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No Knead Artisan Bread

A crusty, fluffy homemade artisan bread recipe that's ready with just 5 minutes of hands-on time. This recipe uses just 4 ingredients and needs NO kneading at all. Have fresh bread on the table every night of the week.
4.58 from 76 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 5 loaves
Calories: 597kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas


  • 3 cups water 100 degrees
  • 2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sea salt


For the dough

  • Add warm water to a large food-grade container. Add yeast and stir to combine.
  • Add flour and salt, stir until all ingredients are incorporated (using hands if needed).
  • Cover container with lid, or a piece of plastic wrap and a towel. Leave at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Transfer the dough to the refrigerator and let it rest until an hour and a half before you want a fresh loaf of bread.

For the bread

  • Generously flour a banneton with rice flour and set aside.
  • Remove a grapefruit-size section of dough from the refrigerator. Stretch the sides of the dough in on itself, folding it over and under to create a nice tight ball of dough. Pinch the sides together on the bottom and place, top-side down, into your prepared banneton.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise for 40 minutes at room temperature.
  • 20 minutes into the rise-time, preheat the oven to 425°F. Place dutch oven in the oven to preheat.
  • Gently flip your dough out of the banneton onto a sheet of parchment paper (see video for demonstration).
  • Carefully remove the hot dutch oven from the oven, lift the parchment paper and gently lower the loaf with the parchment paper into the dutch oven.
  • Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue baking for 3-5 minutes until bread is golden brown on top.
  • Remove from oven and carefully transfer bread to a cooling rack for a few minutes before slicing and enjoying.


Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2104mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 8mg
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