No knead bread is a game-changer for home bakers and beginners alike. Developed by Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery, this method became popular for its simplicity and minimal hands-on time. Unlike traditional bread recipes, there's no need to spend time kneading. The long fermentation period allows gluten to develop naturally, resulting in a flavorful, crusty loaf that's perfect for any meal.

no knead bread

Ingredients and Tools


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 5/8 cups water (room temperature)


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Plastic wrap or a clean towel
  • Parchment paper
  • Dutch oven or heavy pot with lid
  • Oven mitts

Step-by-Step Instructions

Mixing the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Add the water and stir until blended. The dough will be sticky and shaggy—this is normal.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Let it rest at room temperature for 12-18 hours. The dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles.

First Rise

  1. After the initial rise, lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it.
  2. Sprinkle a little more flour on the dough and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for about 15 minutes.

Shaping and Second Rise

  1. Shape the dough into a ball by tucking the edges under to create surface tension.
  2. Place the dough seam-side down on a piece of parchment paper. Cover with a towel and let rise for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.


  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Place your Dutch oven or heavy pot with its lid in the oven as it preheats.
  2. Carefully remove the pot from the oven using oven mitts. Lift the dough using the parchment paper and place it into the hot pot.
  3. Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.


  • Over-proofing: If the dough collapses when you touch it, it's over-proofed. Reduce the rising time for the next attempt.
  • Under-baking: If the bread is doughy inside, increase the baking time by 5-10 minutes.

Variations and Add-Ins

  • Herbs: Add 1-2 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.
  • Cheese: Incorporate 1/2 cup of shredded cheese into the dough.
  • Seeds: Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of seeds (like sesame or flax) on top before baking.

Serving and Storing

  • Serving: Allow the bread to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Serve with butter, olive oil, or your favorite spreads.
  • Storing: Store in a paper bag at room temperature for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze the bread in a plastic bag for up to three months.


No knead bread is an easy and rewarding method for anyone looking to bake delicious homemade bread. Give it a try and share your creations with us on social media using #HomeBakedBread. Happy baking!

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