No Knead Bread: An Easy and Delicious Recipe
Bread is one of the oldest and most widely consumed foods in the world, and for good reason. It’s versatile, delicious, and filling. However, many people are intimidated by the idea of making bread from scratch. They worry about the time and effort required to knead the dough and get it just right. But with this recipe for no knead bread, you can have freshly baked bread on your table without all the hard work.
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast, active or rapid rise will work as well.
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 ½ cups barely warm water, 100° F
- 3 cups bread flour, 360 grams
- 2 teaspoons salt, see notes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
See notes for making this without a Dutch oven.
Note: The dough in this recipe is sticky, gently handle with a silicone spatula throughout this process. (Not your hands.)
Combine the yeast, sugar, and water in a small bowl. Cover with saran wrap and let sit for 5 minutes.
Combine the flour and salt and stir to combine. Add the olive oil and water/yeast mixture and use a silicone spatula to combine until all of the flour is moist. The dough will be sticky.
Roughly shape into a ball and be sure to spray the top with cooking spray. Cover with saran wrap, and then with a dish towel. Let rise for 2-3 hours, until at least doubled in size. See notes for rising tips.
Optional step after rising: Transfer to the fridge for up to 3 days to develop more flavor. It will rise more, and may eventually deflate slightly, but that’s okay. After refrigerating, proceed with the steps below.
Use a silicone spatula to scrape the dough out of the bowl and turn it onto a sheet of floured parchment paper.
Use a silicone spatula to fold the dough onto itself, by taking the outer edges and folding them into the middle, until a sturdier ball is formed.
Spray with nonstick cooking spray, and cover loosely with saran wrap. Let it rest/rise for 45 minutes while you preheat the oven.
Preheat the oven to 425° F and place the Dutch oven inside, uncovered. (Verify that this is an acceptable practice with your brand of Dutch oven, some advise against preheating it with nothing inside.)
Remove the saran wrap from the dough. Using oven mitts, remove the Dutch oven from the oven.
Lift the parchment paper and carefully lower the parchment paper and dough into the Dutch oven. Close the lid right away and transfer it to the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes. Remove it from the oven and use a pastry brush to distribute 1 tablespoon of butter over the top, until melted. This will help it achieve a golden-brown color.
Return it to the oven, uncovered, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Allow the bread to cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing in.
- Be sure to use active dry yeast for this recipe, not instant yeast.
- If your dough is very wet and sticky after resting, you can add a little more flour to make it easier to handle.
- You can also add in other ingredients such as herbs, cheese, or nuts to the dough before letting it rest for added flavor.
- Use a kitchen scale to measure out the flour for more precise results.
- If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can use a large oven-safe pot with a lid or even a cast-iron skillet with a lid.
- For an extra crispy crust, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough before placing it in the preheated pot.
No knead bread is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, but it can also be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to keep it for longer, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month.
This recipe yields a loaf of bread that serves 8 people. Each serving contains approximately 172 calories, 0.4g fat, 36g carbohydrates, 1.1g fiber, and 5g protein. It’s a great option for those who are watching their calorie intake or looking for a low-fat bread option.
In conclusion, no knead bread is an easy and delicious way to make fresh bread at home without all the hard work of kneading. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can have a delicious loaf of bread that’s perfect for sandwiches, toast, or just eating on its own. So go ahead and give this recipe a try, you won
This is an easy one and oh so good.
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