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Super Easy No Knead Bread

November 21, 2020

Super Easy No Knead Bread

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This is a really simple and delicious bread recipe, I promise!

I love bread! But the issue that I have had with baking bread is that I was really afraid to try it. It just seemed hard and the thought of working with yeast, getting the kneading techniques right and the length of time it takes to make it, were just overwhelming to me. Then I discovered that there are “no knead” recipes and everything changed. There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe and there is no kneading, it only takes a few minutes to put together and it bakes in 40 minutes! You do need to let it rise, but unlike some no knead recipes that require an over night rise, this is ready to bake in just 3 1/2 hours. Even better, it is so beautiful that you will feel like you created a piece of art. Just look at it!

I decided to bake this while my my husband and son’s were watching the Buffalo Bills game. The Bills were not winners, but my bread sure was! They ate it hot out of the oven drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. This was the way that we ate it every Saturday when my mother would bake bread for the week. What a treat!

No Knead bread is baked in a Dutch oven with the cover on, in a 450 degree oven. The Dutch oven creates the same environment as a steam oven. The result is a crusty outer layer and bread that is soft and moist inside.

Crusty round loaf of bread on a cutting board

When I said that this was simple, I was not kidding. Here are some things that will help you make this the best bread you have ever had:

Helpful hints for making No Knead Bread

  1. Use fresh yeast. Make sure that your yeast is not past it’s prime.
  2. Make sure your water is not too hot. You need warm water to properly activate the yeast. The temperature of the water should be about 110-120 degrees.
  3. This dough will be sticky and what is referred to as “shaggy”. It will look loose for a bread dough and will definitely stick to your hands.
  4. Don’t over work the dough. Once you have incorporated all of the flour, you are done!
  5. The dough needs to rise in a draft free area for 3 hours.
  6. After the dough rises, you will notice air holes in the dough where the yeast has started to do it’s work.
  7. Don’t punch the dough down. You want to maintain as many of those lovely little bubbles as possible.
  8. Heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  9. Scrape the dough out on to a generously floured surface and flour the top of the dough as well.
  10. Fold the outer edges of the dough in to the center forming a round loaf. Carefully lift the dough off of the surface and flip it into a parchment paper lined bowl. The folds of the dough should be on the bottom.
  11. Put your Dutch oven in the hot oven and heat for 30 minutes.
  12. When you are ready to bake the bread. Transfer the dough in the parchment paper into the Dutch Oven and cover with the lid. The parchment paper will keep the dough from sticking to the inside of the pan.
  13. Bake the bread for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 10 -15 minutes.
Sliced bread
Crusty round loaf of bread on a cutting board

Super Easy No Knead Bread

This bread is one of the easiest and most rewarding recipes you will make. The bread comes out beautifully soft on the inside with a delicious gratifying crunchy crust on the outside. I say this is rewarding because I was always afraid to bake bread, so being able to make this made me feel like a rock star!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rise time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1375 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add 1 ½ cups of water and mix with a whisk or a bread whisk. Continue to mix until the flour is completely incorporated.  The dough will be sticky and somewhat loose.  If you were to use your hands it would stick to your hands
  • Cover the bowl with a dish towel and place in a spot that is away from a draft.  Let the dough sit and rise for 3 hours.
  • Heat the oven to 450. Once the oven is hot place a Dutch oven in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • While the Dutch oven is heating up, generously flour a surface on your counter and scrape the dough out on to the surface.  Generously flour the top of the dough and using your hands or a dough scraper fold the dough in thirds and flip the dough over.  Continue forming the dough into a ball with your hands.
  • Line a bowl with parchment paper and carefully place the dough into the bowl and cover it again with the tea towel. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the Dutch oven from the oven as it will be extremely hot.  Take the parchment paper with the dough in it and transfer it to the Dutch oven.  Cover it with the lid and place it in the oven for 30 mins
  • Take the lid off the Dutch oven and let it bake for an additional 10mins.
  • Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and lift the dough out by the parchment paper. Let the bread cool and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1loafCalories: 1375kcalCarbohydrates: 287gProtein: 40gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2355mgPotassium: 401mgFiber: 11gSugar: 1gCalcium: 69mgIron: 17mg
Keyword Bread, NO Knead, Yeast, Easy
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