Cider Rye Bread

I’m rubbish at making bread. Cakes, quiches, pies, I can happily churn out these things with varying degrees of confidence, but bread? Forget it.  I can’t even do it using a machine (my crust is inevitably anaemic and the texture all dense and doughy).  As for the “longhand method”, I can’t be done with all that kneading and proving and knocking back – life’s too short. So I was dead chuffed to find this recipe from Dan Lepard. Involving no kneading whatsoever and just a few ingredients I’ve made it about five times now, each time with great success. And I just adore the fact that you bake it in a saucepan.

For the overnight mixture
200ml dry cider
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp dry instant yeast
150g rye flour

For the dough
150ml warm water
1½ tsp salt
300g rye flour, plus a little extra for shaping

  • The night before, mix the cider, ­vinegar, yeast and 150g of rye flour in a bowl, cover with a cloth and leave until the next day.
  • The following day, stir in the warm water and salt, add 300g of rye flour, mix to a smooth, firm paste, then set aside for 30 minutes to rest.
  • Scrape the dough on to a floured patch of worktop, pat into a smooth ball – not too flat, mind, because it spreads during baking – and sit it in the middle of a large sheet of non-stick baking paper.
  • Cut a cross in the top of the dough, then lift the dough, paper and all, and lower it into a suitably sized ­ovenproof pot. Leave for two hours to rise.
  • Pop the lid on the pot (or cover with foil) and place in a cold oven.Turn the oven to 200C (180C fan-assisted)/390F/gas mark 6, bake for 30 minutes, then remove the lid (or foil) and bake for 15 minutes more

About these ads


  1. Wonderful let me know when you make it nest and I will dart east :-) with some Frank Hederman smoked salmon, finest echire butter and bottle of bubbly !

  2. Foodallovermyface

    Sounds like an optimal ratio of effort to taste. I will be baking this for sure.

  3. sounds and looks lovely – clocked this first in the Guardian but this is the push I need to actually make it!

  4. Beautiful bread there! Have heard much about Dan Lepard’s fabled no-knead technique, looks like you’ve nailed it…

  5. Absolutely beautiful bread. Have you tried Jim Lahey’s no knead bread? His recipes are incredibly easy and the resulting breads delicious:

  6. Oh this looks like a great recipe for cooking in a Dutch oven when camping, I look forward to giving this a go. We normally make damper bread sometimes with dried fruit but this will be a nice change.

  7. Cor this is music to my ears. I always love the idea of making bread, but the reality never quite matches up does it?!

    It’s a really nice lookin’ fella as well isn’t it… very ‘artisan bakery costs at least four quid’ – I will definitely be investigating this recipe – thanks for the tip off!

  8. In a saucepan! You bake it in a saucepan! It looks ace but I can’t get past the saucepan. That’s brilliant. Dan is such a baking legend.

  9. You made that bread in the picture Rej? Bloody hell, that looks impressive. I’ve dabbled with bread a bit in the past, but never made anything that looks remotely as good as that.

  10. That is a booooooooootiful loaf!

  11. That loaf looks amazing. I think I might have a go at that this weekend, sounds delicious.

  12. Mm, Lepard, what a name for a baker…

  13. I am tempted to make a really terrible pun about hunting and bread. But you’ll be relieved to hear that I won’t.

  14. I’m sure you’re not rubbush at baking bread…. and this looks great :)

  15. Looks beautiful – you’ve converted another lazy baker x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,046 other followers

%d bloggers like this: