Homemade NO KNEAD Crusty Bread

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About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Hi Foodies, homemade bread is just the best. The End! In all seriousness the smell of homemade bread baking is one of the best smells on earth and the taste beats anything that you can buy in the store. This recipe is awesome because you don't have to knead it and you do NOT need a machine of any sort to make it. This bread raises overnight and the next morning you bake it and you have a beautiful crusty bread on your hands! Did I mention that you only need 4 ingredients? So if you want to make your own No Knead Crusty Bread, then follow the step by step guide below or watch the video tutorial here:

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Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups all-purpose Flour
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Active Yeast
  • 1 ½ Cups room temperature Water

Tools

Step 2: Add Flour, Salt and Yeast

In a big mixing bowl, add in flour, salt, and yeast (make sure salt and yeast are separate until you start stirring the salt with the flour, you don't want to risk killing the yeast). Stir the salt and flour first and then the yeast until everything is incorporated.

Step 3: Add Water and Stir

Next add in your water and mix until your mixture is completely incorporated (you might want to use your clean hands to bring everything together).

Step 4: Cover With Plastic Wrap

Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and let it set at room temperature for 18 hours (your house shouldn’t be too hot or too cold).

Step 5: Preheat Oven

After 18 hours, preheat your oven to 450 and make sure you put your Dutch oven in the oven so it heats up with the oven. Take plastic wrap off bowl with dough.

Step 6: Form Dough Into Ball

Roll out your bread, you may need a bit of flour and roll it into a ball.

Step 7: Add Dough to Pot

Pull your pot out of oven once it is heated and sprinkle the bottom with flour and carefully add your bread in.

Step 8: Bake

Bake your bread in the oven with the lid on for 30 minutes. Take the lid off and bake another 15-20 minutes or until your bread is golden brown. Take it out of your oven and remove your bread from the pot, cool on cooling rack.

Step 9: Enjoy!

Once the bread is at room temperature you can cut into. Enjoy!

Step 10: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!

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    Fly girl

    23 days ago

    Could a person use almond or coconut flour instead and have it come out okay?

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    RobTec426

    Question 4 weeks ago

    Is there a way to make it so it's not really crusty ?

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    bellazuzuRobTec426

    Answer 23 days ago

    A trick to soften crusty baked goods is to lightly butter the outside when it comes out of the oven. Something I learned from my breadbaking grandma. Adds great flavor too!

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    FOOD by LydsRobTec426

    Answer 4 weeks ago

    You can experiment a bit, maybe don't cook it so long and don't take the lid off but I can't confirm that.

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    RobTec426FOOD by Lyds

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I'm going try cooking it in a cast iron dutch oven and coat the outside with butter spray ! most crusty breads i can't bite through the crust I got dentures but hate them so i take them out to eat ! i'll try a batch tonight or tomorrow and take photo's of results & reply

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    katie_powers13

    4 weeks ago

    Can you confirm that you used instant yeast? Based on there not being any soaking time, I assume it is.

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    trimbandit

    4 weeks ago

    Don't be afraid to bake that loaf until it gets some color!

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    FOOD by Lydstrimbandit

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    haha, that's funny because some people don't like it too crispy...I do.

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    ChipS8

    4 weeks ago

    I've been making almost this exact recipe for many years. I originally found it in a baking magazine.

    No need to take the lid off to brown it. Keeping the lid on makes the crust wonderfully crunchy. On a properly seasoned traditional iron dutch oven it will never stick even without dusting with flour.

    Everyone's flour recipe is by cups, but that is not accurate based on how packed or sifted the flour. I've adapted this to 3 cups PACKED flour to 1 3/4 cups water. Makes a sticky dough that bakes perfectly. Quick and easy.

    This recipe is great initially, but the leftovers do not toast well. I've found that adding a couple of table spoons of oil to the recipe doesn't change it, however, the leftovers toast up nicely.

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    FOOD by LydsChipS8

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Looks delicious! Thank you for the tips I will keep them in mind next time I make it :-)

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    xstfoc

    4 weeks ago

    Have you ever tried this with whole wheat flour? Also, maybe add in some sunflower seeds or sesame seeds?

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    FOOD by Lydsxstfoc

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I have not, I'm sure the sunflower or sesame seeds wouldn't be a problem. Let me know if you do try it with whole wheat flour though.

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    logwolf

    Question 4 weeks ago

    I don't have a dutch oven. Is there an alternative? It looks delicious!

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    FOOD by Lydslogwolf

    Answer 4 weeks ago

    If you have a cast iron skillet, you could do it that way but you have to cover it :-)