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No Knead Bread

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This homemade no knead bread has got to be one of my favorite bread recipes. Bread in general is something I really love making and this one is at the top.

If you are a bread lover like me you have got to try this super easy to make no knead bread. The flavor is incredible and it has a wonderful outer crust and then it is soft on the inside. I love how the actual dough comes together in minutes, so there is minimal active time to make it. Then you just have to wait for the dough to be ready.

You are going to love this bread. It is so simple to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Yellow dutch oven, flour, water, and other ingredients in bowls on a table.

In order to make this incredibly delicious no knead bread you need just 5 ingredients:

  • Flour – Use bread flour or all-purpose/plain flour. Don’t use self-rising flour.
  • Water – I always use filtered water, because my tap water tastes gross. Good water makes a difference!
  • Salt
  • Sugar – Just a tiny amount, can easily be left out.
  • Yeast – You can use active dry yeast, instant yeast, or rapid-rise yeast.

Tools

  • Dutch Oven – Use a cast iron or enameled cast iron one, pyrex pot and lit or ceramic pot and lid.
  • Whisk
  • Wooden
  • Spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment Paper
  • Oven Mitts
  • Fork

Step 2: How to make no knead bread

Glass measuring cup full of activated yeast.

Being by making the dough. Heat up the water to about 105 to 115 F (37 to 44 C). Use the microwave or the stovetop to heat the water. Add in the pinch of sugar which will be a little food for the yeast. While not technically necessary, I always add it. Pour in the yeast and mix with a fork. It may seem like not very much yeast, but that is all you need.

Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes until foamy. If it doesn’t get foamy then I recommend starting again. The yeast may be old/bad or the water was too hot or not hot enough.

Large glass bowl full of flour, yeast being poured into it.

Add the flour to a large bowl. Pour in the salt and whisk until combined. Next, pour in the entire yeast mixture with the flour.

Hand stirring the no knead bread dough in a large glass bowl.

Stir until a dough forms and everything is mixed. The dough will be sticky and look like a mess. That is perfect, exactly how it should look.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. If the bowl is small spray the plastic wrap with cooking spray, just in case the dough touches it when it rises. Set the bowl in a warm place and allow it to rise for 12 to 18 hours. This long rising time is what develops the gluten and creates a wonderful flavor to the no knead bread dough.

Step 3: Shape the no knead bread and let it rise

Ball of no knead bread dough on a wooden table.

After the dough has risen, it will still be tacky/sticky. Pour it out onto a floured work surface. Then shape the dough into a ball.

Large ball of no knead bread dough in a metal bowl lined with parchment paper.

Place the ball of no knead bread dough into a large bowl lined with a big piece of parchment paper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and allow the dough to rise for another hour or two.

Step 4: Bake the bread

Hand holding the lid of a yellow enameled dutch oven.

Preheat the oven to 450 F/232 C. Place the dutch oven in the oven and let it heat up along with the oven. The dutch oven needs to be hot before putting the dough into it. I love dutch ovens. I have a Le Creuset brand dutch oven which is top of the line and pretty expensive. But you can easily get away with the Lodge brand.

Once the oven and the dutch oven are preheated, use a hot mitt and remove the dutch oven. Remove the lid, make sure to use the hot mitt the lid will be extremely hot. Then lift the dough out of the bowl by the parchment paper and place it into the hot dutch oven. Replace the lid. Put it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Yellow dutch oven with baked no knead bread in it.

Remove the dutch oven from the oven and take the lid off, again using the oven-mitt. Place it back in the oven uncovered and allow the bread to bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until nicely browned on top. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a bit.

To remove the bread from the dutch oven, grab the parchment paper and pull it out, then place it on a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. It will have a nice crispy crust on the outside and be soft on the inside. Enjoy!

How long does no knead bread last?

The bread will remain fresh for a few days if stored in a paper bag or bread box. If you store it in a plastic bag the crust will get softer quicker. Although, once the loaf cools, you can put it in a plastic bag and freeze it for a few month self-life.

