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Faster No Knead Bread Without Dutch Oven

Faster No Knead Bread Without Dutch Oven

You don’t need a dutch oven to make your own super delicious and easy homemade bread.  This easy white bread recipe shows you how to make your own no knead bread without dutch oven.

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2 hour no-knead bread recipe

There is nothing that equals fresh bread baking in the oven on a crisp autumn or cold winter day…it is the epitome of cozy smells.  Even people who are baking-challenged can make their own bread at home…really!   First of all you could use a bread maker. 

When grandmother passed away over ten years ago, after some time went by my grandfather wanted to learn how to cook.  It’s not that he didn’t make anything , but my grandmother was truly great in the kitchen.  She could adapt and experiment and created many of her own gluten-free recipes because she had celiac disease.  This was waaaay before there were so many prepared gluten-free goods – she couldn’t just go to the store and get gluten-free pasta or bread.

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Try one of these soups to go with the fast no-knead bread:

So my grandfather bought a bread maker and found a new hobby.  He had so many loaves of bread overflowing from his kitchen – pumpernickel, whole wheat, cheese bread, cinnamon raisin, garlic, rye – that he had to give many away because he couldn’t keep up with eating everything he made.

Baking was definitely part of his healing process after my grandmother passed away.  I love making bread too and find it therapeutic after a stressful day.  I used to make bread all the time to sell when I had my bakery business.  But I don’t always have time anymore to leisurely make bread for scratch.  That’s why I wanted to make an easiest no knead bread recipe.

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Same day no knead bread without dutch oven

A lot of no knead bread recipes have the dough rest overnight to rise.  These recipes are great too but sometimes you want bread the same day, ya know?  Yeast still needs time to do its thing, but this recipe cuts the time down to make this 2 hour no knead bread.  Same day homemade bread without having to knead for 10 minutes when you have kids to wrangle makes this the best no knead bread recipe in my opinion!

For another AMAZING no-knead bread recipe, try this no-knead focaccia recipe!

It only takes four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, and water.  It’s important that you use instant yeast as this is no knead bread and we’re not giving it tons of time to rise overnight.  Instant yeast will work perfectly.

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This is how the dough looks after you mix the 4 ingredients together

Let’s talk about the water temperature for a minute.  In the recipe below I say “hot water”.  I know, this is super technical and precise.  I don’t use a thermometer for an exact temperature because I have found it really doesn’t matter that much.  You do want it to be hot, not lukewarm, not warm, you want hot.  Put your faucet over to the hot side, let it warm up, and then measure out a cup and a half.  That’s it.

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And this is how it looks after the rise time

I love no knead bread made in a dutch oven too but not everyone has a dutch oven.  Most people have a loaf/bread pan.  This quick no knead bread can also be made right on a baking sheet instead which is what I did here.  My absolute favorite cookware is the Lodge brand.  They make high quality cast-iron cookware and I have slowly been replacing all my old non-stick bakeware with the cast-iron versions.

Since this is a no knead bread without dutch oven it won’t be super crusty on the outside.  It will be softer, golden brown and so yum slathered with butter, dunked in a soup, or for your morning toast.

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Let’s make this quick no knead bread!

Yield: 1 loaf

Faster no knead bread without dutch oven

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2-3 tbsp unbleached flour, to shape and transfer the dough

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl.  
  2. Pour in the hot water all at once and stir.  Dough will be sticky and not smooth.  Just get it all mixed together so you don't have mix clumps of unmixed flour.
  3. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let rise for 1-2 hours.  
  4. After the rising time is up preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Remove the saran and add another couple tablespoons to the dough just to help you handle it because it will be sticky.  You don't have to knead it, remember this is a no knead bread recipe!
  6. Bake as one loaf for 30-40 minutes or split in two and bake the smaller loaves for 25 minutes.  To know when the bread is done, it should sound hollow when you tap it.
  7. Devour hot (I do) or wait a bit for easier cutting (oh you people with restraint!)  

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

For a different and also super yummy version, try this No-Knead Whole Wheat Olive Bread.

And for a yummy breakfast bread, try No-knead cinnamon raisin bread with pecans.

Other recipes that would go well with this easy no-knead bread recipe:

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And for another easy bread recipe, try these 20-minute pumpkin bagels (they really take 20 minutes from start to baked!)

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Have you ever tried making no knead bread?

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Ash

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Hi, this looks great! If I were to use wholemeal flour, would I keep the same amount of water? Thanks

TheCuriousFrugal

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Hi Ash! Thanks! :) Yes you can keep the same amount of water with a wholemeal no-knead bread version. Just make sure you're using regular all-purpose whole wheat flour (not pastry wholemeal flour - but it would say pastry so you're likely totally fine!) I hope you love this no-knead homemade bread recipe.

Martie

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Can this recipe be turned into a raisin bread?

TheCuriousFrugal

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Hi Martie! Yes it could! I often use this simple bread recipe as a base for different variations. You could add a cup of raising and some cinnamon or whatever you usually like in your raisin bread. The only thing I would do is either soak the raisins or I would make sure there aren't too many on the surface of the bread dough. With the high heat in this bread recipe, I wouldn't want the raisins to get overcooked :)

Teresa Mendizábal

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Hi! thanks for posting the real temperature mi suggestion if that you always specify it! :) gonna try your recipe but I am uncertain about temperature because you said you use a tray and the hot air is around the dough. I made another recipe last month and that was exactly my problem, the bread did't cook well because of the recipe made for a tray and I used a baking pan and realized the problem for not gettng well cooked was the pan ...because didn't have the air around ... I stuck to your recipe because I saw at first the use of loaf pan, but don't see anywhere about you mentioning the temperature for this - the loaf pan, Can you help me?

TheCuriousFrugal

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Hi Teresa. Thanks for your interest in my homemade bread recipe! The temperature is included in the recipe. I have made this no-knead bread both ways - in the loaf pan and directly on a baking pan (not in the loaf pan first). It turns out deliciously both ways. I use the same temperature. If you're using the baking sheet method, make sure add a bit of extra flour when you're forming the loaf shape so it doesn't spread out too much. Hope that helps!

Lois Kluskiewicz

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Can I use bread flour in this recipe?

TheCuriousFrugal

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Yes absolutely! :)

Su Hui

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi! Thanks for sharing the recipe! May I know the temperature of the hot water please? Sorry cause I don't have a hot water faucet. Thanks :)

TheCuriousFrugal

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Hi! I just checked and I use water that is about 100 degrees F. Hope that helps! :)

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