This bread will make you look like a kitchen boss, make no mistake about it. While you will find recipes everywhere for this ….. and they all tell you to let the dough sit for anywhere from 12-18 hours I am here to tell you you can fake it with as much time as you’ve got! Yes, you may get a “better” result in that length of time, but throw it together the same afternoon you want to eat it and it will still be a miracle.
You want to know how forgiving this is? Stella said we needed bread with the spaghetti we were having for dinner ………. so today I tossed it all together about 3:30, let it sit for an hour, and then proceeded with the baking. It was still amazing!!
I’ve been studying these recipes for no knead bread, mistrusting the whole concept. After all, generally speaking I do things the long way …. you know that, right? I think of my kitchen time as yoga, peaceful, calming and S L O W ….. Well, this hit all those boxes except for the slow part …. but it worked so well with a late night dinner. Tuesdays the grandkids have gymnastics, and I don’t get home from taking them until after 6. So, beef stew leftovers just cried for something special like this to elevate dinner. The night before I prepped the dough (took all of maybe 5 minutes) and forgot about it until after gymnastics. Pop it into the oven and you won’t believe the results.
Craggy and crusty on the outside, delicate and textured inside. I’m hooked.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 1/2 cups room temperature water
- DOUGH PREP: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and yeast together until mixed. Stir in the water until a chunky, thick dough forms. If it needs a little more water, add a few more tablespoons, just enough to get it barely wet throughout. It’s gonna look scrappy and weird and you’re going to question me on whether or not this will work, but it will. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 12-18 hours at room temperature. Overnight is ideal here, kids.
That’s it folks! Stir in the room temperature water to your dry ingredients, and let it sit. Sure doesn’t look pretty here, but just wait …..
Look what happens after it sits overnight! Soft dough, little bubbles all over and through it.
- PREP FOR BAKING: When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450. Stick a 6 quart enamel coated cast iron Lodge Dutch Oven (or similar) in the oven for about 30 minutes to heat. At this point, the dough should be big and puffy and pretty loose, with little bubbles in it. Gently scrape the dough out onto a well-floured surface. (Remember: NO KNEAD.) Gently shape it into a ball with flour on the outside, set on a piece of parchment, and cover with plastic while your pan heats up.
Prep …. ha ha …. today that consists of tossing a little flour onto a piece of parchment paper, and then gently turn out your dough onto the flour. Roll it around just so that flour gets all over the surface, and under the dough. Leave it on the parchment, and gently lift the whole package by the parchment and set it into the heated pan.
- BAKE: Remove the plastic from the dough. Lift the dough and parchment together into the pan so the parchment lines the bottom of the hot pan (be careful not to touch the pan since it’s very hot). Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake another 10-15 minutes to get the exterior nice and golden brown and crispy. Voila! Done. Miracle no-knead bread, you boss you.
Just a little peek of it in the dutch oven ….. I was DYING until I could peek.
Oh my …. the flavour and texture of this bread were out of this world – we loved it.
Do yourself a favour, and make bread! This really will make you feel like a boss, go for it! I recently bought a loaf of bread from a specialty bakery. It was $7.00 a loaf, and while we thought it was great, try this for pennies …. just as delicious!
I know I’ve mentioned how easy and flexible this recipe is, but now I’m going to let you know how versatile! This beautiful loaf was made by my friend AJ, with 50% buckwheat flour. It’s gorgeous, and just makes me want to try other variations. Thanks AJ!
I’ve reprinted this recipe from “Pinch of Yum” after studying these recipes for months! Seems so strange to think of a bread that doesn’t require kneading, but this couldn’t be easier, and results in a great loaf of bread. While the entire text portion is lifted from “Pinch of Yum” I’ve taken my own photos, and I’m hooked on the whole idea. Thanks!