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No Knead Overnight Artisan Bread

4.8 from 48 reviews

This classic artisan No Knead Bread recipe is super easy to make. Perfect for beginner bakers with minimal work involved, and it tastes great every time!




  1. Combine flour, salt, and yeast in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add water and mix well. The dough will be hard to stir and shaggy, not smooth like traditional bread dough.
  3. Cover with a towel and let rise overnight, 8 to 18 hours. The sticky dough will bubble and rise.
  4. When you’re ready to make bread, flour your hands and your working surface and turn the dough out. Without kneading the dough, gently form it into a ball. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for one hour.**
  5. After the dough has risen for 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 450F and put your Dutch oven or oven-safe pot (that has a lid) inside to preheat. Do not put the lid in the oven. Preheat for 30 minutes.
  6. When the dough has rested for an hour, and the pot has preheated, remove the pot from the oven. Carefully lift the dough from the surface and place it into the pot. If your pot is stainless steel and not lined, you can line it with a piece of parchment paper first.
  7. Replace the lid and place the pot back in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on.
  8. Carefully remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool completely (at least 30 minutes in a spot where air can flow freely above and below).


*Vital wheat gluten is optional but helps create a more pliable, softer loaf.

** To turn this recipe into individual bread bowls, divide the dough into two balls before allowing it to rest for 1 hour. Use two smaller oven-safe pots (with lids) and proceed with the remaining directions as written.

To cut the tops out, cut like you would the top out of a pumpkin: angle a sharp, serrated knife both down and in towards the center of the loaf. Take care not to cut too far down, otherwise, you’ll poke a hole through to the bottom. Cut out the top and either serve, reserve for homemade croutons or breadcrumbs.


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