We woke up to a clear morning…the way it is in autumn- Cloudless sky with crisp morning Sun that is pleasantly warm. A swarm of dragonflies buzzed around our pond, getting attention of a baby garden lizard hiding in the curry leaf plant. Its tiny head moved in sync with the movement of the dragonflies which it assumed to be its prey but was too reluctant to dart and grab one, or was still learning the nuances of hunting.
By afternoon, some stray clouds gathered and rumbled. They rumbled and rattled with flashes of lightening followed by deafening thunder. Soon there was a good downpour. A white cheeked bulbul sang in the branches of the mango tree, enjoying rain.
Plan of baking a whole wheat bread was tweaked a bit.
Instead of regular loaf, a batter bread was baked. Just one rise and a yeasty loaf is ready for dinner. Simple and easy recipe that comes in handy when you have less time and you want to bake a bread.
100% Whole Wheat Batter Bread | 100% Whole Wheat No Knead Bread | No Knead Atta Bread
Recipe source – www.kingarthurflour.com
I used honey in place of molasses, maple syrup, dark corn syrup, or brown sugar corn syrup. My requirement of water was also slightly more.
1 cup lukewarm water (you may require more water if the batter seems little dry & not mixing well)
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
¼ cup milk powder
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups whole wheat flour (Atta)
Heavily grease one 8 ½ inches x 4 ½ inches loaf pan. Sprinkle corn meal or whole wheat flour.
Combine all the ingredients. Beat the mixture well. Ensure a homogenous texture. I used a steel ladle. If you are using an electric mixture, set on a high speed. The dough will be very sticky. Scoop it into the prepared pan.
Keep the pan in a warm place. Cover it with a greased plastic wrap. I kept mine inside the oven without the wrap. Let it rise for an hour or till it crests slightly above the rim of the pan. In the last stages of rising, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. Tent with aluminum foil after 20 minutes. The top should turn golden brown.
Cool in the rack. Slice when cold or slice next day.