No Knead Bread

No knead loaf baked in a Le Creuset dutch oven

Bread made without needing to knead the dough. This is probably the EASIEST way to make bread! No kneading, not much active time actually MAKING the bread.

The important thing to remember when making this recipe is to start the night before since it has to rest overnight.

Between the initial mixing of ingredients and shaping, then baking, it will take about 15-23 hours. However, the actual hands on time is around 20 minutes.

This recipe will give you a very tasty loaf of bread with little effort on your part. I’m sure everyone has a mixing bowl in the kitchen cabinet…the one thing you might need is an oven proof vessel to bake the bread in. I have attached links below on the ones I have and use.

*For the cast iron and ceramic pots, you will need to place them in the cold oven and preheat the oven with the pots(covered) inside.*

*For the silicone bread maker, you can place the shaped dough in it, clip the top, let it rise, and place in a preheated oven to bake.*

You will need:

3 cups bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons salt (i used less, somewhere between 3/4 to 1 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon yeast

1 3/8 cups of water

a dutch oven or a bread pot

How to make it:

Place flour, salt, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon while adding water until a soft dough forms. Cover with a plastic wrap and prove for 12-18 hours at room temperature. 

Tip dough out onto a floured surface and fold over a few times. Just pull the edges toward the center of the dough and push down. Shape into a ball. Cover and prove for another 15-30 minutes.

No knead bread baked in an Emile Henry Bread Pot

Lightly shape the dough into a ball and place in a banetton lined with a floured couche (in a pinch, a bowl can be used in place of the banetton, a dishcloth floured generously can replace the couche) then cover with a dish cloth. Let rise for about 30 minutes, until doubled.

*If using the silicone bread maker, place the shaped dough directly in in, clip the top and cover with a dishcloth. Let rise.*

Preheat oven to 450F and place a dutch oven or a ceramic bread pot inside while the oven heats up about 15-25 minutes

Carefully remove the dutch oven or bread pot from the oven, remove the cover, transfer dough in, and immediately replace the lid.

No knead bread baked in a Lekue Silicone bread maker

*If using the silicone bread maker, just remove the dishcloth, place it in the preheated oven and bake as directed. Unclip the top the last 10 minutes to brown the loaf evenly.*

Place it back into the oven and bake 30-45 minutes, removing the lid the last 10-15 minutes of baking to brown the loaf.

Carefully remove from the oven and place bread onto a wire rack to cool.


Lodge Enamel Dutch oven
Le Creuset 5.5 qt Dutch Oven
Emile Henry Bread Pot
Luekue Bread maker

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