Easy No Knead Bread

Thursday, April 2, 2020
This is the easiest no-knead bread recipe you will ever make and have freshly baked bread on your table in less than 3 hours.

The light and airy crispy dough are fantastic with any meal especially stews, chili and hot out of the oven slathered with butter.

Our family loves this bread recipe and it will make around 2 long french bread loaves or one large loaf.

You don't need an industrial mixer to make this fabulous bread and it comes out looking like you spent all day kneading it!

All you need is a very large glass bowl, a large spoon to mix the dough with, and yes it's that simple.

The bread bakes into a hard golden crust with a rustic-style finish and can be transformed into any style or shape you like depending on the pan you choose to use.

The smell will make your mouth water while it's baking, and it may not make it to the dinner table.

We love bread of all kinds and often make homemade pizza, pizza fritta (fried dough), mom's sausage bread and antipasto roll.

Scroll down and print off the recipe I now don't mind making bread for every meal it's so fast!

this is two loaves of no knead bread in a bread basket on a wooden board sliced

Easy Bread Recipe

When I first started making homemade bread years ago, I hardly had time for all the kneading and proofing the yeast, and as much as I love bread it was lots of work and yes worth the trouble.

This bread is super simple, fast and the results are astounding for flavor.

If you want something that's not fussy, you're pressed for time in the kitchen or don't have a fancy mixer, this is the best recipe you will ever find.

It comes out perfectly every time and I just love the results and if you have any leftover the next day this makes the best toast for breakfast.

this is two loaves of french no knead bread sliced with Kerry gold butter on it


  • Water must be just warm to the wrist not hot, not cold
  • Always use active dry yeast
  • Always line whatever you are baking this bread in with parchment paper
  • Bread is baked when you tap in the center and it sounds hollow
  • Store bread in a paper bag to keep the crust hard
  • Ensure your bread rises in a warm place away from drafts
  • Preheat oven around 30 minutes before baking 

this is a bowl of yeast and warm water proofing for no knead bread recipe

Tools You Will Need To Make Easy No-Knead Bread

  1. Glass measuring cup
  2. Large mixing spoon
  3. Measuring spoons
  4. Glass 8-quart bowl
  5. Spatula
  6. Measuring cups
  7. Various pans, round, cast iron, french bread pan, loaf pan, cake pan
  8. Parchment paper

this is a no knead bread mixture in a glass bowl

Ingredients You Will Need To Make No-Knead Bread

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  • all-purpose flour
  • lukewarm water
  • active dry yeast
  • salt

this is the mixture for no knead bread wrapped in a glass bowl with plastic wrap rising

Topping Suggestions:

  • Poppy seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Italian Mixed Herb Seasoning
  • Granulated garlic powder
  • Onion Flakes
  • Asiago Cheese or other cheese shredded

these are two loaves of french bread

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If you have never made bread and a bread lover, try this easy no-knead bread is a wonderful starter recipe for new bakers.

We love asiago cheese baked on the top and sesame seeded is another family favorite.

I made these loaves plain so you can see the bread as it is, the dough is quite sticky so I don't recommend that you try to use this for stuffing.

This dough can easily be made into pizza shells.

easy no knead pizza dough in a round pan rising

Make Your Favorite Pizza!

Spoon a thin layer of this dough on a parchment-lined round pan or whatever shape you want, bake it until browned around 20 minutes.

After the pizza shell is baked, top it with your favorite tomato sauce and cheese and broil it until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

no knead way dough made into a round pizza with tomato sauce and cheese

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Yield: 2 loaves

Easy No Knead Bread

Easy No Knead Bread

Prep time: 2 hourCook time: 35 MTotal time: 2 H & 35 M
This is a super simple no-knead bread mixed all in one bowl with no heavy-duty mixer involved or kneading. The very sticky dough will rise quickly and makes a delicious light airy bread in around 3 hours from start to finish.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1- 1/4 cups lukewarm water 
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast 
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Optional Toppings: Italian herb  seasoning and granulated garlic
  • poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion flakes, Asiago cheese, or other shredded cheeses


How to cook Easy No-Knead Bread

  1. In a glass measuring cup add 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and yeast.  Set this aside for 5 minutes stirring to combine evenly.
  2. In a large glass bowl ( around 8-quart size), add the flour making an indent in the center of the bowl.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture in the center of the flour, then add the rest of the water, salt and mix with a large spoon.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place away from drafts for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees for around 30 minutes while the loaves are sitting in the pans you are using.
  6. I used a french bread loaf pan lined with parchment paper for my loaves.
  7. Note: Other pan suggestions are cast iron,  small dutch oven pan or baking sheets, loaf pans or cake pans,  lined with parchment paper to bake the bread in.
  8. Using a spoon or silicone spatula, spoon the dough into whatever parchment-lined pan you choose.
  9. This makes two long french loaves or 1- 10  inch round skillet or 1 very large loaf pan.
  10. Sprinkle the top of the dough with some flour and let this sit for around 30 minutes in the pan.
  11. If using additional toppings, sprinkle them on top before baking this bread.
  12. Slash the loaf with a razor blade down the center of the loaf.
  13.  Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the pan.
  14. The top should be browned and crispy-looking when cooking is completed.
  15. Tip: add ice cubes to a cookie sheet when the bread rises in the oven while cooking to make a nice crispy crust
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  1. What a gorgeous loaf of bread this recipe makes! It's seriously amazing that it only takes 3 hours!

  2. What a gorgeous loaf of bread this makes! I can't believe it only takes 3 hours to make. SO yummy!

  3. I can't believe how yummy and easy this was to make! As a first time bread-maker I loved this recipe!!

  4. Easy peasy and the result is stunning! They look just like from the artisan bakery.

  5. I love, love fresh bread but I have never been a fan of kneading so this is the perfect recipe for me! Can't wait to try!

  6. You make bread-making look so easy! But you know what... that's what I LOVE about your recipes. They are things that I can actually follow and they always turn out. Thank you for this yummy bread recipe!


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