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Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread

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Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread Recipe

Hello, my dear readers! Today, I’m overwhelmingly grateful to share a recipe that’s been a total game-changer in my kitchen. I’ve often heard from many of you that bread baking seems daunting, but what if I told you it could be as easy as pie? Or should I say, as easy as bread? This Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread is not only foolproof but also incredibly rewarding. You’re just a few simple steps away from having a gorgeous loaf that looks like it’s straight from a quaint European bakery. Let’s dive into this culinary adventure together!


  • Bread Flour: 480g (approximately 3.5-4 cups)
  • Salt: 9g (1.5 teaspoons)
  • Instant Yeast: 3g (½ teaspoon)
  • Water: 360g (1.5 cups), at room temperature

How to Make No-Knead Artisan Bread

Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the bread flour, salt, and instant yeast. Ensuring these ingredients are well mixed will help your bread rise perfectly.

Step 2: Add Water

Gradually add the room temperature water to the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until you form a shaggy and sticky dough. Don’t worry about getting it perfectly smooth; the beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity!

Step 3: First Rise

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rest at room temperature for 12-18 hours. The dough will bubble up and double in size, which is exactly what we’re aiming for.

Step 4: Shape and Second Rise

After the first rise, gently turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Fold it over a few times and shape it into a round loaf. Transfer the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and let it rise for another 2 hours, or until it has nearly doubled in size again.

Step 5: Bake

About 30 minutes before baking, preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) with a Dutch oven inside. Carefully lift the dough using the parchment paper and place it into the preheated Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the lid and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Step 6: Cool and Enjoy

Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before slicing. This wait (as torturous as it might be!) ensures the perfect texture of your loaf.

Helpful Tips

  • Temperature Is Key: Ensure your water is at room temperature for the best rise.
  • Patience Pays Off: Don’t rush the rise times; good things come to those who wait!
  • Oven Magic: Preheating your Dutch oven is crucial for achieving that crispy crust.


  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour if that’s what you have on hand. The texture will be slightly different but still delicious.
  • Adding Flavors: Feel free to add herbs, garlic, or olives into the dough before the first rise to infuse your bread with extra flavors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make it without a Dutch oven?

Absolutely! You can bake the bread on a preheated pizza stone or a heavy baking tray. Just be sure to create steam by placing a pan of water in the oven during baking to achieve that crispy crust.

How long can I let the dough rise?

You can let the dough rise for up to 24 hours. The longer it rises, the more complex the flavors will be.

Storage Instructions

Wrap your cooled bread in a clean cloth and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, slice and freeze the bread for up to 2 months.

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Thank you for joining me in the kitchen today! I hope this Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread inspires you to tackle bread-making with joy and confidence. Happy baking, and remember, the world is your loaf!

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Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread Recipe

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: About 15 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


Discover the joy of baking with this Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread, a foolproof recipe that brings the rustic charm of a European bakery into your own kitchen. Perfect for beginners and seasoned bakers alike, this bread features a golden crust and a soft, airy interior with just four simple ingredients.



480g Bread Flour (approximately 3.54 cups)

9g Salt (1.5 teaspoons)

3g Instant Yeast (½ teaspoon)

360g Water (1.5 cups, at room temperature)


Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, salt, and yeast. Add water and mix until a shaggy dough forms.

First Rise: Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let sit at room temperature for 12-18 hours until doubled in size.

Shape the Dough: Turn out onto a floured surface, fold several times, and shape into a round loaf.

Second Rise: Place on parchment paper, cover lightly, and let rise for another 2 hours.

Bake: Preheat your oven with a Dutch oven inside at 450°F (230°C). Place the dough inside, cover, and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Cool: Let the bread cool on a rack before slicing to enjoy!


Dutch Oven Alternative: If you don’t have a Dutch oven, use a preheated pizza stone and place a pan of water in the oven to create steam.

Flavor Variations: Add herbs or garlic for a flavored loaf.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (active), 14-20 hours (inactive rising time)
  • Cook Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: European


  • Serving Size: 1g
  • Calories: 176kca
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g

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