Is a Billy bookcase or Ikea’s Knada bread mix easier to put together? Which tastes better?
If you’re going to Ikea just for the flat-packed furniture, and bypassing the food, you’re missing out on half the experience. One dollar ice cream, cinnamon rolls, lox, meatballs, free drinks. A stop at the Ikea cafe is the cherry on top of the Swedish shopping spree.
But could you bring a little bit of that bistro goodness home and bake it up in your own oven?
The Ikea Knada multigrain bread mix promised that, yes, you could and you didn’t even need to dirty up a bowl. Just add water to the bag, knead it for five minutes, proof, bake, and enjoy some dark, seedy multigrain goodness. Preferably warm with lox or salted butter.
But did the glossy promise of fresh Knada bread on the bag live up to the hype? Or was it a frustrating mess with vague directions? Was an Allen wrench involved?
The answer was not a simple yes or no. Except for the Allen wrench. There was vegetable oil, but no Allen wrench involved in making Ikea’s Knada bread.
Prepping the Knada Bread Mix
You start by oiling the pan. This was the biggest lesson learned. You cannot skimp on oiling or greasing the pan. If I did it again, I’d go with butter, rather than oil. More on this later.
Once the pan is ready, you simple add 14.5 ounces of hot water (around 110F) directly to the bag and “knead” the Knada bread and water together for approximately five minutes.
Once it’s all thoroughly combined, you pour it into the prepared (heavily oiled or greased) pan, spread evenly, and then let the mixture sit for 45 minutes. This acts like a proof, but given the lack of yeast, I think it’s really just time for the flours to absorb the water. The dough may appear to rise slightly.
Baking the Knada Bread
About 20 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
The directions call for baking for up to an hour. Mine looked done after about 45 minutes but then I could not get it to release from the pan so perhaps it does need the full hour.
After letting it cool completely, I was able to cut it in half in the pan and remove both pieces without too much stuck to the bottom. Like I said, the lesson learned was to go heavy on the pan prep next time to try to avoid the sticking issue.
Will there be a next time? I think so. The bread, while not winning any beauty contests, is dark and dense but tastes pretty good. Seedy, with a hint of rye and whole wheat. Your snarky friend or Republican uncle would likely derisively call it hippie bread but then you’d see him sneak a second piece.
If you typically make no knead bread, this is a quick alternative if you’re craving something different.
Ikea’s Knada bread mix is typically $5.99 or $4.79 with the family card discount. It’s simple to make and provides an easy, whole grain bread that would be a filling piece of breakfast toast, afternoon tea snack, or perfect accompaniment with fish, stir frys or that bag of Swedish meatballs.
Ikea’s Knada bread mix is worth a shot, just don’t forget to grease the pan.