Homemade Artisan No Knead Bread


This no knead bread is perfectly crusty on the outside, with a fluffy interior that’s just begging for some creamy butter. Try it with your dinner tonight!


If you think crusty artisan bread is only available from the bakery… get ready to think again!  This no knead bread is made incredibly easy, and is easy to customize with add-ins for different flavor combinations!

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Are you a fan of those breads from the grocery store’s bakery department, you know, the one’s with that deliciously crunchy crust and soft, fluffy inside?  Yep, this bread tastes just like that.  Personally, I think it tastes even better!!  It sounds fancy and complicated, but trust me on this one, it’s not.  In fact, there’s no kneading whatsoever!

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I always thought homemade breads were complicated… involving a bunch of steps and rises.  Granted, there are some breads like that… but this bread just isn’t one of them.

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BUT SERIOUSLY… NO KNEADING??

Absolutely none!  No stand mixer needed… just a bowl and a wooden spoon.

The night before you want to make the bread, you mix up your flour, salt, yeast and water with a big spoon.  I like to make this a Parmesan and rosemary bread, so I also stirred in some minced rosemary and a handful of shredded Parmesan cheese.

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Looks kind of ugly doesn’t it?  Now just cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit out on your counter overnight and throughout the next day.  So there is a bit of prep with this bread, in that you have to plan ahead and make it the night before.  But that’s the only “work” there is with this bread.  Seriously.

Homemade Artisan No-Knead Bread | Perfectly crusty on the outside, with a soft fluffy inside, this no knead bread is perfect with any dinner! | https://thechunkychef.com

After it’s rested for a good 18 hours or so, flour your hands and cutting board really well.  Turn out your dough onto your cutting board and roughly shape it into a ball.  Drop the ball into a preheated dutch oven and bake.  That’s it!

WHAT OTHER FLAVORS CAN I MAKE?

The sky is really the limit here!  It’s great plain, and obviously with the parmesan and rosemary, but here are some additional flavor options!

  • Cheddar cheese and crumbled cooked bacon
  • Roasted garlic cloves
  • Sun-dried tomatoes (diced up) and basil
  • Diced olives
  • Cheddar cheese and jalapeños

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Look at that amazing texture!  All those little nooks and crannies are just begging for some creamy salted butter or to be dipped in a soup/stew!

Here are some great recipes to go with this no knead bread:

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The next time you’re craving a loaf of homemade crusty bread, give this no knead bread recipe a try… I really think you’ll love it!


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5 from 7 votes
6 servings
Homemade Artisan No Knead Bread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 


Calories: 304 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature water
  • 1/3 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, salt, yeast, cheese and rosemary.  Pour in water, use a wooden spatula to combine.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on your counter for 12-18 hours (I've even done up to 24 hours).

  2. When ready to bake your bread, preheat oven to 450 F degrees. Add cast iron dutch oven (with the lid on) to the oven, so it preheats along with the oven itself.

  3. Flour your hands, counter/cutting board, and sprinkle some flour over the top of the dough itself.  Remove dough from bowl and shape it into a rough ball shape.  Drop ball of dough into the preheated pot, cover with lid and return to the oven.

  4. Bake, with the lid on, for 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crusty.

  5. Bread should remove easily from the pot, so take bread out and let cool completely before slicing.

Recipe Notes
  1. Dough will be sticky, and unlike any traditional kneaded bread dough.
  2. Preheating the dutch oven is important, as it makes sure the dough doesn't stick to the bottom.  If you want a little extra assurance, sprinkle a bit of flour or cornmeal on the bottom before adding the dough.
  3. I like to use a smaller dutch oven, about 3.5 qt, so the dough rises upwards and yields a higher loaf.  Using a larger dutch oven means the dough will spread out more and won't be as high, although still just as tasty.  It's all about how you want the bread to look.
  4. Make sure your yeast is not expired.  Even if you've never opened the yeast, it can lose it's effectiveness over time.  I like to buy smaller packets of yeast so I can use them before they go bad.

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32 comments on “Homemade Artisan No Knead Bread”

  1. This is the best recipe for the crusty bread!

  2. Can this bread be made with sprouted whole wheat flour.

  3. MY FAMILY ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BREAD!!! I made it IN THE SAME WEEK!! The first was a Basil Parmesan, then it was an Italian, after that a cinnamon raisin

  4. I’d like to try this but don’t have a dutch oven .Are there any alternatives?

    • If you don’t have a Dutch Oven, a covered metal pot would work as well, just make sure it can stand the high heat. If your pot doesn’t have a lid, you can cover the pot with heavy-duty aluminum foil, just make sure you seal the pot really well.

  5. Took a loaf and some wonderful jelly down the street to welcome the new neighbors. Six months later we are having a BB~Q, I asked what I could bring, she said another loaf of bread. It is wonderful, thank you.

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  10. Have you tried this recipe with whole wheat flour?

  11. If I do not have a 3.5 qt Dutch oven, can I double the recipe for a 6 at oven?

  12. Hi there!

    I just made this bread this morning, it smells amazing!! If I used a 5 qt Dutch oven could I double the recipe to achieve the higher loaf with the bigger pot?

    If so, how would you suggest I adapt the cooking time?

    Thanks! I can’t wait to try it!

    Colleen

    • Hi Colleen 🙂 It’s amazing how great fresh bread smells isn’t it? I think doubling it in the 5 qt should work just fine (although I’ve never tried it so I can’t say for sure). I would still bake it covered for 30-35 minutes, and check to see if it’s risen and has a crust starting to form. If it has, go ahead and remove the lid and bake as directed (adding maybe 5-10 minutes). You’ll know it’s done baking when you tap on the top and sides and it makes a sort of hollow sound. I’d love to hear how it all works out!

      • Hi there!

        I just made this again doubling the recipe and it came out fantastic!

        I increased the time with the lid off to 25 minutes and it is absolutely perfect, nice and tall! I would have included a picture of it but this format doesn’t seem to let me do that 🙁

        Thanks for the advice, by far my favorite and easiest recipe!

        Colleen

  13. Wow, my mouth is watering!!!

  14. Amanda, I notice that you don’t say how long to let the yeast bread mixture sit on the counter before baking. You just say, “when you are ready to bake, ” Similar recipes suggest letting the yeast mixture sit for numerous hours – 8-24 – so I just wondered if your recipe required this amount of time as well? I’ve tried making one recipe for this Crusty Bread and it DID NOT turn out so I’m going to try it again, perhaps using your recipe. So I just wanted to clarify your recipe a little – thank you.

  15. Hi, This bread looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it this week. I just wanted to clarify that I don’t need to add the yeast to water and let it set before mixing everything together?

  16. I love these type of breads… one of these days I’m going to make a loaf or two!
    I’m pretty sure they’ll be eaten up quickly!

  17. This looks so delicious! I recently discovered your blog through Pinterest and have already happily made several recipes with great success! One question though-I don’t have a cast iron dutch oven, but I do have an All-Clad dutch oven-6 qt. that can go in the oven-do you think that would work? Or is the cast iron the secret?

    • Hi Gina 🙂 I’m so glad you loved the recipes you’ve tried!! I’ve never made this in anything other than my cast iron, but I think as long as it’s oven safe and has a lid, it should be okay 🙂

  18. Nothing beats homemade bread and that looks perfect!

  19. I love that this bread is no-knead!

  20. Freshly baked bread is my weakness, and I can’t wait to make this!

  21. I seriously never knew it could be this easy to make! Definitely trying it!

  22. I’ll have to try this one!