No-Knead Bread

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Apr 262010

I must confess that I am a little behind, while many of you have already encountered this recipe all the way back in 2006. Just recently I came across this recipe of “no-knead bread” by Jim Lahey, from the Sullivan Bakery. Not to mention how excited I was to try, since one of my passion is BREAD. Anyway, without further saying, here is what I did…


3 cups bread flour
¼ teaspoon yeast
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
1 5/8 cup water


In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, stir and blend well. The dough will be soggy and sticky (do not worry).

Cover the bowl and let it rest for 12-18 hours (I did it for 18 hours on the kitchen counter).

After the rest, the dough will be full of air bubbles, remove the dough and place in a lightly floury surface with the help of a wet spatula.

Shape the dough by folding the dough gently, again I kind of wet my fingers, so the dough will not stick to my hands. Once the dough is kind of a ball shape (no need to make it perfect, because it will change its shape), place the dough on a flour coated cotton towel, and gently place the towel with the dough into a container and cover with another towel, or if the towel that you are using is large enough, fold the towel to cover the dough.

Let it rise until the dough doubles in size, for approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours depending of the temperature of the room.

Pre-heat the oven to 450F, and place a ceramic pot with cover inside the oven as the oven heats.

When the dough reach the desired size, gently scoop the dough from beneath the towel and gently place the dough into the heated pot, by flipping upside down the towel, be careful since the pot is extremely hot. THIS IS THE HARDEST PART OF BAKING THE NO-KNEAD BREAD.

Cover the lid and bake for 30 minutes, then remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes to brown the loaf. Remove from the pot and let it cool on a rack.

You will end up with a beautiful rustic looking bread, with a nice texture and crumb will be composed of lots and lots of holes.

Well, is was so easy and simple that I made two loaves in within two days…again, be very careful when transferring the dough to the hot pot, and do not worry if the shape of the dough looks weird, after all it is a rustic bread.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that the difference between common bread and artisan bread rest in the percentage of water? For instance, common table bread contain approximately 50% water, and the artisan bread contain approximately 60 to 75% water, therefore the crumb of the bread contain larger holes.

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  89 Responses to “No-Knead Bread”

  1. It’ gorgeous! I love making bread to , I have to try this! Get how to pics!

  2. This is GORGEOUS! I want some now!!!

  3. Oh I love no knead bread! Your bread looks so beautiful!

  4. WOW! I can’t believe that is no-knead…it looks too perfect! I also love how you talk about the consistency/stickiness of the dough. Nothing like being half way through a recipe and wondering if its “supposed” to be/look/feel like x. 😉

  5. Nice! I love a rustic bread like this! But only 1/4 tsp. of yeast? That’s low for such a great rise…

  6. I’m with Erica!! Geniuses!

  7. Wow, the crumbs look so open and nice. You are really talented Juliana. Very creative using that clay pot instead of the cast iron pot. Very clever!

  8. This is such a nice looking loaf of bread. The recipe is a standout. I wanted to thank you for your kind words. I really do appreciate them. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  9. Isn’t this bread great? I love it and I might make some more today hehe 😛

  10. I’ve actually been thinking about baking some bread — what a fantastic recipe! Your loaf came out really lovely!

  11. Wow, what a beautiful perfectly crusty gorgeous bread! No knead dough, eh?? Great texture!

  12. Rustic and easy! Brilliant!

  13. Juliana this bread look really fantatsic, I love make bread! wonderful pictures, gloria

  14. I might have to put my bread maker aside and try this sometime soon!

  15. J – This looks like a brilliant foolproof recipe that I can try! The results of this rustic no knead bread are wonderful!

  16. Hey that looks good, very rustic indeed. I have baked a cabiatta that doesn’t need any kneading done too but the dough was much wetter than this. It’s a nightmare handling it but well worth the effort!

  17. Thanks for sharing this. Looks so easy to make – “no knead bread” – suits me.

  18. Oooh, that looks wonderful! I still haven’t tried making this recipe either, although I did go out and get a dutch oven pan to use for it… I really want to try it now.

  19. No, you are still good with this. I am behind you with no kneading and no baking at all :O
    Like your step by step instructions. I make sure the next (first) time I make my own bread, I will follow you 🙂

  20. I love the big open texture of this bread. Wonderful photos and instructions.

  21. oh great job I make bread like this need to bake in a pot next time

  22. No knead bread is one of my absolute favorite things in the world. Looks great.

  23. Though I don’t bake that often, this bread is inviting me to. Thanks for sharing : ).

  24. Oh my gosh! Such large holes! how wonderful! I haven’t made no-knead bread yet, but it’s on my to do list! What a great idea using your clay pot!

