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.
My grandfather wasn’t going to start there so he bought a bread maker and found a new hobby. He had so many loaves of bread overflowing from his kitchen – pumpernickel, whole wheat, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Let’s make this quick no knead bread!
Faster no knead bread without dutch oven
- 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
Mix the flour, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl.
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.
Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let rise for 1-2 hours.
After the rising time is up preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
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!
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.
Devour hot (I do) or wait a bit for easier cutting (oh you people with restraint!)
For a different and also super yummy version, try this No-Knead Whole Wheat Olive Bread
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Do you have an easy white bread recipe that is your go-to?