Can I Make "No Knead Artisan Cinnamon Raisin Bread"? (Tip: Hack to Make a Makeshift Dutch Oven)
Updated: Aug 26, 2020
This No Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread from tastylittledumpling.com looked really good! And it was a no-knead recipe. It seemed to be too easy!
In the recipe, she uses a Dutch Oven, but I don't have one, but I do have some steel mixing bowls...so I thought that might work. :)
I decided to make this for World Baking Day (third Sunday in May! / May 17 for 2020)!
World Baking Day
Every third Sunday in May, World Baking Day inspires people to bake for their loved ones, friends, and neighbors. These bakers are also encouraged to give their baked goods away as a token of gratitude and appreciation.
People have been baking for thousands of years. In fact, the world’s oldest oven is over 6,500 years old! Bread baking goes all the way back to 600 BC in Ancient Greece. The Egyptians were the first to use yeast when baking bread. Besides bread, cakes were also a popular food to bake. The word “cake” dates back to the 13th century. The earliest cakes were more bread-like. Bakers added sugar or honey to add sweetness.
This is the website link and the YouTube video above has really good info.
I just made a 1/3 batch (1/3 of this and I added more raisins and I accidentally poured in A LOT of cinnamon, haha!)
What I used:
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
½ tsp Active Dry Yeast
1.5 cups Water (Room temperature)
3 tsp Cinnamon
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
1.5 tsp Kosher Salt
¾ cup Raisin (check label to make sure your raisins have no added sugar otherwise adjust amount of sugar used in this recipe)
As she mentions in the video and on her website, you don't even actually have to touch the dough; not even no knead -- no-touch! Haha! :)
See, there's A LOT of cinnamon. You mix it with the handle of a wooden spoon.
You let it rise for 8 hours or overnight at room temp. I just did it before I went to sleep; it took 3-5 min. Before I left it at room temp, I did my hack I came up with to help dough rise.
Using a steel (metal) mixing bowl, I covered it with saran wrap and turned the burn on LOW for 20-30 seconds. Check out this post for more details. :)
Comparison of pre-rising and after letting it rise! It rose nicely!
Tip: Hacking together a Dutch Oven
Basically, they are big metal or ceramic pots with both the pot and the lid -- made of ceramic or metal. They keep heat in -- to cook things.
I thought I could use 2 steel mixing bowls on top of each other to simulate a Dutch oven.
What are Dutch ovens?
Dutch ovens are cylindrical, heavy gauge cooking pots with tight-fitting lids that can be used either on a range top or in the oven. The heavy metal or ceramic construction provides constant, even, and multi-directional radiant heat to the food being cooked inside. With a wide range of uses,Dutch ovensare truly an all-purpose piece of cookware.
In the recipe, you put the Dutch oven in the 450 degree oven to warm it up -- for crispy crust to the bread.
I just put the steel bowls in the oven.
You bake the dough on parchment paper and I put a loaf in there in the HOT mixing bowl.
Tip: Then I put the smaller steel bowl on top and I put a fork in between them, so I could press on the fork handle to get the top bowl off after it was done cooking.
Would it work? Haha! :)
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! So yummy! Easy fresh cinnamon raisin bread!
And the makeshift Dutch Oven worked! :) To open the "Dutch oven," using an oven glove, I just pressed on the fork to get the top bowl off.
I'm going to make it again soon! Check out tastylittledumpling.com!
Give it a try! We are good at this!