  25. Such a gorgeous bread! I love that it’s a no knead recipe! I loved reading curiosity corner too. I did not know the difference. Thanks! 😉

  26. the shape doesn’t bother me at all; in fact, i quite like it! the innards of your bread look amazing!

  27. Absolutely interesting! I love to see all the big holes in the bread. This would be a great bread to go with curry…mmmm

  28. What a gorgeous bread! Never seen this method of baking bread before.

  29. wow! that bread is beautiful!!

  30. I’ve heard of this recipe before but never tried it because I’m scared of that flipping into a hot dish part 🙂 You did a fabulous job, it looks fantastic.

  31. I can’t believe that bread is no-knead! One of these days, I’ll take a break from the HBinFive recipes and take on the Lahey method. Beautiful crumb!

  32. I love making this bread. Its so easy and tastes fantastic. I love eating it with tomatoes and goats cheese.

  33. What a beautiful bread!!!! I should try it 🙂

  34. What a perfect Boule!
    I love baking bread, but I squealed with delight, the first time I tried the no-knead technique. How can one not appreciate such consistently amazing results.

  35. Looks great, have tried this before, it’s so easy to bake…..

  36. what a wonderful and tasty bread! this is a must try!

  37. Beautiful crumb and crust Juliana!

  38. Your bread looks excellent Juliana! I was just telling my Mom about the no-knead bread and how I wanted to make it. We must have a mind connection. I only hope mine turns out half as good as yours!

  39. We haven’t tried the no knead method yet, so you’re not the last. Didn’t know about all of the steps involved. You were wise to make 2 loaves!

  40. I wanted to try it too! It is on my mental to do in the next 5 years list! No seriously yours came out fabulous!

  41. it looks like it turned out great

  42. I’m even more behind than you are. LOL. I still haven’t attempted this original no-knead bread, though I did make a chocolate bread loaf using a similar method that came out really well. I know some people have had some mixed results with the no-knead, but yours was obviously a triumph judging from those lovely pictures.

  43. I have yet to try my hands at the famous no-knead bread. Yours looks so good!

  44. What a beautiful loaf of bread! I enjoy bread making too but I have yet to try a no-knead bread.

  45. I’m behind too but I know I want to try it. Yours looks so lovely 🙂

  46. I love jim recipes for bread..I made the carrot no knead bread and it was super easy, I did get ahead of myself and not read the instructions about the rising time, so i was up until 2am baking it, but it was definatley worth it..i’m glad you liked it two loaves, wow great job

  47. I love no knead bread. This recipe produced the best bread I’ve ever made!

  48. Okay, I’ve bookmarked this recipe. It truly looks like something I’d buy from a really posh French bakery!

  49. Your crumb on this bread is amazing. I just made strawberry freezer jam and I’m wishing I had a slice of this bread to spread it on.

  50. Gorgeous bread it looks fantastic yum!

  51. Your bread is so pretty, I have not done no knead bread yet either.

  52. It’s a gorgeous bread, I haven’t made this yet!

  53. Lovely, I remembered how excited I was when I made it the first time, it was 1am when out of oven that day and my hubby and I could not resist to try a slice immediately with strawberry jam. Is your ceramic pot asian one? Is it a special one that is ovenproof?

  54. Thank you all for the nice comments…this bread is indeed very easy to make you just need a little patience since takes over 24 hours from the start to the final product, but it is worth the wait :-), I found the experience of following the dough through its different stages fascinating 🙂

    Stella: Yes, you need only 1/4 teaspoon of yeast.

    Jeannie: The dough is sure softer than the usual bread dough, therefore is kind of difficult to shape it.

    Foddhoe: Since I do not own a Dutch oven pan or cast iron pan, I used the Japanese ceramic pot, which can handle the heat. I think the secret of the nice crust is to “trap” the moist during the initial baking stage, therefore need of the cover.

    Shaz: Yes, I agree with you in regards to the flipping into a hot pot and trying to control the mess (flour flying everywhere), I just try to be calm during this stage 🙂

    Carolyn: Chocolate bread and no knead? Sounds great!

    Janet: You are right! I got this ceramic pot at the local Japanese store, since I saw the no-knead bread, I search my whole kitchen for something that would substitute the Dutch oven pan, this ceramic pot can be used directly on the stove or in the oven…I read that pyrex may crack/explode, so did not want to take a chance.

