Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread Recipe Tastes Like It Came From a Bakery by Melissa Vickers

Bread/Muffins
3 months ago

A while back I posted a recipe for bread made in the slow cooker. I thought that was easy, but this no-knead artisan bread recipe is even easier.

The biggest drawback for this recipe over the slow-cooker recipe is that it cooks in a hot (450 degrees F) oven for 45 minutes. So if you are looking to keep your kitchen cool in the hot summer months, the slow-cooker recipe might be the way to go.

I like the taste and texture of this bread recipe better though. Crispy crust and soft inside!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 3 hours to proof
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours

Servings: Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Dump flour, yeast and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add hot water and mix with the dry ingredients. This makes a very soft and “shaggy” dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it on the counter for 3 hours (longer is OK). It doesn’t have to be a warm place.
  2. After the 3 hours are up, the dough will have puffed up and have bubbles on the top. Flour your surface with a 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour. The dough will be sticky – add a little more flour on top of the dough. (A flat scraper helps here.) “Knead” the dough a few times using the scraper to slide under the dough and pull it up and over. No need for long kneading!
  3. Make a ball shape with the dough and transfer to a bowl lined with parchment paper. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit while you preheat your oven.
  4. Place a Dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Make sure your Dutch oven lid doesn’t have a plastic handle and can withstand that heat. (Note: I don’t have a Dutch oven, so I tried using a small enamel turkey roasting pan and it worked beautifully.)
  5. Once the oven is up to temperature, take the pot out and transfer the parchment paper and dough to the pot. Cover and set the pot back in the oven for 30 minutes. Doing this creates steam, which is the secret for artisan bread.
  6. Take the pot out at 30 minutes and remove the parchment paper. Set the bread back in the pot, but don’t put the cover on. Set it back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh my, we love fresh baked loaves like this. Just add butter and dinner is served, haha. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe, Melissa Vickers (I can almost smell the aroma)!
PollyAnna33
Hi, this bread looks delicious, I was imagining slathering it with butter, in a very unhealthy but delightful way and eating it whilst still warm. I have a ?? - I don’t own a DutchOven, so can I cook it in a casserole dish -either a stoneware or Pyrex one. I want to buy a D/O but my finances just aren’t stretching that far at the moment for such a luxury. Car issues are waiting to be fixed-so…priorities. Eeshk. That’s adulting hey
Melissa Vickers
I didn't have a Dutch oven other than one that had a plastic handle on the top that wouldn't survive the 450 degree oven. I did have that old-fashioned dark blue enamel turkey roasting pan and that worked fine. Whatever you use needs to have a lid that will handle the heat. Cooking it at first with the lid allows for steam that I think makes for a soft bread on the inside. So... If you have a dish with a lid AND it can handle 450 degrees, then give it a try--and let us know how it comes out!
PollyAnna33
Thanks so much Melissa. I do have a dish with a lid that will handle 450*F./232*C. I am looking forward to trying this. Cheers from 🇦🇺 Australia
Melissa Vickers
I wonder if you could even cover the pot with either thick aluminum foil or a double layer and seal it good?
Pnevels3
1/4 teaspoon of yeast? Is that correct? Sounds delicious, but that doesn't sound right. I would really like to try this.
Melissa Vickers
The original recipe said specifically NOT to add more than that. It doesn't sound like much, does it? This doesn't make a light, airy loaf of bread, but a heartier loaf. Maybe that's the difference?
Pnevels3
I will definitely have to try this, sounds easy and delicious!

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