No-Knead, No-Fuss, No-Mess, Oh-So-Delicious Bread

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No Knead Bread
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Imagine you’re in the kitchen, brewing your morning cup of coffee, when suddenly you think about having a delicious, sumptuous, crusty, soft piece of bread with tonight’s dinner. Nope, ain’t going to work. You’ll never have time to get all the ingredients, mix and knead everything, wait for it to rise, knead again, clean up, bake, and finally eat it, right? Wrong.

 

This is the story of four ingredients, a Dutch oven, a bowl, a towel, and an oven.

 

It’s 7 am, the water in the coffee maker is heating up, and you have 3 minutes to spare. Grab a bowl, add 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp RapidRise instant yeast, and 1-½ cups lukewarm water. Mix with a spoon until you get a gooey, shaggy mess. Put a towel over the bowl and set it on the counter. Now pour your coffee and go wherever you have to go.

No Knead Bread - bread dough
Bread dough (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

It’s 5 pm and you’re back home. Put the lid on the Dutch oven (either lined with parchment paper or sprinkled with some cornmeal), put it in the oven, and set it for 450°F. When your oven lets you know it has reached 450℉, take the really, really hot Dutch oven out, plop in the messy dough, put the lid back on, and let the magic happen. Thirty minutes later, remove the lid, smell the heavenly aroma, and let it bake for another 15-20 minutes until it’s nicely browned. Let it cool completely on a rack and get ready for some serious bread loving. 

 

UPDATE:  If you don’t have a Dutch oven, no problem! Use an oven-safe skillet instead! A half hour before you’re ready to bake, place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and with floured hands punch the dough, fold it a couple times, and let it rest another 30 minutes in an oiled bowl covered with a towel. Preheat your oven to 450℉, with the skillet inside the oven. After the 30 minutes are up, make a few score marks in the top of the dough, place it in the preheated skillet, and bake for about 40 minutes or until desired brownness. 

 

No-Knead Bread Ingredients

  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp RapidRise instant yeast
  • 1-1/2 c warm water
No Knead Bread - Baked bread in skillet (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Baked bread in skillet (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

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