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No Knead Artisan Bread

No knead bread
No knead bread

I wish I had found this No Knead Bread recipe a long time ago, it would have saved me an astounding amount of trips to the bakery (in my household, bread is as necessary and consumed as regularly as water). This bread is not just any regular loaf... it looks and tastes like authentic artisanal bread with a golden crispy crust and soft moist interior. My husband says it reminds him of the pain de campagne or country bread he grew up eating, a rustic circular loaf very common in France. There are few things as satisfying as this warm bread from your very own oven...

I stumbled onto the recipe at Simply So Good, which is an adaptation of the original recipe by Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery. A simple online search shows this recipe has been published over and over and over again (where have I been?!)... but if you haven't run into it either, here it is... Bon appétit!

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water

Heat-safe pot with a lid
Plastic wrap
Rubber spatula (optional)
Parchment paper (optional)

In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, salt and yeast. Incorporate the water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 12-18 hours at room temperature. After the dough rests, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. When it reaches that temperature, place your pot with the lid in the oven and pre-heat the pot for 30 minutes. While the pot is pre-heating, place the dough on a floured surface and form into a circle. Cover with plastic wrap while the pot continues to heat. Remove the pot from the oven and place the dough in the pot, cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered. Remove bread from the oven and allow to cool (or dive right in!)

- I use a 5 1/2 quart Le Creuset cast iron pot, but any heat-safe pot with a lid will work (i.e. Pyrex, Stainless steel, clay pot, etc).
- If you don't have rapid rise yeast, regular yeast will work but it needs to be activated.
- Mixing the dough: my first loaf came out beautifully, but my husband made one small change to our second loaf to try and make the dough more "airy". Instead of just mixing the water with the dry ingredients, he used a whisk and "whipped" the water into the flour mix a little bit at a time to allow more air into the mix.
- The best way to keep the dough from sticking to the pot is to form the loaf on a sheet of parchment paper and lift the dough into the pan using the sides of the parchment. You can leave the paper in the pan. I cut any of the paper sticking out of the pot before putting on the lid. When the bread is done cooking, just lift the sides of the parchment out of the pan. The pot comes out pristine, no clean up at all!
- When handling the dough after it has rested for 12-18 hours, try to manipulate it as little as possible when shaping it into a ball before putting it into the pot (this will help from creating a flat dense loaf).
- I use a spatula to move the dough from the bowl to the parchment paper. It comes away fairly easily and you end up with no sticky fingers.

For extensive reader tips, Simply So Good has hundreds to pore over.


  1. the image looks the parchment paper idea♥

  2. Wow - it looks amazing and sounds wonderful!

  3. So glad you posted this - I have been waiting ever since you posted those gorgeous shots on IG! I can't wait to try it.
    And while I have a clay pot with a lid, I just may *have* to get the le Cruset cast iron pot....

    1. So excited for you to try this Shirley! Oh I love my blue Le Creuset, it's my go-to for everything (soups, pasta, spaghetti sauce,... and now bread ;) Enjoy!

  4. I haven't made bread in awhile -- this looks fabulous. Really love how you photographed this.

  5. Confessions of a bread baking a-phobic... While I love cooking & baking, the B word has been the dark abyss I dare not risk reentry as my 1st. attempt, a disaster & to this day I shudder at the very sight of a yeast packet. Mock if you will but those seemingly innocent home-spun looking little packets/cakes spell 'FEAR' to the inept [a.k.a. Moi`}. That said, I'm thrilled & ever so grateful to find your generous post! It was like a blinding ray of hope filled me and whispered "go and bake bread, you can do it this time, and always share your loaves".. Many thanks to you, {St.} Cathrine

    1. Why thank you Ann... so glad you're back to baking bread (and sharing loaves :)

  6. You are a gifted bread photographer! :) It looks incredible. I feel like I can smell the fresh bread from here. (

  7. Fantastic! Although I have made bread rolls in the past, this looks like the actual "grown-up" version of bread ;-). I am planning on trying it tomorrow, it will make easing into the new week much more pleasurable. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the gorgeous pictures, Catherine.

    1. You're very welcome Daydreamer. Your home will smell divine... enjoy it :) p.s. We're on our fourth loaf and love being able to make our own bread so much that we're now scouting for a brioche recipe!

  8. This looks good enough to eat, Catherine - though almost too "pretty" to cut! I have this recipe on my Pinterest board, but I don't have a suitable pot. May have to invest in one!

  9. Looks incredible! I would love to try this. I think I will!

  10. I have made this recipe twice now...EVERYBODY loves the bread. This is a fool-proof best artisan bread!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing.


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