This no-knead artisan bread recipe is adapted from the cookbook, “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day”. It’s a great recipe to use when baking Artisan bread for the first time.

There are a few things in the culinary world that intimidate me for no logical reason. Artisan bread would have to be in the top 5 if I were to actually sit down and write that list. I don’t know why. I have done a billion cake like breads, but to me, they don’t count. I’m talking yeast and dough and kneading.

However, I was determined to overcome this silly fear by taking on my first artisan bread dough with a no-knead version. Pretty much can’t screw that up, right?

So after Googling and Tastespotting,  then not reading the recipe through, this is what I came up with:

No Knead Artisan Bread

adapted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

makes four 1 pound loaves.

3 cups lukewarm water
1-1/2 tablespoons granulated fast acting yeast (2 packets)
1-1/2 tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt
6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached all purpose white flour

1.  Add yeast and salt to the water in a 5 quart bowl or a plastic container with a lid.

2.  Mix in the flour – kneading is unnecessary.  Add all of the flour at once, measuring the flour by scooping it and leveling it off with a knife.  Mix with a wooden spoon – do not knead.  You’re finished when everything is uniformly moist, without dry patches.  (it said wooden spoon, but I just used my hands as my BF doesn’t have wooden spoon – that was probably a bad choice as it was crazy messy >.< but who cares)

3.  Allow to rise. Cover with a lid (not airtight – I used a large bowl and cling wrap – but not sealed).  Refrigerate  overnight (they say you can use it after 2 hours of rising, but the dough is better to work with over night – and will taste better as time passes).

4. Shape your loaf.  On a upside down baking sheet, sprinkle a little flower. Sprinkle the surface of your dough in the container with flour.  Pull up and cut off about a 1-pound piece of dough.  With flour dusted hands, stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball as you go.

This no-knead artisan bread recipe is adapted from the cookbook, "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day". It's a great recipe to use when baking Artisan bread for the first time.

5. Let the loaf rise / Preheat your oven. Let the dough rise about 40 minutes (it doesn’t look like much has changed). Preheat your oven and baking stone to 450 for the last 20 minutes. Place a rimmed baking pan on the rack under your stone.

6. Dust the loaf with a little flour and slash the top with a knife. (haha, I forgot this step – it wasn’t the end of the world).

7. Baking. Quickly transfer your dough ball to the stone in the over and poor water into the rimmed pan under it. The water in the pan creates a steam that gives the bread the crusty outer layer.

8. Cool all the way through

9. Enjoy!

10. Store the extra dough. You can store the extra dough in the same not air tight bowl it is in for up to 14 days. Once again, they say it gets better the with time.

My other culinary accomplishment this week was a nice baked chicken – using the best of both an Anne Burrell and Ina Garten’s simple baked chicken recipes.

baked chicken dinner

And on that note, I have just potted some rosemary, lavender, and parsley (and by I, I mean, my BFF’s hubby did all the work – thank you so much Arthur!). Hopefully they live long enough to be used as herbs for something in the future. I would love to see them grow and actually get all down and dirty in the yard planting all kinds of beautiful things just to spruce up the place.

Now go be happy and bake yourself some no-knead artisan bread.


  1. I’ve made this recipe. It was fabulous! Did you try the olive variation? Well, I guess if you like olives, I mean. Saw you on SITS.

  2. I love baking bread, but no knead bread sounds much more manageable with our lifestyle. Had to order the book, and then decided to get the healthy one too!

  3. I’m giving this a shot! I’ve never seen a bread recipe without some sort of sugar. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks!

  4. Ooo I love fresh herbs. It really helps with improv cooking because you can bee-bop into the garden and just pick what you want and get right back to cooking without having to go to the store!

    I love this bread recipe. There is literally ALWAYS some of this dough in my fridge. This is one of my top 3 fave bread recipes for sure.

  5. congrats! i agree with you. for some reason, bread is the biggest culinary fear of mine as well. i think it’s easier to screw up a bread than it is to screw up a risotto or souffle. too much chemistry and reactions that need to happen just right with the heat and everything. it’s really intimidating. this bread looks fantastic. you did a great job. yay!

  6. Yeast and kneading used to scare the hell out of me too! Then I just tried and tried (and tried….). You just need to become friend with the dough. It takes practice but it’s so rewarding. I think you did a pretty good job at this bread. One step at a time. Next time you will conquer kneading 🙂

  7. I have absolutely no success with yeast, it doesn’t rise in the oven! Even if I get it to double in size while resting it still doesn’t move in the oven. I am determined to beat it though, yours looks great!!

  8. As bad as I am with bread – I’m ready to give this a try. if it even comes out 1/2 as good as this looks, I’ll be elated

  9. Awesome job on your first yeast bread. 🙂 It looks beautiful.

    I’ve always thought pizza dough was an excellent jumping off point for yeast breads…but no knead is an excellent choice.

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