My 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.
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 🙂
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.
- 6 cups flour (bread flour recommended, but all purpose flour works fine
- 1/2 t. instant or active-dry yeast
- 2 1/2 t. salt
- 2 2/3 cup cool water
- 1/2 cup honey
- Mix flour, yeast, and salt until well combined. Add the water and the honey.
- Cover with plastic wrap.
- Let dough rise for 12-18 hours. Dough will smell yeasty when finished and look bubbly.
- Flour your hands and a work surface. I use a cookie sheet as a work surface.
- Fold the dough over and tuck the edges of the dough underneath.
- Lay the dough out on the cookie sheet (or a terry cloth towel).
- Flour the dough.
- Cover the dough with a terry cloth towel and let it rise for about 2 hours. The dough should double in size.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover and bake for 40 minutes
- Take the lid off and bake for another 10-15 minutes
- Remove bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before you cut into it.