No Knead Artisan Bread . . . it only takes four ingredients to make this hearty, chewy bread. It’s delicious served with soup or just slathered with butter!
No Knead Artisan Bread
This recipe has popped up all over the bloggy world. Everyone raved about it so I couldn’t wait to try it. The problem was that you must start it a day ahead, and I kept forgetting. Seriously, it took me over a month before I finally got my act together and started the night before.
What are the ingredients in Artisan Bread?
Artisan bread only has four ingredients – flour, salt, yeast, and water!
How to make Artisan Bread:
Heavily flour your counter and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
Using enough flour to keep dough from sticking to the counter or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape the dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton dish towel with flour. Place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with more flour. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours or till doubled in size.
When you heat your oven, you heat your pot in it at the same time. Then you place the dough into the hot pot, cover, and bake it. Uncover it and bake it till it’s as brown as you like. We prefer a softer crust, so I don’t brown mine too much.
It comes out just like a loaf of Artisan bread that you spend a fortune for at the bakery.
Crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside, it makes you think you are eating at an Italian restaurant. Yum!
How do I store Artisan bread?
Traditionally, it is stored in a paper bag or a plastic bag that has holes to allow for air circulation. That helps keeps the crust crunchy. We actually don’t mind our bread softening up, so I just store it in a plastic bread bag.
Because it has no added fat, it is best eaten fresh. It’s still good after a day or two stored at room temperature. It will last a few days longer, it just won’t taste quite as fresh.
It is fantastic all on its own, but it is pretty epic slathered with some butter.
You’re gonna love it!
If you love homemade bread like I do, you’ve gotta try these recipes:
Artisan Bread Recipe
- 3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/4 teaspoon rapid rise, instant yeast (I used SAF)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 5/8 cups water
- In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add water and stir until blended; dough will be very sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rest at 12 -18 hours at room temperature.
- After 12-18 hours, the surface will be all covered with bubbles. Heavily flour your counter and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
- Using enough flour to keep dough from sticking to the counter or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape the dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour. Place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with more flour. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, it will be more than doubled in size.
- About 20 minutes before dough is ready, heat your oven to 450°. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in the oven as it heats. Carefully remove pot from the oven.
- Slide your hand under the towel and turn dough over into the pot. Shake pan once or twice to distribute the dough evenly. It will look like a hot mess, but that is OK. Cover the pan with a lid and bake 20-30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 minutes, until browned.
- Dump bread out and cool on a cooking rack.
Recipe inspired by Your Homebased Mom
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g
-Recipe originally posted Jun 24, 2009, updated October 2018.