Homemade bread is one of my favorite things ever. My mom used to make a wheat bread that was so, so good. I remember the way the house smelled when she baked it. I believe that is where my love of all types of bread began, and most likely why I am so smitten with this Easy Homemade No Knead Bread Recipe.
There is something special about bread made from scratch that just makes it taste better. It might be because when you make bread at home, you know exactly what ingredients are going into it, and what ingredients are not (no preservatives, no added sugar, etc.).
Some bread recipes can be quite involved, but here at The Speedy Gourmet, we believe that good food doesn’t have to take a long time. It is only fitting to include this really easy bread recipe that doesn’t require kneading.
How do you make no knead bread?
No Knead bread is similar to traditional make at home bread, using flour, yeast, salt, etc., but one big difference is that it saves so much time and muscle power when you don’t have to do the kneading part! You make the dough by combining the ingredients below (per the instructions), mix them well, then you just let the dough rise for about 12 hours. Follow the special baking instructions (very easy), and you’re done! Just like that you have a beautiful loaf of bread that took very little time!
3 cups white flour (+ 1/2 cup flour separately for the board)
1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon dry yeast (active)
1 3/4 cup lukewarm water
Mix the first three ingredients in a large bowl and blend together thoroughly.
Pour the water in with the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon just until the flour is mixed in and the dough is sticky. Don’t over mix.
Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap or you can cover the bowl with its lid if you have one. Don’t cover too tightly. Unlike most other breads, this doesn’t need to be put in a warm place. Room temperature is fine.
How long can you let no knead bread rise?
Let the dough rise in the same bowl that you mixed it in for around 11-12 hours. I like to start this recipe at about 8 o’clock at night, so I can get the loaf in the oven about 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning.
After the dough has risen and you are ready to bake the bread, get the oven preheating.
Do I have to use a Dutch Oven to make no-knead bread?
Nope! You can if you’d like but you can also bake your no knead bread in a Pyrex dish or other oven-proof glass dish (make sure you check its heat rating).
Heat oven to 450 degrees and once temperature is reached, put your Dutch Oven, proof glass or Pyrex dish in the oven for about 10 minutes (don’t skip this step – it is important!).
While the glass/pyrex bowl/casserole dish is heating up, prep the cutting board for the dough. Although you won’t be kneading the dough, you will still need to form it into a loaf. Put the remaining 1/2 cup of flour on the cutting board and spread it out to the sides.
Uncover the bread. Don’t be alarmed when you see it – the dough will be sticky! Most of the time homemade bread is not sticky, but it is perfectly okay in this case. Hold the bowl up and “pour” the dough onto the floured cutting board. Use a rubber spatula to get the remaining dough out of the bowl.
Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough. Gently lift the side edges up and over the top and flip the whole thing over. Make sure the whole outside has a light dusting of flour, but don’t work the dough too much. If you need more flour than the 1/2 cup, that is fine. You just don’t want to mix so much in that the dough/bread is dry.
Carefully fold up the sides and gently pull and pinch them together, or pull one side up all the way to the other side and kind of tuck it under. Ultimately you want the top to be somewhat smooth. Wasn’t that easy? I really do like the simplicity of this no knead recipe!
Using a sharp knife, cut three slits in the top. Open oven and set the dough into the hot dish (or pull the dish out and quickly set the loaf of dough inside, cut 3 slits in the top, put the lid on and return to the oven).
Set the timer for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the lid and cook the loaf of bread for another 12 minutes.
What to serve with homemade bread?
Bread that you make yourself is always tasty enough to eat on it’s own. This Artisan white bread recipe is no exception. However if you want to make a real meal with your homemade loaf of bread, how about a big bowl of creamy clam chowder? You can either warm up the bread, eat it the way it is, or you might want to make some garlic bread to accompany your chowder! Just cut the bread into slices and put some butter and garlic on top of each slice and bake at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes!