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No-Knead Bread

no-knead rustic bread (so easy a 4 year old could do it)

One of my fondest memories as a child is waking up on weekend mornings to the scent of warm, homemade bread (is there any better smell?) I’ve since longed to resurrect this tradition, but without a breadmaker (or any additional cupboard or counter space to house one) I didn’t think it was possible without a significant amount of effort.

Not long ago, I was pleased to find this video in my inbox* with directions on making your very own rustic bread sans breadmaker and not a single iota of kneading required. With the combination of flour, water, yeast and salt, the video states that a four year old could do it and I completely and wholeheartedly agree. In light of full disclosure (to prove to you that this really is the. easiest. thing. ever), I will confess that I threw this together post-bar, four drinks in, quite late last Friday night not really thinking all that much of it. When Justin and I awoke the next morning, we were pleased to find that the dough had risen and all that was left to do was to bake it and wait (impatiently) before digging in for breakfast.

Bread! That I made! I feel so grown up.

(editors note: it also made for an excellent grilled cheese sandwich the next day)

No-Knead Bread
Serves 15
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Prep Time
12 hr 5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
12 hr 5 min
Cook Time
45 min
91 calories
19 g
0 g
0 g
3 g
0 g
49 g
198 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 198mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
  3. 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
  1. Pour flour, yeast and salt in a bowl and mix until well-incorporated.
  2. Pour the water overtop the flour mixture, and mix with your hands just until dough comes together. Place a towel overtop the bowl and let sit for 12 hours (it should double in size).
  3. Place an empty cast iron casserole, with a lid, in your oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. The casserole needs to be piping hot.
  4. Place dough on gently floured surface, flatten it slightly, fold it in half, and then fold it in half again. Sprinkle with additional flour and place (folded/seam side up) in piping hot casserole.
  5. Bake in oven, covered, for 30 minutes, and then uncovered for another 10-15 or so.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!
Adapted from New York Times
Adapted from New York Times
lark & linen

*thanks uncle Mark!

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  • Reply
    January 26, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Looks wonderful – I´m not sure I could pull that off..! I´m good at baking cookies and such but bread makes me nervous by some reason..!

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      January 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I guarantee you could pull it off! Bread used to make me nervous too but not anymore!

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        Kate Kenna
        February 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Hi! I have been having a little trouble find recipe for this bread would it be possible to post it as a comment so it is easier to find? Oe email it tp me? Thank you!

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    January 26, 2012 at 4:32 am

    wow! this looks seriously amazing. i am definitely going to make this. and it looks so yummy with the jam x

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    January 26, 2012 at 5:12 am

    You cant beat home made fresh out the oven bread :) Your photos look lovely too x

  • Reply
    January 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Very very pretty and looks so crunchy… thanks for sharing!!

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    HRCK the Herald
    January 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

    This sounds like just the kind of recipe for me! If someone can make it a few glasses deep in wine in the wee hours of the morning, it’s probably about my skill level :)

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      January 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      haha you can totally do it!

  • Reply
    ana {bluebirdkisses}
    January 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

    ok you just convinced me to make this…or better yet to send this to my husband to make since he’s the bread maker in the family

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    Jackie {York Avenue}
    January 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

    My Dad used to make this all the time and I LOVED it, especially with a nice bowl of soup. I’m so glad you reminded me of it and how easy it is! I’m definitely doing this soon.

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    Victoria | Haute
    January 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    That’s awesome! I also have a fond childhood memory of homemade bread, and I attempted to make some myself this year (with a bread maker) and I failed. lol. But in all fairness, I was trying to make whole wheat bread it and was waaaay to dense! I’ve been meaning to try again, but haven’t gotten around to it!

    Your bread looks delicious!! :)

  • Reply
    January 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

    YUM! Bread is a serious addiction of mine.

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    Erica | cupcakes and coffee breaks
    January 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    That looks so yummy… homemade bread is the bomb

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    January 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

    WOAH – not only does this bread look incredible but your photography is soooo stunning!!! I’m going to try my hand at making some of this soon – there is seriously NOTHING better than fresh bread with butter and jelly! xx

    • Reply
      January 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Molly!
      and I totally agree

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    Leah @ Freutcake
    January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful bread and photos Jacquelyn! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply
    January 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    What is it about bread and jam that is just so marvelous?

  • Reply
    January 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    That’s one pretty loaf! I like your no-knead style.

  • Reply
    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I love bread way too much!

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    January 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    dang, when im 4 drinks in i can barely boil ramen noodles!

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    This looks delicious. It’s pouring rain outside here, so this is something I have got to do tonight. Warm, soft bread on a cold morning = perfection x

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    Katrina - Dot Dot Dash
    January 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

    this bread looks like heaven!!
    would die for a slice
    x kat

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    January 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

    This looks so delicious!! Definitely didn’t think bread could be made this easily!

  • Reply
    February 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Could I possibly get the recipe? I’m dying to try this!

    • Reply
      February 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

      The recipe is linked in the post! Click on the bolded words that say “this video”

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    February 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Do you use warm water? Or just regular water?

    • Reply
      February 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      I know it wasn’t specified, but I used room temperature water and it worked out well!

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    February 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Love these photos!!! I’m so proud of your bread making! I’ve never made before. I also love that you made it after a few drinks :) xo

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    Linda Barker
    February 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Where is the recipe for the Rustic Bread? My mouth is watering.

    • Reply
      February 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Hey Linda! The recipe can be found when you click the bolded words “this video”. Let me know if you have any trouble!

  • Reply
    February 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hey guys! I know some of you are having trouble tracking down the recipe. You have to watch the video here:

    They explain how it’s done in the video!

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    February 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I came over from The Veda House and have already started a loaf… I can’t wait!

    I also found the receipe via Smitten Kitchen here:

    Thanks so much!!

    • Reply
      February 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks for the link! It’s nice to have the recipe actually written out, I must admit. How did yours turn out??

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    February 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    just found your site and have a bread lover in the house won’t he be impressed with me, maybe Valentine’s day, we are having a stay in dinner. thank you, I love your style

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    February 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    ummm…my dough isn’t rising like the recipe says it is supposed to…any suggestions? It’s in towels doing it’s 2 hour “rising”

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    Gaby [The Vault Files]
    August 10, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Must try this, the first time I spotted a simple recipe was on Noemie’s blog As Ink Remains, and immediately bookmarked it, must do this soon! Looks incredible, gorgeous pics! Nothing like just made still warm bread.

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