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No Knead Bread

This yummy no knead bread is amazing. The crust is nice and crispy on the outside and then the bread is nice and soft on the insides. It only takes minutes to put the dough together and it only requires 5 ingredients!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Rising time14 hrs
Total Time15 hrs
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: crispy, flour, gluten-free, soft
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven
  • Whisk
  • Wooden
  • spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • parchment paper
  • oven mitts
  • Fork

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour 360g
  • 1 1/2 cups of water 355ml
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of salt 8g
  • 1/8 tsp. of sugar or a pinch less then 1 g
  • 1/2 tsp. of active dry yeast or instant yeast 1.5g

Instructions

  • Heat the water until it is very warm about 105 to 115 F (37 to 43 C)., Then add the sugar and the yeast and mix with a fork. Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast gets foamy.
  • Add the salt and the flour to a large bowl and whisk it well. Then add the yeast mixture to the flour. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon, until it all comes together and forms a dough. The dough will be kinda sticky and look like a mess. That is perfect! Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit on a counter somewhere at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours. Yes, it needs that long.
  • After 12 to 18 hours you will see little tiny bubbles on the top of the dough, and it will have risen quite a bit. Remove the plastic wrap and then take a bit of flour and dust your counter or table.
    Pour the dough onto the counter and dust the top of the dough with flour. Fold the dough onto itself a few times then shape into a ball.
  • Now take a bowl and add a big piece of parchment paper to it, then dust the bottom of it with some flour. Place the dough in the bowl and then re-cover it with plastic wrap and then let the dough rise for 2 hours.
  • Preheat our oven to 450 degrees F. or 232 C. Place the dutch oven in the oven and let it heat up along with the oven. It needs to be hot before putting the dough in it. 
  • Once the oven is preheated and the dutch oven is also hot, use oven mitts to grab the dutch oven and place it on top of your stove. Then take the lid off, be careful it is hot!! Then grab the parchment paper and carry the dough over and lower the dough into the dutch oven. Then place the lid back on top. Again, be careful the lid and dutch oven will be super hot! Now place it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
    After 30 minutes take the dutch oven out of the oven and remove the lid, then put it back in the oven and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until it gets nice and golden brown on the top. The bread is done. Allow it to cool in the pan for a few minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the dutch oven by grabbing ahold of the parchment paper, then carrying it over to a rack to cool the rest of the way. The paper might break, so you may need to grab a little lower, again use oven mitts! Serve and enjoy!

Video

How to make No Knead Bread - Easy No Knead Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

Notes

No knead bread nutritional facts

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38 Comments

  1. Can one put a couple of tablespoons of seeds in the bread? Love it.

  2. 5 stars
    I love your No Knead Bread. It looks so yummy! Can’t wait to bake this!

  3. 5 stars
    I tried this before but wasn’t working. I figure out now I did not leave it to rise for such a long time, so I’m gonna try again and leave it 12-18 hours. Thank you so so much

  4. 5 stars
    I love baking bread in a dutch oven, it’s always so delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks like the ultimate comfort food. I actually stopped baking bread on a regular basis because one of my sons can’t eat gluten. And I have not been very successful in making amazing gluten free bread. I may have to sneak in a quick loaf when my son isn’t home, lol.

  6. 5 stars
    This bread looks really amazing. I love the crust and the texture. And it’s so easy to make. Lovely recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I would love to bake a no-knead bread as I find kneading a little tricky. I am going to try this recipe this weekend.

  8. Oh wow this bread looks really yummy! I’d love to eat this with some butter, cinnamon and honey!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  9. Oh! That looks so good! It also looked like it’s easy to make!

  10. 5 stars
    It is so simple to make, I’ve tried your recipe. and no need to many ingredients. Thank You! I give you 5 stars 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Yyyyeeessss…I am all in for the bread. I love the fact that is quite easy to make, on my end, given the limited end of resources that I have on me, at the moment.

  12. I like to eat the bread with slices of Vietnamese sausages, bacon, pate, etc.
    This looks like a new bread to try with those meats. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. This actually looks really fun, besides it being practical of course! I’ve always been too nervous to try to bake my own bread. Now I’m feeling like it’s probably pretty easy! Thanks for the motivation to try this out.

  14. This no knead bread is calling my name! That’s the part of bread making that I always have a problem with!

  15. 5 stars
    Oooh, no-knead is right up my alley! Thank you!

  16. 5 stars
    Gave this a try and it didn’t disappoint! Turned out perfectly light and fluffy and hands down delicious!

  17. 5 stars
    I HAVE to make this! I never make bread, and it’s because every recipe I see is so involved. I just don’t have time for all that.

  18. 5 stars
    I love how easy this recipe is. It’s really just a few minutes of prep and then waiting for a while. I can’t wait to make it.

  19. 5 stars
    I am all about no-knead breads!! I love that this recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients. Homemade bread is so comforting & so good!

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