Easy No-Knead Homemade Bread
If you’re new to making your own homemade bread, this is hands down THE recipe to begin with.
It took me almost 30 years to try making bread because I figured it would be a labour-intensive process that was beyond my abilities. Human beings have been perfecting the art (and science) of bread-making for millennia! Who am I to mess that up, right?
This bread recipe was a game-changer though! Not only did it only require 3 simple ingredients (plus water), it can be whipped up in a bowl using an ordinary kitchen spoon and it comes out perfect every time.
It only takes a couple minutes to prepare and you don’t even have to touch the dough! Just mix flour, yeast and salt with a little warm water and let it rise.
Not only will it take you next to no time to prepare, it costs just pennies to make and has no added sugar, preservatives or other unwanted ingredients. Try it once and you will wonder why anyone pays upwards of $5.00 a loaf at the grocery store.
Artisan-Style Homemade Bread
This bread is a little bit denser and has much larger holes in it than than fluffy, uniform sandwich-style bread. Many people call this “artisan bread.” I have a little bit of a hard time with that since I believe the term “artisan” should be reserved for things made by people with real talent. This requires zero talent.
My recipe calls for white, all-purpose flour simply because that’s the type of flour that most people have on hand. But if you’d rather use whole-wheat it will work just as well. I haven’t tried it with other ancient grains (Einkorn, etc.) or gluten-free options as of yet.
You can also add toppings to this bread like cheese, herbs, olives or sundried tomatoes to add a little flavour and make this like the decadent artisan breads you might pick up at your local bakery, so feel free to get creative!
This is also a really nice bread to dip in olive oil and balsamic vinegar or as part of a spread or cheese board. Or as a base for French toast. Or just serve hot with butter and perhaps some homemade strawberry jam?? It also makes a great bread to make homemade stuffing out of for Thanksgiving (or any day, really). So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s really versatile and you just need to make it try it any which way you like!
Easy No-Knead Homemade Bread
- 3 cups of flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
- 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add water and mix with a spoon until ingredients are well combined (even if it looks a bit raggedy, that’s okay).
- Cover with a kitchen towel and let it sit on the counter at room temperature for anywhere between 8 to 24 hours (I usually let mine rise for the full 24 hours if I plan enough ahead of time).
- After the dough has risen (you will see it has expanded and bubbles have formed).
- Dump your dough onto a well-floured surface and, with well-floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Let it rest there for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 450° F.
- Put your dough ball into a deep baking dish and cover with a lid (or aluminum foil). Stick it in the oven to cook for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, take the lid (or foil) off and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve fresh from the oven with butter, or with a side of oil and vinegar for dipping!
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How warm is warm, for the water?
Lukewarm should do – you don’t want it too hot.
Does the flour need to be sifted or can you “scoop” from the container without it making the bread overly dense?
Hi Debra – sifting flour is usually done to ensure that any “lumps” are broken up and the measurement is more accurate. It can also help to ensure even mixing and aeration of the flour.
Can I use an enamel dutch oven with lid as my baking dish?
And should I dissolve the yeast in water first?
Yes! I often use an enamelled dutch oven for my bread baking. Just grease it first. With the yeast, you can either let it dissolve in water first and let it proof for 10 minutes or just throw all the ingredients in together all at once. I’ve tried both and haven’t noticed a huge difference in the results.