Lazy Poor Man’s Bread: No Knead, Four Ingredient Bread

Posted on Jun 14 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

bread1 copyMy family has been living in  a little apartment while we are waiting for our house to open up. We have put most of our stuff in storage, including my Bosche mixer. Because I don’t have a mixer, I haven’t been making any bread homemade bread, which is very sad because nothing makes a house a home like some good homemade bread, which is why I was SO excited to find this recipe for no knead homemade bread. I call it lazy man’s bread because there is no kneading necessary and seriously only like 15 minutes of prep work. I call it poor man’s bread because there are only four ingredients (five in my version) and costs less than a dollar for a 2.5 pound loaf. 


Bread dough, right before I put it in the oven.

This bread is cooked in a dutch oven. I recommend this one.Yes, it is a decent sized initial investment ($45 on Amazon), but it is so worth it. I use it for everything. Side note: when I was making this bread, the handle of my dutch oven melted. I thought it was safe up to 500 degrees, but I was wrong. I contacted Lodge by email asking where I could buy a new one and within twenty minutes, they had emailed me back and told me they were sending me a new one, for free. Awesome, right? Their products are made in the US and they do quite a few things to help the environment. Cool, right? 

The only crappy thing about this recipe is that it has to rise for a long time – like 12-18 hours. I know that’s not fun, but this is seriously the easiest bread recipe I have ever made. You just have to be a little patient 🙂 


Nothing better than warm bread spread with honey and butter. Yum.

So, here is the recipe. If you want detailed instructions, go check out the blog I found it on. She gives a really good description of each step, although it is a really easy recipe. I added the honey in my recipe to make the bread a little more sweet, but you can definitely make it without the honey. 

No-Knead Bread
Yields 2
Easy no knead bread
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Prep Time
20 hr
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
20 hr 55 min
Prep Time
20 hr
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
20 hr 55 min
  1. 6 cups flour (bread flour recommended, but all purpose flour works fine
  2. 1/2 t. instant or active-dry yeast
  3. 2 1/2 t. salt
  4. 2 2/3 cup cool water
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  1. Mix flour, yeast, and salt until well combined. Add the water and the honey.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Let dough rise for 12-18 hours. Dough will smell yeasty when finished and look bubbly.
  4. Flour your hands and a work surface. I use a cookie sheet as a work surface.
  5. Fold the dough over and tuck the edges of the dough underneath.
  6. Lay the dough out on the cookie sheet (or a terry cloth towel).
  7. Flour the dough.
  8. Cover the dough with a terry cloth towel and let it rise for about 2 hours. The dough should double in size.
  9. About 1 1/2 hours into the bread rising, turn on your oven to 425. Place your empty dutch oven into the oven and let it heat up with the oven.
  10. When your dough has doubled in size and about 2 hours has past, remove the top towels and flip the bread dough into the hot cast high pot.
  11. Cover and bake for 40 minutes
  12. Take the lid off and bake for another 10-15 minutes
  13. Remove bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before you cut into it.
Adapted from Jim Lahey & Frugal Living NW
A Mouse In My Kitchen

10 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. mel June 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    yum, nothing better than fresh bread and if the poor it this…I'd be happy 😉

  2. Mar June 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    can smell the bread already, will try it looks good!

    • amouseinmykitchen June 19, 2013 at 8:12 am - Reply

      You should! It's amazing. My husband asks for it every day.

  3. Jess @HungryHarps June 19, 2013 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I can't wait to give this a try! Just got a dutch oven and have been looking around for new recipes to try in it. Love how easy the bread is to make. Would love if you could come and link up this recipe to Tasty Tuesdays. 🙂 I am pinning this bread right now!!

    • amouseinmykitchen June 19, 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Done! Thanks for the repin & the invite 🙂 This bread really is delicious, you'll love it.

  4. Parrish June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    We hope to see you there!

  5. Vonnie June 21, 2013 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Great recipe, Markell! Yeah, waiting over 12 hours does require some patience. And I love that it's has only 5 ingredients. Gonna try and make some this weekend. Thanks!

  6. DeAnna June 21, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Interesting recipe. How did it taste? It looks yummy. Can't believe you melted your handle. Did they send you a whole new oven, or just the handle?

    • amouseinmykitchen June 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      It is yummy! They just sent me a new handle. A new oven would have been sweet haha! But they did send a new handle and it got to my house like two days after I called them. I was amazed at their service.

  7. Anyonita June 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Mmm my kinda bread! 🙂 Delicious and cheap! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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