Easy No-Knead Bread

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Easy and tasty no-knead bread

Easy and tasty no-knead bread

I’m just going to say it… I love bread!  Which means I never keep it in my house.  If I ever have beautiful artisan bread in my house, it rarely lasts longer than an entire day – yes, I’m ashamed to say that means I can eat an entire loaf in a day.

My talented friend Diane is an incredible baker.  She’s always bringing in her stunning loaves of bread into work and taunts the entire office with that warm, rich and delightful fresh baked smell.  Myself, I usually don’t have much luck with baking but I thought I’d get some advice from Diane about an easy bread that I may have some success with.  Diane suggested a no-knead bread so I came home and looked up some recipes online until I found this recipe on Frugal Living NW. Overall I thought the recipe was great but personally,  I like something with a bit more flavour so I added asiago cheese, garlic, rosemary and a touch of oregano to the recipe the next time I made it and it was to die for.  Now I make this whenever I have at least a days notice that we’re having company. This also makes a wonderful gift to take when attending dinner parties – always a hit!

Here’s the recipe:

Basic No-Knead Bread
slightly adapted from Jim Lahey’s My Bread

6 cups bread flour (recommended) or all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1/2 t. instant or active-dry yeast
2 1/2 t. salt
2 2/3 c. cool water

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated; (THIS WOULD BE WHERE YOU COULD ADD ANY EXTRA FLAVOURS OR INGREDIENTS YOU’D LIKE) the dough should be wet and sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 12-18 hours on the counter at room temperature. When surface of the risen dough has darkened slightly, smells yeasty, and is dotted with bubbles, it is ready.
  2. Lightly flour your hands and a work surface. Place dough on work surface and sprinkle with more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice and, using floured fingers, tuck the dough underneath to form a rough ball.
  3. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with enough flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran to prevent the dough from sticking to the towel as it rises; place dough seam side down on the towel and dust with more flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran. Cover with the edges or a second cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.
  4. After about 1 1/2 hours, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot, such as a cast-iron Dutch oven, in the oven as it heats. When the dough has fully risen, carefully remove pot from oven. Remove top towel from dough and slide your hand under the bottom towel; flip the dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough looks unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  5. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes, until the crust is a deep chestnut brown. The internal temperature of the bread should be around 200 degrees. You can check this with a meat thermometer, if desired.
  6. Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.



5 Comments on Easy No-Knead Bread

  1. Teri
    March 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM (8 years ago)

    YUM! I can’t wait to try this! Great blog & I’m happy to be a new follower from the blog hop! I’d love it if you’d check out my blog.

    Teri from http://ablittlelife.blogspot.com

    • Jamey
      March 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM (8 years ago)

      Thanks so much! It’s likely going to be slow going at the beginning but you have to start somewhere! I’ve started following you too! Thanks again!
      ~ Jamey

  2. Anya @ SAS-does
    April 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM (8 years ago)

    I’ve been meaning to bake bread over the winter months but never got a chance to do so. Your recipe looks easy enough so I just might give breadmaking a try!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    P.S. Your brand new blog is super cute! I’ll be coming back to check for more recipes/DIYs and other fun stuff you share.

    • Jamey
      April 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM (8 years ago)

      Yes it’s easy – if I can make it anyone can. Let me know how it turns out.

      Thanks for your feedback on my blog, I’m enjoying it so much more than I imagined. If only I had more hours in a day to work on it 🙂

      ~ Jamey

  3. Penny
    January 13, 2015 at 12:56 PM (6 years ago)

    Has anyone tried this recipe yet. I was wondering how it turned out. Looks like something I would really enjoy doing.


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