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No Knead Artisan Bread

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This No Knead Artisan Bread recipe creates a delicious crusty bread with a soft center, that comes out perfect every time. It is the perfect bread recipe for beginners or if you are just wanting to bake a simple loaf without having to use a sourdough starter.


This No Knead Artisan Bread recipe was one of the very first no-fail bread style recipes I tried when I began baking bread. I have since developed my own variation that I am sharing with you. It uses the basic idea of using a quick active starter yeast in place of a sourdough starter. This way, you can skip the all-important aspect of kneading dough and have a delicious loaf of homemade bread on your table with little effort.

If you are new to bread baking it can be overwhelming to see all the techniques available out there. This is a great one to start with that will allow you to make good bread right out the gate. When you want to take your bread baking to the next level be sure to check out my simple tutorial for making a Sourdough Starter right at home. You can also find my recipe for a Sourdough Loaf that is a perfect one to try using a sourdough starter.

Why I Love This No-Knead Artisan Bread

For as long as I have been baking bread I still come back to this original recipe. A recipe that got me over the reluctance of baking bread. For a long time, I had this idea that only the most skilled at baking were the ones that would be able to bake fresh delicious bread at home. I have since realized of course that this is not the case.

You can certainly bake great bread without much baking experience. This is especially so for this No-Knead Artisan Bread recipe. It takes the guesswork out of it. It also allows you to bake bread on the same day. No kneading, rising, and waiting. And certainly no use of a fed sourdough starter. So for me. Whether you are a beginner bread baker or an expert. Recipes like this one are incredibly useful to have.

What You’ll Need To Make This No-Knead Artisan Bread

3/4 tsp (3g) instant yeast

3 cups (419g) all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp (9g) salt

1 ½ cups (360g) room temp water

Parchment paper

(A dutch oven or a pot with a lid that can handle a high temp)

Directions

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients either mixing with your hand or a large spoon. Once the dough forms it will appear somewhat stringy and that’s ok. Leave inside the bowl and top with a damped kitchen towel and place in a warm spot of your kitchen. 

artisan bread dough

Let it sit overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours.

bowl with tea towel over no-knead artisan bread dough

When the dough is ready. Turn your oven on 450℉ and place the dutch oven inside for about 30 minutes with the lid on. You are creating an oven inside an oven with this step which will give the loaf that bakery quality.

Please Note: Make sure you use oven mitts or proper oven cloths as this will be very hot when removing.
While your dutch oven is heating, sprinkle a surface with a little flour and shape the dough into a circular style loaf. Remember this is going into a dutch oven so it will be a round loaf.

Place the loaf onto a piece of parchment paper and top with the kitchen towel allowing it to do its final rise. Once the dutch oven has been heated remove it from the oven. Grabbing the sides of the parchment paper lift the loaf and place both the parchment paper and loaf directly inside the dutch oven. (This will help when removing the loaf.)

Place the lid back on top and place it inside the oven to bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, open the oven and remove the lid. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with the lid off. Let the loaf cool before slicing. 

Baking Notes For No-Knead Artisan Bread

For this recipe, I use unbleached all-purpose flour. This recipe does not need to be hand kneaded however you will need to shape the dough after it has properly risen on a floured surface. Allow the dough to rise after mixing for at least 8 hours.

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a loaf of easy artisan bread

Easy Artisan Bread | No Knead Recipe

Yield: 10 slices
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes

a simple no knead bread recipe that creates a crusty but soft loaf

Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp (3g) active instant yeast
  • 3 cups (419g) all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ (9g)tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups (360g) room temp water

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients either mixing with your hand or a large spoon.
  2. Once the dough forms it will appear somewhat stringy and that’s ok. Leave inside the bowl and top with a tea towel and place in a warm spot in your kitchen.
  3. Let it sit overnight or for at least 8 hours. 
  4. When the dough is ready. Turn your oven on 450℉ and place the dutch oven inside for about 30 minutes with the lid.
  5. You are creating an oven inside an oven with this step which will give the loaf that bakery quality. Please Note: Make sure you use oven mitts or proper oven cloths as this will be very hot when removed.
  6. While your dutch oven is heating, sprinkle a surface with a little flour and shape the dough into a circular style loaf.
  7. Place the loaf onto a piece of parchment paper and top with the kitchen towel allowing it to do its final rise. 
  8. Once the dutch oven has been heated remove it from the oven.
  9. Grabbing the sides of the parchment paper lift the loaf and place both the parchment paper and loaf directly inside the dutch oven. (This will help when removing the loaf.) Place the lid back on top and place it inside the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes, open the oven and remove the lid.
  11. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with the lid off. Let the loaf cool before slicing. 

Notes

Tools You May Need:

Dutch Oven

Parchment Paper

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

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