

    1. Hi Shari,
      The cold is still here for sometime. Lucky you with such nice weather, I am jealous…summer does get very hot here too. I love spring and fall. Happy Baking, if you try the bread. Best wishes!
      Liz

  8. Oh yum Liz! I’ve only made my no knead bread once here in Hawaii because it’s too hot to turn the oven on so I’m saving recipes of yours to make when I get back home. I’m wishing great weather when that happens…in May. Yesterday we went back to Hilo to go through the Tsunami museum. Hilo has been hit many times. I cannot understand why they keep building in the same place, right by the ocean. We also went to the Farmers market. I just love looking at all the produce and learning about new things. A very nice and friendly oriental man explained about the bag of shredded green papaya, that it is eaten raw as a vegetable or in salad. Anyone else heard of this? Also we bought some reddish skinned bananas, called Cuban Reds. Haven’t tried one yet, but I did enjoy half of a rainbow papaya for breakfast….$2.00 a bag of about 7 in the bag. The bread looks so good! Best to you for the remainder of the week!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      You are having fun…wow. I love real markets like that one with an array of produce. I love my papaya ripe and juicy but yes green papaya is used in salads in many places. The juice from green papaya makes me itch…it has a enzyme called papain, used to tenderize meat and also helps in digestion. Maybe that’s why they eat green shredded papaya. I’ve seen those reddish skinned bananas. The best tasting bananas are sweet bananas (also known as lady finger or sugar bananas. Once you eat those one, you’ll never enjoy any other banana again. This week is still cold but sunny so I’m just sitting by the window, basking. Have a lovely Sunday, Sandy. Thanks so much for being so amicable. My regards to your family and friends!
      Liz

  9. The weather is better today, but we had to deal with that blizzard yesterday.. Luckily everything was shut down, so we all ended up at home before noon, and spent the day snuggled in watching movies and of course eating!
    I wish I would have seen this recipe yesterday, because that would have been on my list of things to do in the afternoon. But that’s ok, it’s still cold enough today, that I’ll make this tonight, and we can enjoy it with the pan of risotto I plan to make. I’m really excited to give it a try! 🙂 I did a quick Google search and found that I can substitute brown sugar for the muscovado…although I understand that it won’t be as molassesy… I wonder if I added a tablespoon or so of molasses…do you think that might make the difference for not using muscovado?

    1. Hi
      I am glad the weather is sunny today although still very cold. I still have some shovelling to do: the snow plough passed the street last night and now I have that irritating mound to work on. We were in the whole day yesterday too: watching movies and binging on the Victoria sponge I made. We finished a whole cake…filled with fresh cream and cherries horrors! (LOL).
      I actually didn’t use muscovado sugar, I just used brown sugar and it worked fine (I toyed with the idea of adding molasses for a while). Just go ahead and use brown sugar- I should add a note that I used brown sugar. I’m yet to come across muscovado in my little town here…It was nice chatting to you. I wish you a pleasant day. Best wishes!
      Liz

  10. You’re really “on a roll” with all these posts. 🙂
    A friend of mine, prepares a bread mixture every night and puts it in the bread machine. When they get up in the morning, fresh hot bread ready!

    1. Hi Lignum
      That’s a great idea. The bread machine does all the work and voila a nice hot loaf. Maybe I should invest in a bread machine??? I have several kitchen equipment that are being thoroughly under-utilized. I wish I could be your friends guest for a week. Have a lovely evening!
      Liz

      1. It’s been raining for two days and I got a slight fever, maybe because of the sudden weather change. I’m gonna cook some herbal concoction for myself tomorrow. 😀

        1. Oh Hari, I’m sorry to hear you have a sight fever. I wish you a speedy recovery. Keep warm and hope the herbal concoction works for you. I wish you a pleasant week!
          Liz

        2. I actually feel better now, after I drink a cup of hot water with three spoonful of white honey (its price burns a hole in my wallet but it’s totally worth it! LOL)

          I am finishing a new post before I go to bed. I want to workout a bit in the morning. I usually fell much better every time I sweat. 😀

        3. Hi Hari,
          I’m glad to hear you’re feeling much better after drinking hot water with white honey. I’ve learnt something new from you. Your biceps show that you do lots of workout…(LOL) All the best with the workout. Enjoy the week!
          Liz

  11. I can just imagine slicing into this when it’s still a touch warm 🙂 Very nice with just a few ingredients and sounds so simple!

    1. Hi please don’t just imagine slicing, whip out ingredients make on and enjoy slicing it a touch warm. Slather some butter mmmm…I love fresh bread! Don’t you?
      Have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

      1. I do love fresh bread and the selection here in Germany is huge! That’s what seems to keep me from baking it, this wonderful selection 🙂

        1. Oh yes I totally agree. German and Dutch breads are really good. My friend is married to a German, I have an Original Dresdner Stollen in my pantry right now! Enjoy the wide array of breads and have a lovely weekend!
          Liz

  12. I’m sorry Liz, but leaving in Montreal I’m not among those who are already enjoying the spring weather… But I can anyway leave a warm comment here… your bread seems perfect, a reward you deserved to have shovelled for 2 hours!

    1. Ha ha you’ve cracked me up so I’m going to have a very good night. The snow is heading your way and I bet it’s gonna be worse over there! I shall send you some sun tomorrow, it will be shining here despite the very low temperatures. Have a good night!
      Liz

    2. Thank you for your warm comment. I have received it with both hands…If it ever snows again, I shall sit on it and bawl loudly…I can’t imagine any more of that craziness. I hope the Montreal weather is awesome like here today. I wish you a lovely weekend, my dear. Thanks so much for popping by.
      Best wishes,
      Liz

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