This no-knead dutch oven bread recipe is just 4 ingredients and takes 5 minutes of work before letting it rise overnight and then throwing in the oven. I mean how easy can something be?
Who doesn’t love the smell of bread? It might actually be my favorite smell on the planet, but it’s something I just never really make. That has changed since discovering this bread recipe. If you haven’t come across a no-knead bread recipe in the past year, then you might be living under a rock. That or you just don’t read as many food blogs as I do. I feel like every food blogger has posted their own version, so it’s about time I did the same. This one by Jo Cooks is just one of many out there!
What makes this recipe so great is how easy it is. You literally mix 4 ingredients together and then just let it rest overnight before baking, or 8 hours if you’re in a time crunch. Yes I’m kidding slightly here as this is a recipe that truly does need the time required so you need to plan ahead. It makes a rustic bread that is super crunchy on the outside but melt in your mouth on the inside. It’s the perfect bread for dipping in sauces! So if you’ve never made one, give this easy bread recipe a try.
What Ingredients are in No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread Recipe?
- All-purpose flour
- Sea salt
- Active dry yeast
No-Knead Bread Variation Ideas
There are a ton of varieties for this bread. You can do something Italian like rosemary and garlic where you just add 3 garlic cloves, minced and a tbsp fresh rosemary chopped to the batter. Or you could do a jalapeño cheddar bread where 1 jalapeño, diced and 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese. The possibilities really are endless.
Are there Dutch Oven Alternatives?
Yes. A deep oven-proof skillet can work as well as an oven-proof soup pot. If you don’t have lids you can cover with foil. An oven-safe casserole dish can work as well. Big thing for any of these is they have to be able to withstand 450°F.
Other Bread Recipes
No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F to 115°F)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour salt and yeast until mixed. Pour the warm water and use a spoon to stir until the dough forms a ball. The mixture will be wet and sticky to the touch.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for 8-18 hours, until the dough rises and flattens at the top with bubbles. (The longer the better).
- Heat the oven to 450°F. Once the oven is preheated, place a 6-quart Dutch oven with the cover on in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Punch the dough down and flour a sheet of parchment paper. Transfer the dough to the parchment and with your hands floured, shape the dough in a ball. Sprinkle the top of the dough lightly with flour. Place some plastic wrap on top and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Remove the Dutch oven from the oven. Remove the plastic wrap and transfer the dough with the parchment wrap beneath it. Cover the Dutch oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the dough is golden brown on top. Cool slightly before serving.