Alright. Time to get serious. I’m a bagel fiend, specifically an everything bagel fiend. I’ll eat them for any meal of any day all day long. However, the amount of cream cheese I require for said bagel...is ridiculous.
Here’s the dilemma: I can’t have a bagel without cream cheese. Unless it's a breakfast sandwich but that’s a whole other discussion. How to make the everything bagel cream cheese extravaganza healthier?...Ummmmm basically my new favorite thing in the universe, no knead everything bread!
Remember my foolproof artisan no knead bread? YUP! Just add awesome seasonings and you've got yourself a whole new bread. And a super delicious one at that. While it's baking, you're house will literally smell like a bagel shop and its the best thing everrrr.
Quick note: I've seen a lot of no knead bread recipes lately where you jump right into mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl. Although this can absolutely work, I like to make sure the yeast is activated. Otherwise, if the water was a little too hot or a little too cold and the yeast didn't activate, all those ingredients are wasted and you have to start over!
Not too bad when you're just using flour and salt but when you add all the delicious "everything" seasonings, that's going to be pretty irritating. And you can't have everything bread without everything seasonings!
Ergo, activating the yeast. It's all about getting the temperature of the water right, around 110°F. Pretty much when the water feels like its a little too hot to comfortably wash your hands but definitely not scalding. Honestly, if I don't use a thermometer, I usually have to try twice to get the yeast to activate! My issue is the water is usually too cold and I have to turn up the heat a little bit. So, no worries if you don't get it on your first try. Just remember to be patient, and grab a thermometer if you have one ????.
Other than that, easy peeze! This no knead everything bread is honestly one of my favorite things to bake. It's so simple to throw together and it's just SO good! No need to buy everything bagels at the store when you can whip this up at home ????.Print