This super easy homemade no knead artisan bread recipe is perfect for busy people with no time to fuss.
This homemade no knead artisan bread recipe was one I knew I had to try. Years ago there was a no knead 5 minute artisan bread recipe everyone was making. The inquisitive side of me had to really see if it was possible to make bread in 5 minutes.
After seeing video after video and post after post I decided to try my hand at it. This bread was simple to make and you didn’t have to knead but it doesn’t take 5 minutes. The dough takes about 8 to 12 hours to rise then an additional 45 minutes to bake.
Since most of the time needed is hands of time it’s works well for me. I don’t feel like after 2 hours or even 6 hours I have to run to check on my dough. It’s also a really a simple recipe with just a few ingredients.
Of course the no-knead part is what works for me. Sometimes with baking you can overwork the dough and then it’s tough and not so tasty. So a no-knead dough is great for me because I’d probably obsess and over knead.
And also, “Woo Hoo, no knead means I don’t get my hands dirty!” Because I never know when I might have to grab a child running by. And when you see how wet this dough is you will be happy to keep your hands out of it.
Why This Recipe Works
- 5 minutes of prep.
- No kneading the dough.
- Steam from dutch oven helps it rise.
- Forgiving recipe (old yeast or not enough flour ok).
- Bubbles in dough lets you know it’s working.
- No need to babysit the dough.
Another great trick is to make this bread in your dutch oven or ceramic pot. The lid on the dutch oven/pot creates a bunch of steam which helps to create that crusty crust. I like to toss some pink Himalayan sea salt on top.
This is a really forgiving recipe so no need (ha, ha need) to fret if you’ve added a bit too much yeast or too much flavor. In the end, it all works itself out.
When you are comfortable making your own bread then you know it’s time to Jazz It Up. Try experimenting with some of the flavors below
- Garlic and Parmesan
- Garlic and Cheddar
- Olive Oil and Rosemary
Add additional ingredients to your no knead bread recipe during step 2.
No Knead Artisan Bread
- 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoons yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
additional flour or cornmeal for dusting
- Warm the 1 1/2 cups water (body temperature) no hotter than 110 degrees F.
- In a large bowl mix yeast, flour and salt using a whisk or a fork. Using a silicon spatula begin to stir in water. Mix in water until flour mixture is completely wet. The dough will be shaggy and sticky.
- Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel. Let the dough set at room temperature for about 12 hours. You can let it sit for up to 24 hours. You’ll know the dough is ready because you will see little bubbles all through the dough.
- Dust dough with flour and use your spatula or hands to gently pull dough from the sides of the bowl then to lift the edges of the dough into the center of the dough (this is just to help give it some shape). Turn dough onto parchment paper seam side down and the return dough to bowl. Dust dough with flour then cover with a towel. And let it rise for an additional hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place dutch oven, (pyrex or ceramic pot) on the bottom rack in oven.
- Carefully, remove pot from oven. Uncover the dough then use the parchment paper to move the dough to the(hot) dutch oven. Careful not to touch the pot. Bake the bread for 30 minutes with the lid on.
- Remove the lid from the pot and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Be careful when removing bread from pot. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
One of the perks of making fresh bread is that it’s warm and delicious. Also, if you are making if for a get together you can fill it with whatever deliciousness you can think of. Like spinach and artichoke dip or chili. You could even make the bread and with it with fondue.
Would you fill this bread with a tasty dip or would you slice it and slather it with a delicious garlic herb butter? Let me know.
Made with love,