No bread machine or stand mixer needed for this chewy No-Knead Crusty Bread. All you need is flour, yeast, salt, water, a cast iron dutch oven, and time.
This is the easiest bread recipe.
Most homemade bread recipes require at least a little technique and experience to get it right. Not this one.
Making this crusty loaf of bread is not only easy, but its fun! But this recipe... you don't even have to knead it! Say what? Yeast bread that doesn't have to squeezed and pushed and pulled to activate the gluten? That's right.
How is it made?
All this bread needs is time. All you knead (get my pun?) to do is combine the ingredients, cover them, and give them at least an overnight rest.
My house is also quite freezing so I warmed my oven up just a wee bit, then turned it off, to give my dough a not-so-frigid place to rise and rest.
The other trick is in the baking process. You must have a cast iron dutch oven and you must get that vessel screaming hot before you add the dough.
Making this bread is like conducting a fantastic-smelling chemistry experiment in your own kitchen. With every step, its hard to believe how perfect it will turn out, but it does.
This bread tastes fantastic sliced warm with a pad of butter. It also makes a great bread bowl for a homemade soup as well as a vessel to hold a creamy dip.
No-Knead Crusty Bread
- 1 ½ cups water (heated to 110 degrees F)
- ½ teaspoon active yeast
- 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 ¾ teaspoons salt
- Add warm water to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the top and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Add the flour and salt and stir everything together. Mix until a shaggy mixture forms.
- Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 12 - 18 hours.
- When you're ready to bake the bread, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. When the oven has reached 450 degrees, place a covered cast iron dutch oven in the oven and heat the pot, empty, for 30 minutes. While the dutch oven is heating, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and allow to set undisturbed while the pot is heating.
- Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover with the hot lid and return to the oven to bake, covered, for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove bread from the dutch oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.
- Recipe makes one loaf
- recipe adapted from http://www.simplysogood.com/
- My house is pretty cold so I heated up the oven to 200 degrees F and then turned it off and cracked the door to make it slightly warm. I stored the covered dough in there overnight.
This post was originally published in January 2016 but has been updated for your reading pleasure.