  55. It looks perfect – look at all those holes! Thanks juliana – Im going to attempt making this!

  56. Wow-a “NO kneading” bread???? Beautiful!!!!

  57. No knead and less fuss, but still as yummy looking ^^

  58. I’ve wanted to make this bread for a few month’s now…. you’ve just pushed me into action – maybe this weekend…..

  59. I’ve been seeing a lot about this bread recently. I really have to try it. It looks so delicious. I love crusty breads with a European touch.

  60. This is one of my fav. breads to make and yours hhave come out FANTASTIC!!!! so many air pockets.

  61. Your bread is gorgeous! Since I’ve only been blogging a little over 6 months this is new to me. Thanks for sharing it. I just bookmarked it!

  62. Gorgeous bread! And I love the step-by-step. I swear bread is one of the hardest things to make…

  63. This bread looks simply perfect in every way, with that lovely crusty crust and phenomenal texture. I make all my own bread, but I’m such a dinosaur in the way I usually still make it, with a sturdy spoon and LOTS of kneading. I’ve been intrigued by this new, no-knead technique, and with your sensational results here I’m definitely inspired to try it now. Thank you so much for sharing your detailed instructions and very informative photos.

  64. Wow what a gorgeous loaf you have there, my favorite part to stare at are the bubbles, just magnificient! perfect bread, and I can just imagine the flavor and crunchiness of the crust.

  65. wow! the bread looks amazing!

  66. Jualiana! thank you for stopping by. I love your blog, all the pictures you put up are so helpful. I hope I can be that ambitious some day with my entries!

  67. wow it looks so good! I love fresh bread. I’ve tried one no-knead recipe before and it was great. I have the artisan bread in 5 minutes a day book, but haven’t had a chance to really start using it. After seeing your pictures, I can’t wait!

  68. Hi there, love your blog! I think the many air bubbles actually made this bread looks really, really nice! It doesn’t require much ingredients and I can live with the 18 hour rest. Would love to try this soon! Cheers!

  69. Your bread looks fantastic! I wish I could feel its smell right now, I’m sure it’s tempting. Great idea to have fresh bread for breakfast.

  70. I love that bread! Yours looks beautiful!



  71. I just discovered no knead a few months ago. Now I keep some in my fridge for use any time. Glad you liked this bread. So handy. Looks delicious.

  72. There’s nothing better than fresh homemade bread. Thank you for the recipe.

  73. I have come across this bread on a few blogs before but have never made it. The bread resembles ciabiatta and looks wonderful.

  74. This looks so fabulous – there is nothing better than homemade bread! I’ve been wanting to try this recipe too 🙂

  75. I must be the last blogger on the planet not to have tried this recipe. It does look like perfect, lovely bread… Perhaps I can make space on my to-do list and sneak a loaf in…!

  76. Absolutely beautiful bread. I really like how you laid out the instructions with supporting images… very nicely done!

  77. Nice pictures, I have to try your recipe! I love the little nooks and crannies!

  78. Looks so perfect!

  79. This bread looks beautiful! A beautiful crust, so rustic and airy!

  80. Welcome to the No Knead Bread Club! The first time I made this, my dough didn’t rise because my yeast was expired. LOL! This bread is so good that we seldom buy bread anymore. I taught my mom-in-law how to make this and she has made baguettes out of it. Now she makes them wherever she is even when she is on holiday in Canada or San Francisco. These days I make a 50/50 plain/whole wheat flour – delicious! I use a bread pan cover it with aluminium foil. I still get crispy top. 🙂

    Next time, try it with dried fruits like dates, figs, cranberries, nuts, sesames seeds, or even bacon. My husband often asks me to make one with bacon while my mom-in-law loves it with figs or nuts.

  81. I love that you baked the bread in a claypot!! I would have never though of that! Such a great idea! I’m going to dig out my claypot and use it for this purpose! LOL! Your bread is so beautiful! The last i turned out quite disastrous! lol!

  82. What a beautiful bread! it looks perfect!

  83. No kneading and only 4 ingredients?! I’m sold! Looks great too!

  84. Like you, I’ve been a little behind with regards to trying this recipe out too. I’ve seen so many pictures of the beautiful bread that results from it, and really must get round to baking my own loaf some time!

  85. Hi Julianna and Elsa,
    Your blog is wonderful!
    I love this bread post, what with all the detailed photos of the process. It looks exceptionally good, and the texture? Perfect. I also wanted to tell you how much Iike the “Curiosity Corner” feature you include at the end of each post. Very interesting! and informative! I look forward to visiting again soon.

    🙂 Jane

  86. isn’t no-knead bread fantastic 🙂

  87. I really enjoyed this post. It’s always nice when you find something that is not only informative but entertaining. Awesome!

  88. Thank you for sharing this good article. Very inspiring! (as always, btw)