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No Knead Artisan Bread

December 2, 2015 (Last Updated: October 15, 2020)

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This no knead artisan bread is made with just 4 simple ingredients. It  is mixed and folded, but not kneaded, and then baked in a dutch oven.  The result is a flavorful bread with a crusty crust. 

A round loaf of crusty bread on a wooden cutting board.

Thanksgiving is over and it’s back to regular work and schedules.  I love holiday weekends, especially when they involve four days off and lots of food and family!  

We are still feasting on leftovers. We had a massive turkey this year!  No really – you won’t believe how big this baby was!

A piece of rustic bread spread with butter with a round loaf of the bread in the background.

One of my favorite things about long weekends is all the extra baking I get done!  I made No Knead Artisan Bread this weekend!

This bread recipe has been floating around for quite a while, but if you haven’t jumped on this wagon yet, it’s time to get on board!  Some of my other favorite bread recipes are included in this collection of bread recipes

A cooked loaf of bread in a dutch oven pan lined with parchment paper.

This bread is super easy to make.  The hardest part, you have to wait at least 8 hours after mixing the dough before you do anything else.  

The best part…well eating it is the best part, but the other best part…if you aren’t ready in 8 hours you can wait till the next day or the next!  Wait time is your friend here.  The longer it sits, the more sourdough like it becomes.  This is a good thing!

A round loaf of bread with a slice cut off one end.

Do you see all those wonderful holes?  That’s a sign of a great artisan bread.  That come from a very long rise.  This bread is cooked in a dutch oven.  I used our cast iron one that we use on camp fires.  Nothing fancy at all.

You can use your favorite dutch oven.  However, if you use an enameled dutch oven make certain the handle on the lid can withstand 450 degree temperatures.  You don’t want a melted lid and they aren’t all oven safe to that temp.

This bread was perfect for turkey sandwiches and perfect for dipping into turkey tortilla soup.  Did I tell you we raised turkeys this year?  Yep, we did.  Only I had heard that just because they look big doesn’t mean they are big.  Sometimes you think your turkey is really big, but it ends up being this puny little thing when it’s ready for the oven.

There are a lot of feathers on those big boys and they really puff up to look extra big.  So we waited, and waited and waited.  We ended up with a 43 pound turkey!  I’m not kidding!!! 43 POUNDS!!!  And that’s 43 pounds of turkey plucked and free of all extra parts.  Oh my goodness, was all I could say. How the heck do you cook a 43 pound turkey?

Turkeys in dirt yard area.

These turkeys really don’t look all that big, but this picture was take August 3.  They were probably the perfect size 3 months ago!  Lesson learned.

A round loaf of bread with cracks on the surface of the bread on a baking rack.

For this no knead artisan bread, I used the recipe from King Arthur Flour and the technique for folding and baking from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  Mel has this technique perfected!  

This bread can be cut once it is cooled.  It has a wonderful crusty crust!  If you have any extra bread, just store it in a plastic bag.

Bread dough formed into a round shape on a piece of parchment paper.

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Don’t forget to PIN for later! A piece of rustic bread slathered with butter with a round loaf of bread in the background.

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No Knead Artisan Bread made in a dutch oven.

No Knead Artisan Bread

Homemade artisan bread cooked in a cast iron pot
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Baking, Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 large loaf
Calories 214 kcal


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 7 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • Add water to a large bowl of electric mixer.
  • Sprinkle yeast on top
  • With mixer running, slowly add flour and salt.
  • Mix until well combined. This will be a wet, sticky dough.
  • Transfer to a very large food safe container, cover with plastic wrap. This dough will more than double in size.
  • Place in a cool area overnight. You can use the dough after a few hours or let sit for several days.
  • When ready to use, place a large piece of parchment paper on the counter. Lightly spray parchment paper. Plop dough onto paper.
  • With wet hands, to prevent sticking, form into a rough rectangle. Gently fold one side over to the middle. Fold each side into the middle forming a package.
  • Carefully, but quickly, flip dough over so the seems are on the bottom.
  • Cover loosely with a lightly sprayed piece of plastic wrap.
  • Meanwhile, place a dutch oven with lid into the oven. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Heat dutch oven for at least 30 minutes in oven.
  • When dough has risen (about 30 minutes), open oven door, slide out oven rack and carefully open lid.
  • Grab all four corners of parchment paper and carry to the oven and place in dutch oven. Replace lid.
  • Cook for 40 minutes.
  • Remove lid and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a baking rack until completely cooled. Slice and enjoy!


This bread needs to rise in a very large container. It does tend to more than double in size. You will also find that the dough will rise and fall and rise again.
Plan for additional preparation time for the rise.


Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 6gSodium: 466mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 9mgIron: 2.7mg
Keyword artisan bread, bread, bread recipe, no knead artisan bread, no knead bread, rustic bread
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



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  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    December 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    5 stars
    Gorgeous bread Kathy. I haven’t made artisan bread in some time, don’t know why. It’s so delicious and we all love it. Thanks for the tip about the handle on the enameled Dutch oven. I don’t know if mine can withstand 450 degrees, and I sure don’t want find out the hard way!

    • Reply
      December 6, 2015 at 7:53 am

      You definitely don’t want to ruin your lid.

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    December 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I haven’t made no knead bread in a while, Kathy – but you’ve just giving me the little push I need! Will be making some this weekend. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      December 6, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Nothing better than baking bread on the weekend! Makes your whole house smell delicious!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    December 4, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I have been wanting to make this FOREVER but I don’t have a dutch oven ๐Ÿ™ I seriously need to invest in one!

    • Reply
      December 6, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Time to go shopping….you need to make this bread!

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    December 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    This is a lovely loaf! You can’t beat homemade bread – the smell and the taste.

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      The smell of bread baking is my favorite!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    5 stars
    Your bread is gorgeous! This no knead bread is so good, and so much cheaper than buying it at the store. This is so funny because I JUST made a batch of artisan bread 2 days ago (eating it as I read this post!) It is the BEST way to make bread! And I agree that the dutch oven is the way to go. You give yours a longer rise time and a little less salt than I do, which I think might contribute to what looks like incredible texture in your bread! I’m going to have to give this version a try.

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      There do seem to be a lot of different versions out there. The longer rise definitely helps with the texture. I’m not always patient enough to wait for two days though!

  • Reply
    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    December 3, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Growing up, we raised turkeys for one year. They are such an odd bird, good thing they’re delicious. Their feathers are also beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚ But on to the bread! I have not jumped on the no knead wagon yet, but I really should. This looks scrumptious! Time to stop being stubborn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      The turkeys are odd…but fun too! I loved all their noises, very different than the chickens! I hope you get baking some of this bread soon!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    December 3, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Your turkey weighs more than both my kids put together! Ha. Love it. That bread looks fabulous, can’t’ believe you cooked it in a Dutch Oven!!! How intriguing.

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I told you it was a big turkey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    December 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

    This bread looks amazing, Kathy. Love how easy this is, and plus this is no-knead! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      It really is easy…and delicious!

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    [email protected]
    December 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    5 stars
    Such a gorgeous loaf of bread! I’m excited to try my hand at this. I am all about those nooks and crannies! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Butter melts perfectly into all those little nooks! Yummy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Artisan is right! This bread looks amazing, Kathy! I want to just take a big hunk right out of the top of that bad boy. And 43 pounds of turkey? Holy woah…you’ll be eating turkey from now until Easter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      December 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      That turkey was much more than I ever imagined…and you are right, so much meat! My freezer is full!

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