No-Knead Artisan Bread

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Servings 16servings
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Passive Time 10.5hours
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Servings 16servings
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Passive Time 10.5hours
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and yeast. Add water and stir until a shaggy dough forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature for 10 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Place a 4 qt. Dutch oven into the preheated oven, without lid, for 30 minutes.
  3. While Dutch oven heats, turn dough onto a well-floured surface and form into a ball with floured hands. Cover dough loosely with plastic and let rest for 30 minutes. With floured hands, place the dough into heated Dutch oven.
  4. Cover Dutch oven with its lid and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 12 minutes more.
  5. Remove loaf from Dutch oven and cool completely before slicing.
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35 thoughts on “No-Knead Artisan Bread

  1. Mary

    This recipe is fine with a few alterations . 2 teaspoons of salt is too much – 1 and a half works just fine. I also add a teaspoon of malted barley flour if I am not using artisan flour.
    Lastly I slash the dough on top with a sharp knife or a razor blade to allow it to rise further during the baking process. The addition of chopped olives and/or dried rosemary with a sprinkle of sea salt on top makes this loaf of bread special.

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    1. Charlotte Brooks

      I just made this and it turned out fabulous! I used my Le Creuset stoneware. I agree it was a bit salty. I’ll do it with less salt next time – thanks for the tip!

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  2. David Antonacci

    Fantastic result every time. Delicious bread that everyone loved. Beautiful body, texture and the bite was awesome. A real throw-back to bread from when I was a kid.

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      1. recipe specialist

        Hi Charla,
        We haven’t tried this with Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, but please let us know if you have good results!

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Rachel,
      You should be able to double this recipe for two loaves, though you may have to adjust the water a bit if needed.

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      1. Rick Bruner

        Hi. That was my question, too. I’ve made this recipe a few times in recent weeks, with great results. But I tried doubling the recipe this weekend, and it seems I need to also adjust the cook time, as I timed it as before, and it seemed a bit under. Any commend on that? Thanks.

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        1. recipe specialist

          Hi Rick,
          If you’re doubling the recipe to make one large loaf you’ll need to increase the cook time significantly. If you’re making two loaves, the bake time should still be about the same as baking one loaf. This could vary slightly depending on if the temperature changes in your oven (if you’re opening the door frequently to check on the bread for example). When done baking, the loaf should be a deep golden brown color and should sound hollow when you tap gently on the top of the loaf.

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  3. Kaz

    Love BRM Artisan flour and used the exact recipe, but when it came to the bake I used my pizza stone on the center rack with a cast iron frying pan on the bottom at 450 degree with a 40 minute warm up while the dough was resting. Then I slide my boule onto the pizza stone on parchment. Set over all time for 35 minutes and at 20 minutes I removed the parchment and continued for the last 15 minutes. The result(205 internal temp) was perfect crust and soft chewy inside with a taste that all who tried it loved.. Regards

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  4. Eileen

    Do you have to use artisan flour or will other flours work, i.e., white whole wheat, bread flour, us bleached flour?

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  5. Karen Hall

    Curious about what you consider “room temperature” for the initial rising … we keep our house pretty cold in the winter. My gas oven does have a “dough proofing” setting. The manual indicates only that it is below 100 degrees and “is optimum for bread proofing.”

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Karen,
      Room temperature would ideally be about 70°F. This dough is unique in that it has a long (10 hour) bulk fermentation period. If it proofs too quickly this can affect the flavor of the dough, so you don’t want it to get too warm too fast. If you can adjust your oven settings to an exact temperature this may be a good option, but “below 100°” is a big range, so if you can’t get it to a specific temperature you may just want to search for the warmest spot in your kitchen (maybe on top of your refrigerator?) and leave the dough there.

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  6. Lisa

    Can you let the dough rise longer than 10 hours? If not, can I put the dough in the fridge for part of the time to slow the rise time?

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Lisa,
      We wouldn’t let the dough go much longer than about 12-13 hours, but leaving it at room temperature is preferable; it should not need to be refrigerated.

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      1. Pat Borzewski

        I baked this bread the other day and I ended up being too leave it for closer to 22 hours. While it rise only so much, the recipe was one of the best I’ve baked. I am glad to have found the recipe.

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  7. Joyce

    Baked several loaves of this bread, it was great except the bottom crust is crazy hard. What can I do to soften a little. I mean you can’t cut it unless you stand it on it’s side to finish the slice and really saw.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Joyce,
      If you’re baking the bread in a pre-heated Dutch Oven and still getting a hard crust you could try placing the Dutch Oven on a baking tray which will provide a bit more insulation. We would also recommend using the middle or upper rack in your oven if possible, so you may need to adjust the position of the rack if needed to move it further away from the heat source. Reducing the baking time a bit may also help.

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  8. Susan

    This smells wonderful baking in my oven. What modifications would be needed if I wanted to try this with whole wheat bread and is there any whole wheat equivalent artisan flour? Thanks so much!

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Susan,
      Whole wheat flour can be used, but you would need to mix it 50/50 with a lighter flour like All Purpose or similar or else it will be very dense and heavy. Artisan Bread Flour is unique in that it is a very high protein flour which is ideal for breads, and has malted barley flour added which helps yeast breads to rise.

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  9. Babs

    I’ve made this bread three times and sadly the third time my favorite le cruset cracked! What else can be used to cook this in????

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Babs,
      We’re so sorry to hear about your favorite Le Cruset dish cracking! You can use any oven safe dish as long as it can withstand temperatures of 500°F. You can cover the dish with foil if you need an alternative to a lid. This will change the way the bread bakes, however, and you may not get the same crackly crust as you would in a dutch oven, but this method will still work to bake a No-Knead loaf.

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  10. Corey

    NIce, easy, tasty….
    I will be making this again (and again)

    I can see adding herbs or olives.
    I can see reducing the salt

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  11. Claudia

    This bread is now a standard in our kitchen and meal time. I too can see adding some things to vary it up a bit, but am wondering when’s the best time in the process to do that or if it’s a good idea at all???

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Claudia,
      We’re glad you’re enjoying this recipe and thank you for letting us know! Herbs and add-ins like cheese can be mixed in with the flour in step one and you can follow the mixing instructions as written. We may recommend letting the dough chill in the refrigerator overnight if you’re adding cheese or other temperature sensitive ingredients; when you’re ready to bake, pull dough from refrigerator, form into a loose ball and let rise at room temperature for about an hour before baking as directed.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Jenn,
      We would normally suggest at least a 10 hour rise so that dough can develop fully (which will produce a better flavor and texture). You can try baking after 8 hours, but it may produce a loaf that is slightly smaller than usual. We hope that you enjoy the results and please let us know if we can help further.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Jenn,
      To incorporate a sourdough starter we may suggest replacing 1/2 cup of water with your sourdough starter and omitting the yeast. You can then follow the recipe as written.

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  12. Dorothy K

    I baked this but my Dutch Oven is too heavy and I’d like to use something else.

    I love the recipe and would like to use it again.

    Would the Emile Henry Bread Cloche work in place of a Dutch oven?

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Dorothy,
      You should be able to use your bread cloche to bake this loaf but we would recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions for bread baking, especially regarding oven temperature. Using a bread cloche may change the baking time as well so you may need to adjust for this.

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