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no knead bread with butter ready to eat

No Knead Bread

  • Total Time: 4 hours 23 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


This is probably the easiest Artisan Bread out there and looks so impressive no one will believe that you made it in less that 20 minutes of hands on time.


  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour, plus a little more when shaping it
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 1½ cups Hot Water (DO NOT boil- should measure in at 125-130F)


  1. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a little well in the center of the mixture with your finger and place the dry yeast inside. Heat up your water to 125-130F. We actually use a digital temperature gun instead of a normal thermometer ( I prefer to use this especially in other recipes when heating up oils for frying). Pour in the heated up water and stir until well combined and mounding in the center of the bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for a minimum of 3 hours.
    plastic wrap covering the dough
  3. After waiting at least 3 hours the dough will become puffy with some small holes in the top (that's the yeast doing its job).
  4. Transfer the dough to a floured surface. I love my pastry board for this part.
    dough on top of pastry board
  5. Sprinkle the dough with a little flour and using a pastry scraper, fold over the dough 8-10 times and shape into a ball. Next, place parchment paper into a separate bowl and put the dough ball into it. Cover with a kitchen towel for 30-35 minutes while you preheat your oven to 450F with your dutch oven inside. Make sure that your dutch oven has a oven safe lid.
  6. After the 30-35 minutes are up and your oven is heated to 450F take the dough still in the parchment paper and place it into the heated dutch oven, score a X on the top of the dough with a sharp knife or lame, return the lid and bake for 30 minutes. The scoring allows a place for the dough to separate evenly at the top and not on the side.
  7. After 30 minutes, take the lid off the dutch oven and continue to bake for about 8 minutes (times may vary, so keep an eye on it). This will give it that final crunchy crust and golden color.
    artisan bread cooking in the oven
  8. Remove the whole thing from the oven and take the loaf out along with the parchment paper and place on a cooling rack or cutting board. Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing into the bread as it is still finishing cooking.
  9. A word of warning: this no knead artisan bread will become something that you must have in your life at all times. So don't be surprised if you're suddenly eating fresh bread weekly. Oh, and as a bonus it can be frozen for later.
    no knead bread ready cooling
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 38 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 1368

Keywords: bread