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No Knead Bread-The Simple Way To Make Delicious Bread

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No Knead Bread- The simple way to make delicious bread from scratch. Easy to make, this bread will bring out the baker in you!

No knead bread- two round breads on a wire rack

The Famous Dutch Oven Bread

I think I discovered the perfect recipe to make bread from scratch. Not having to knead the dough convinced me to try the recipe. Since then, we cannot get enough of it.

There is nothing better than a slice of good bread with butter, or a slice of good bread that you dip in your favorite sauce.

It also makes the perfect sandwich. Delicious and addicting, if you love bread. And I do love bread! Boy, do I love it! The perfect comfort food that brings happiness to your soul…

Making this No Knead Artisan Bread is a no brainer and there is no way you can go wrong with it.

I am not inventing the wheel and this recipe is not mine, but I wanted to share it with you hoping that you will try and make it at home at least once to see what I am talking about.

I found the recipe on numerous websites and nobody had something bad to say about it.

This recipe comes from Mark Bittman, an American food journalist and Jim Lahey, the owner of Sullivan Street Bakery who shared this recipe on New York Times many years ago.

Since then, this recipe was adopted by many food bloggers who created multiple versions of this beautiful, easy no knead bread.

It is simple, no fuss, no work, perfect for me, as I love easy recipes that are feeding not only the body but also the soul.

The recipe requires just flour, salt, yeast, and water. Cold water. Like it should be.

No sugar, no additives, no corn syrup, no ingredients you cannot pronounce. Simple and beautiful.

The whole idea of this bread is to take away the anxiety of working with yeast, work smarter and not harder. Like a boss! (Get it? The Bossy Kitchen? Like a boss? Yeah)

After you make the dough, which actually takes no more than 5 minutes, you let it rise on the counter in the kitchen for 12-18 hours. The bread is baked in a cast iron pot covered with a lid or a Dutch oven.

The result?

No knead bread- sliced on a wooden board

This!

And you will not believe the sounds this bread makes when it comes out of the oven….crackling sounds. I think it was singing to me!

How to make the no knead bread:

I started by combining the dry ingredients in a bowl. Flour, yeast, salt. Nothing else. Then, I added some water and mixed it in with a spoon to incorporate it into the dry ingredients. You will have a wet dough.

This is how it should be. Do not add more flour. 

rising dough for No Knead Bread

I covered the bowl with plastic wrap to keep the moisture inside. Then, I left it on the counter to sit at room temperature for the next 12-18 hours. 18 hours is better than 12.

You will need a 6 qt. Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven with a lid. Make sure the pot and the lid are safe to be in the oven at 450F. 

Red cast iron pot with lid
Red cast iron pot with lid

So, after 12-18 hours of rising, the dough was almost ready to be baked. It had bubbles on the surface and doubled in size.

Dough rising for no knead bread after 12 hours of rising

This is the moment when I finally preheated the oven to 450F and placed the empty pot inside the oven with the lid on. Both need to get super blazing hot. 

An oven thermometer would be a good idea to check the actual temperature as not all ovens are the same.

flour on the wooden board

While the oven and the pot were warming up, I placed the dough on a floured work surface.

bowl with bread dough and floured wooden board

I flattened the dough and wrapped it like an envelope, bringing the sides toward the middle.

handling dough on wooden board

I covered the bottom of a bowl with parchment paper and placed the dough on it.

While the oven was heating up, the dough rose again. You need to let it rise  for about 30-45 minutes. 

I grabbed the parchment paper with the dough on it and placed it in the hot cast iron pot. Cover with the lid and place the pot in the oven.

Note: The parchment paper is not mandatory. I used it, so I don’t have to clean the pot after baking.

No knead bread- bread dough in parchment paper ready for baking in the cast iron

Only thinking that I am going to eat THIS and I cannot wait for the next step, the baking part.

No knead bread baked coming out of the oven

Bake for 30 minutes.

Just so you know, your kitchen and the entire house will smell like a professional bakery, but this is what we  want, right? 

After 30 minutes, I removed the lid and let the bread bake for another 20 minutes, until the crust was golden brown on top.

As every oven is unique, just keep an eye on it and remove the bread when it has the desirable color.(15-20 minutes should be enough)

You can also use a thermometer to check the temperature inside the bread. It should be somewhere between 200-210F.

No knead bread on table with butter next to it

I usually bake my bread uncovered for about 20 minutes.

NOTE: These are pictures from different batches I made. I wanted you to see that each time, the bread looked awesome, but different.

No knead bread in the cast iron pot

Take the bread out and let it cool on a rack.

