Homemade No-Knead Bread Recipe

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Homemade No-Knead Bread Recipe (Easy Artisan Bread)

Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2-$3
Cuisine: American, French
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 205
Servings: 8 people (makes 1 loaf)

Artisan Bread slices on a cutting board with a loaf of no-knead bread
This No-Knead Bread is an easy artisan-style bread that comes together fast. With only 4 simple ingredients, you can make a bakery-quality, super soft homemade bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water, warm, at 100˚F (not hot)
  • 1/2 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast, (7 grams or 1 packet)
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, (or bread flour) plus extra flour for dusting
  • 2 Tbsp cornmeal, or more flour

Instructions:

In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups warm water (100˚F) and 1/2 Tbsp of salt. Sprinkle the top with yeast and let it sit for 2 min, then stir.

Measure out exactly 3 1/4 cups of flour and add flour to the bowl. Using a spatula, stir until dough comes together and is well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature for 2 hours (or about 2-3 times in volume).

Line a cutting board with parchment paper and generously dust with flour. Scrape the dough out of the bowl with a spatula onto the floured surface.

With well-floured hands, fold the dough in half, then fold in half again. Dust dough generously with flour, lift it up, and form a ball in your hands. Sprinkle parchment paper with more flour or cornmeal, extending about 1″ past the border of the dough since it will expand. Place dough over the flour, seam side down, and let it rise uncovered at room temp 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your oven with 2 racks – one rack in the middle for the bread and one rack on the bottom for the water pan. Place a rimless cookie sheet (or use the backside of a rimmed cookie sheet or pizza stone) on the center rack. Preheat the oven and cookie sheet to 450˚ F. Also heats up 1 cup of water.

Just before baking, score the top of the bread 3 times. Place a metal or cast iron dish (never a glass dish*) on the bottom rack with 1 cup of hot water (being careful to not splash water on a glass oven door). Slide the dough with the parchment paper onto the hot cookie sheet and bake at 450˚ F for about 25-28 min or until golden brown. Transfer loaf to a rack and cool to room temp before cutting into it.

Recipe Notes:

CAUTION: DO NOT USE A GLASS DISH on the bottom rack to hold water, or it may explode when you add water; just trust me on this one. Also, be careful not to splash water on the glass door of your oven to prevent shattering with strong temperature change.

ENJOY!

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