There are many good bread Instructables already, but when making bread, you can never have too many fail-safe techniques, and this recipe works almost every time.


This is a four-hour process; you need that much time to let the dough rise. I like to throw it together while snacking on lunch, and then when I get home after school it is ready to throw in the oven.

My recipe differs from most no-knead recipes in that you do not drop it it into a heated pan. I changed the recipe because I had too many burns from handling a bread pan at 400+ degrees, and one of my Pyrex dishes shattered on me when I accidentally set the edge of it on a wet washcloth.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and the resulting mouthwatering delicious bread.

Step 1: Materials.


To make good bread, you need good flour. Flour which is marked "bread flour" typically has 11-12% protein (gluten) which is higher than normal flour. This allows the loaf to have good structure and texture. You can cut cheaper white flour with bread flour if you don't have enough of either.

If you are in Germany, type 550 flour works well. Thanks t.rohner and stryke!

I use yeast from a Polish market. While you can buy Fleischmann's yeast from the supermarket, it is really expensive, especially in packets. If you have access to an Eastern European or Balkan market, often they sell 1lb bags of yeast for just a few dollars, a huge savings over the grocery store stuff. You need a small spoonful, the amount is not critical.

I use sea salt, but you can use any kind of salt. Salt adds flavor and slows the growth of yeast slightly. I like to put about half a spoonful in.

You need a bake-proof container with a lid (the lid saves you from having to use foil every time and results in a more consistent crust). I got my Pyrex baking dish (visible in Step 7) at a local thrift store for just a few dollars. It is really the perfect dish for this kind of thing

3 cups flour.
Some salt. (see picture 2)
Some yeast. (see picture 2)
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<p>wow why so long for rising! My rise 45 minutes to 1 hour and I don't use a warm oven to let rise .In my opinion longer rise does nothing for the flavor . </p>
<p>Can't wait to try it at dinner.</p>
<p>You might want to check out an even simpler variation over at jennycancook.com. She has found that you can put the dough after the initial rise directly in a cold pot in a cold oven, cover it, then turn it on to 450&deg;. Uncover it after 30 minutes, then bake for another 30 minutes.</p>
<p>I've used Jim Lahey's technique for a long time, but it calls for an 18 hour rise + preheating a dutch oven. It's great that you can get such a beautiful loaf after a four hour rise with no preheating.</p>
<p>I, too, have been using Jim Lahey's technique for a long time. As someone who has had trouble with gluten, his recipe makes the bread more tolerable for me. But my friends who are not gluten intolerant will love this quicker, easier method. I'm sharing it with them now!</p>
<p>Made this foir the first time.. easy good and on my to do list when making bread form now on.</p>
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Just tried this for the first time - turned out delicious, crust was perfect! The crumb is perhaps a small bit denser than I would prefer, do you have any suggestions for making it rise a little more? I may have gotten a little too much water in the dough, perhaps that was the culprit... Used bread flour and one packet of quick-rise yeast. Thanks very much for the excellent tutorial!
One of the best loaves I've ever made, and I've made a LOT of bread! The crust was amazing. I let the loaf rise for almost 12 hours (because I forgot about it) and it still came out wonderful.
At what point can you let it go longer - during the &quot;four hour rise&quot;? Should you refrigerate at any point during a longer time period? And after the longer rise do you follow the directions the same way you would if you had only let it rise 4 hours?<br>(I'd like some bread for tomorrow's dinner, but it's way too late to do the entire process tonight!)
<p>You can let the dough rise for 18 hours (see Jim Lahey's book on bread baking). He uses only 1/4 tsp of yeast.</p>
It's a very forgiving recipe. I let the initial rise go for 12 hours, then followed through with the rest of the recipe without changing anything. Actually, that's my new routine. I mix it up in the morning before work. I come home between 8-10 hours later and do the last few steps and bake it. Beautiful dinner.
Thanks, jradi - I'll try that tomorrow morning. :)
I've never tested such a long rise time, so I am super glad to see this great experience/advice coming from my friend jradi. :)<br><br>Also, great shot, acrollet.
:)<br><br>You can actually go quite a while and it still tastes great. Here's pretty much the same recipe, with it rising for14-20 hours!<br><br>http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html
It worked perfectly and tasted the same as when I've done it with just 4 hours. I think I have a new bread baking routine in the works!
w00t! Great news! And interesting, it seems from your comments and others that you can leave this stuff overnight and still get great results. Awesome.
Forgot to mention - I used a crockpot insert w/ pyrex lid, and it worked great. Used an oven thermometer to make sure I was baking at 450. (had to turn the dial a little over 475)
Thanks! Actually, just today I tried calibrating my oven -- the knob is off by ten degrees. I don't have a good suggestion for getting the crumb to be less dense... have you had any luck since?
I have had some success actually - just last night I re-tried the recipe with these ingredients: 3 cups bread flour 1 tsp. yeast 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 cups water with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar mixed in I stirred a bit longer at the beginning to develop the gluten some more, but otherwise followed your recipe to the letter. I was very happy with the result, the crumb has the airier, springier texture that I really like. Added bonus: it's still fresh and good right now, 24 hrs after I took it out of the oven. Here's a pic:
Very interesting! I'm going to try that right now. Thanks!
great!! I'll be really curious to hear how it turns out for you, be sure to post :)
I screwed it up by forgetting it in the oven too long. :O I'll have to try it again. :)
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First time making bread went ok I think
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<p>This recipe is way easier than the easy New York Times No-Knead recipe. My dough was a little mushy so I added some oatmeal and more flour. It came out awesome. Thanks for figuring out how to avoid preheating the pot. ;)</p>
Hi,<br> Wow, It's been awhile for this post, but I just found it.&nbsp; I'm waiting to put the dough in the oven.&nbsp; My dough doesn't look as firm as yours but we'll see what comes out.&nbsp;<br> <br> Also,&nbsp; clean browned pyrex with a baking soda paste.&nbsp; I like to buy vintage pyrex&nbsp; at flea markets and antique stores.&nbsp; Does the trick.&nbsp; Thanks for the recipe.&nbsp;
Nice recipe =) I'm going to try it as soon as I can. Thanks for sharing.
I tried it today!!! tastes great. I had a hard time with the &quot;shaggy&quot; consistency, I wanted to knead it so bad :) <br> <br>I'll def. try again. Thank you for posting.
I love this simple bread. Change it up with herbs and olive oil, or honey, cinnamon. Great easy recipe.
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