No knead bread sliced on wooden board

I recommend to allow the bread to cool down completely before you slice it, otherwise it will get soggy inside. 

While cooling down, I am sure it will sing to you the same it did to me. I usually keep it wrapped in parchment paper, on the kitchen counter.

It is good for up to 3 days, unless you eat it on the first day, as we sometimes do. Perfect for sandwiches.

No knead bread- slice of bread with butter on it

SECRET: If you want to bake the bread the same day, instead of adding cold water to the flour, add warm water at about 96-100F temperature. 

Follow the same process and let it rise for about 3 hours. The warm water will speed up the process of rising.

Troubleshooting:

My bread is slightly wet inside.

There are various reasons the bread is soggy inside:

  1. The oven is not calibrated– The temperature fluctuates and the bread bakes too much on the outside, while the middle stays uncooked.
  2. You didn’t measure the flour or the water correctly. I keep saying that a scale is better than using cups. 1 cup all purpose flour should be about 125g. Too little flour will make the bread soggy and an undercooked interior.
  3. You did not wait for the bread to cool down completely. If you cut into it too soon, be prepared to have a soggy crumb.
  4. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the bread inside. It should be somewhere between 200-210F.

How to store the no knead bread:

I usually keep it wrapped in parchment paper, on the kitchen counter.

It is good for up to 3 days, unless you eat it on the first day, as we sometimes do. Perfect for sandwiches.

Old bread is perfect for making your own croutons that are perfect for soup.

Can I make no knead bread without a Dutch oven?

If you don’t have a cast iron Dutch oven pot, any pot will work as long as you have a safe lid to cover it.

The covered pot will keep the steam/moisture inside and the bread will bake like in a professional oven creating that beautiful crust.

Enjoy the easiest and THE MOST DELICIOUS BREAD YOU WILL EVER TASTE!

Yield: 1 loaf

No Knead Bread-The Simple Way To Make Delicious Bread

No knead bread baked coming out of the oven

No Knead Bread- The simple way to make delicious bread from scratch. Easy to make, this bread will bring out the baker in you!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Inactive Time 18 hours
Total Time 18 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grab a bowl and place the flour, salt and yeast together.
  2. Stir them together.
  3. Add the water and mix with a spoon or by hand to incorporate the water into the flour.
  4. Do not overmix and do not add more flour. The dough is supposed to be wet.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  6. Let it rise at room temperature for 12-18 hours. More time, better results.
  7. The next day, preheat the oven to 450F and place the cast iron pot inside the oven. You need it blazing hot.
  8. Dust the work surface with flour and place the dough on it.
  9. Flatten the dough and wrap it like an envelope by bringing the sides toward the middle.
  10. Cover the bottom of a bowl with parchment paper.
  11. Place the dough on the parchment paper and let it rise again, covered, for about 25-30minutes.
  12. Grab the parchment paper with the dough and place it in the hot cast iron pot.
  13. Cover with the lid and place the pot in the oven.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes at 450F.
  15. Remove the lid(carefully) and bake the bread uncovered for another 20 minutes until the surface of the bread reaches the desirable color(golden brown or dark brown). Use a thermometer to check the temperature inside the bread that should be 200-210F.
  16. Allow it to cool on a metal rack for at least an hour.
  17. Keep it covered on the kitchen counter for up to 3 days. Use the leftovers to make croutons.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

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Steve

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Thank you for this recipe. I've made it twice now and both times the finished product feels slivhtly sticky inside once cooled and sliced. Is this normal? The texture is a little wierd, almost boarding on an English style crumpet.

The Bossy Kitchen

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Hi, there are a few reasons why this is happening to you: 1. You cut the bread while still hot. 2. Too much water and not enough flour. I added the amounts of water and flour in grams and also in ounces. A good scale would help measuring the ingredients correctly. Cups are not always reliable. 3. The oven is not calibrated. The bread might bake too fast on the outside and not enough inside. 4. Use a thermometer to check the bread inside. It should be somewhere between 200-210F.If it is lower than that, you need to bake it more.

Linda Graff

Friday 26th of October 2018

Was wondering if I wanted to make a long loaf of bread but it won’t fit inside the pot I have, can I use a cookie sheet and foil to bake? Thank r just put on baking pan and how much ch time to bake it, (kinda the size of a skinny French loaf) Thank you, Linda

The Bossy Kitchen

Friday 26th of October 2018

I guess you can do that, just make sure the foil allows the bread to rise. The reason you would use a covered Dutch oven or a pot that is covered is to create a steamy environment for the bread to rise and get that crisp crust. If you use the same amount of ingredients, I would bake it as long as the recipe tells you. However, because I never tried your method, I cannot tell you that you will get the same results.