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no knead crusty white bread

Easy No Knead Yeast Bread Recipe

Enjoy this crusty easy no knead yeast bread recipe with our straightforward instructions. This homemade no knead crusty white bread is delicious and bursting full of flavor without having to knead or mix the dough. This is a must try recipe if you love homemade bread that is flavourful, crusty and simply amazing.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Fermentation/Final Proof 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 35 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 200 kcal


  • 500 grams of all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 10 grams salt
  • 380 grams water lukewarm (105°F or 40°C)
  • 10 grams active dry yeast or 30 grams fresh yeast


  • Add the yeast into a small bowl, then add 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water and mix until it dissolves.
  • Combine the flour, salt, water, and dissolved yeast into a large bowl or medium size bucket that can hold about 5 liters.
  • Stir the mixture with a spatula just until a sticky mass is developed. Essentially you want to stir until the flour absorbs all the water.
  • Cover the bowl or pail with plastic wrap and allow the no-knead dough to bulk ferment for at least 3 hours at room temperature. Another option is to cold ferment the dough overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Once the dough has gone through the fermentation process, Transfer the dough onto a flour working surface and divide it in half.
  • Fold and shape each dough piece into a round boule, which doesn’t need to be perfectly round, and transfer onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure to give enough space in between both loaves as they will expand during the final proofing.
  • If you want to bake on a stone, dust a board or tray with some rice flour or semolina and place the formed dough onto it.
  • Cover the boules with plastic wrap and allow them to proof at ambient temperature for 70-80 minutes.
  • While the loaves are proofing, preheat your oven to 455°F (235°C) and set the rack to the middle position. Place an empty shallow pan on the rack below to add hot water to create steam during the baking.
  • Once the bread is fully proofed place it into the oven, if baking on a stone, carefully slide it onto the stone. Add a cup of hot water into the bottom pan and close the oven door.
  • Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Enjoy your delicious no knead crusty white bread.
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