If you have been to the blog before you know that I love to bake bread, or really anything that has flour haha. Making bread at home is such a comforting thing to do. When we come home to the smell of fresh bread, its somewhat etherial. Baking homemade bread is also a labor of love and something that centers me. Today I want to show you one of my easiest bread recipes. Seriously, this is one that anyone can tackle. I am sharing my no-knead bread recipe with some of my favorite bloggers! Make sure to check their recipes out at the end of my post!Jump to Recipe
Are you a novice bread maker? Is this your first try making bread? You have come to the right place! I want to help you understand how easy it is to make bread, and things that you should know to give you a little more confidence in understanding how this whole flour, water, yeast and salt thing works.
The importance of flour, salt, and yeast in no knead bread
All these ingredients work together to add an important element to the bread. Obviously flour is a necessity. Gluten is vital t the structure of the bread. Yeast feeds off the sugars and creates bubbles which is what raises the dough. Salt adds flavor and changes the texture of the bread. If you omit the salt, you will notice a marked difference in both flavor and texture.
With only 4 ingredients you can have amazing no knead bread:
Can you believe that with only 4 simple inexpensive ingredients you can have an amazing loaf of bread. It kind of amazing how being able to make a simple loaf of bread can make you feel empowered and give you confidence. With only 4 ingredients you can have a flavorful loaf of bread and practically no work.
How to make no knead bread that tastes amazing:
I have tried a couple different methods of making no knead bread, and the one thing that has made the biggest difference is the time that you let the dough sit and rest and rise on the counter. If you are in a pinch and want to make the bread quickly after making the dough you can, but the result will be a more dense bread.
Letting the dough sit on the counter for up to 12 hours lets the dough ferment and allow the yeast to rise. It gives the bread its structure.
So, how do I make my no knead bread recipe quick and easy?
You wont believe it. Promise. Depending on when I want to bake the bread there are two different times I will get it started. I often will mix up the dough in the morning, about 7 or 8 am, and let it sit all day until it is time to bake it for dinner.
The other time is making it at night before I got to bed. I then bake it in thee morning and enjoy the bread all day! This especially nice if you are having a big Sunday lunch, or a brunch with friends.
So, first step….
Mix the flour, salt, and yeast together in a big bowl.
Add the warm water and mix it all together until it is well combined. I use my danish dough whisk to mix my dough up. its a wonderful tool. I also use it when making any of my sourdough breads.
I use my hands right inside the bowl to finish mixing the dough to make sure it is all incorporated.
Once it is all mixed together and there are no lumps of flour, cover it with some plastic wrap and let it sit. Thats it! Make sure your plastic wrap is secure so it wont dry out. I usually sit mine on my stove which is the warmest place in my kitchen. I will often let it sit from 5-12 hours depending on how much time I have.
Once i am ready to bake the bread, I preheat the oven to 450, with my dutch oven inside to preheat as well. You can use a sheet pan to cook this bread, but I love the way the dutch oven helps to give crispy crust.
While the oven is preheating I take the dough out of the bowl, trying not to deflate the dough too much. I shape it into a ball and lay it on a floured piece of parchment.
I then place it and the parchment paper directly inside the dutch oven once it is hot. This gives the dough a couple more minutes to rise.
I put the lid on, and often add a couple ice cubes to the bottom of the pan, under the parchment paper. The steam helps the dough to rise in the pan and give it an amazing crust.
Bake it in the oven for 30 minutes with the lid on. You will then want to take the lid off and let it bake another 15-20 minutes to get the top golden brown and finish the inside.
Last, let it cool on a rack before cutting. This no knead bread is amazing and the perfect companion to a bowl of soup or some spaghetti. My kids love using it to dip in some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. This bread is a hit at our house and it is so very easy to make.
Its crusty on the outside and soft in the middle.
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No Knead Bread Recipe
The easiest no knead bread recipe! Just set it and forget it and by dinnertime you will have the yummiest loaf of bread fresh out of the oven! If you are new to bread, make sure to check this recipe out!
- 3 cups flour can be all purpose or bread flour
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp yeast
Add your dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together with your spatula.
Pour in your water and mix until combined. Use you hand to mix it until combined well. You can do this right in the bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on your counter for 5-12 hours. I often make mine in the morning and bake it for dinner, or I mix it before bed and bake it in the mid morning.
Preheat the oven with a large dutch oven to 450 degrees F.
When you are ready to bake your bread, take the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. Shape it into a ball while trying not to pop all the bubbles.
Once it is shaped, lay it on a floured sheet of parchment paper. You can score your dough at this point to allow it to rise more.
After your oven and dutch oven is nice and hot, carefully lift the piece of parchment with the dough into the hot dutch oven. Put the lid on and let it cook for 30 minutes.
Take the lid off and let cook for another 15-20 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped.
Let cool before cutting.
When you are in a rut and feel like you might want to try something new, make sure to try this super easy no-knead bread recipe and find out how easy it is for you to be a superstar in your home!
Now, do you want even more great bread recipes? Check these out below from some of my favorite bloggers!
10 Best Bread Recipes
Happy Happy Nester // Stuffed Italian Pizza Bread Recipe
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Most Lovely Things // Brown Butter Banana Bread
My Sweet Savannah // Easy Homemade Breadsticks
Modern Glam // Crusty French Baguette Recipe
The DIY Mommy // Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread with Truffle & Honey
My 100 Year Old Home // Gluten Free Sourdough Banana Bread
Tatertots & Jello // The Easiest Cheesiest Keto Breadsticks
Twelve on Main // Easy No Knead Bread Recipe