This No-Knead Bread recipe is one of my absolute favorite recipes ever. The bread is crusty on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, and it is so easy to make!
I have always loved to bake. And to eat. There are numerous pictures of me as a child with cake batter or cookie dough all over my face, and I haven’t stopped since then. Cookies are my specialty, although I have dabbled in it all. However the one thing I had not tried until last January was bread. Good ‘ol yeast bread. Just the thought of working with yeast scared me, and there were all of these scary words associated with baking bread, like proofing and rising and kneading. So I just never attempted it, until a long weekend visiting my aunt when she taught me that I didn’t need to be afraid of bread. That is was surprisingly easy. And I have been unstoppable ever since. I am obsessed with baking bread! The smell of fresh bread baking is intoxicating, and I feel so satisfied when it comes out of the oven. However if the thought of the whole process still scares you, I have the perfect recipe. No-knead bread, inspired by Jim Lahey
and America’s Test Kitchen.
It makes the perfect fluffy white bread with a thick crackly crust, and you don’t even have to knead the dough! Ok, you do have to touch it, but only a few times, I promise! All you need is time, because this dough needs to sit for 12-18 hours, and then another 2 hours before it bakes. I really think this no-knead bread recipe will change your (baking) life!
And all it takes are 4 simple ingredients. Bread Flour. Table Salt. Yeast. Water. and, a Dutch Oven.
I like to use King Arthur flour. I have used both active dry yeast and rapid rise, and they have both turned out fine. Mix together the ingredients, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it sit at room temperature for 12 – 18 hours. I like to make the dough on a weekend night before I go to bed. Then sometime the next morning or early afternoon I finish the process.
After 12-18 hours, the dough will have doubled in size, and the surface will be dotted with bubbles. This is when you actually have to touch the dough. But it really isn’t scary. I love the feel of the dough! Turn it out onto a well-floured board. Flour your hands, and fold the edges of the dough in toward the center to make a nice ball. That’s it!
When your bread starts to cool, it will make a crackling noise. be sure to listen to it! I have been known to make my husband come listen to my bread. I just love the sound. All recipes tell you to cool the bread before you slice it, but really, who can resist eating a warm piece of bread, spread with melty butter? Heaven.
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