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Slow Rise No Knead Bread - Delicious Artisan Style Homemade Bread Recipe

Updated on January 4, 2018
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An Easy Recipe

If you like to make homemade bread, or enjoy the taste of homemade bread but do not have the time for several risings and all that kneading, this bread recipe is for you.

Fresh home baked bread is economical and delicious but can be a nuisance. Sometimes, it seems like you have to plan your whole day around the bread. But with the following recipe, you can whip up the dough quickly the night before. The next day, enjoy this hearty, artisan style bread with soups or stews. If you have a good sharp knife or an electric knife, you can use it for sandwiches.

Unlike a lot of homemade breads, this slow rise, no knead version is quick and easy to make as it needs no kneading. It has a chewy, firm texture like the kind you pay out the nose for at high end bakeries.

This rustic loaf is full of holes. It uses few ingredients and very little yeast.

Full Bodied Homemade Bread

Unlike many homemade products, this recipe creates a full bodied, firm loaf. Time does the work instead of kneading. And time reduces the amount of yeast that you will need.

While most breads demand the use of sugar to feed the yeast, sugar is not needed in this recipe as, once again, time takes care of that.

While there are two versions offered here, I have found that the all bread flour recipe works best. A loaf made with bread flour offers more protein than all purpose flour. Using whole wheat flour means that you must add the gluten as whole wheat is a bit heavier than regular flour. Spend a bit more time mixing if you use whole wheat flour to yield better results.

The first time I attempted this bread, it did not turn out very well as I could not resist the urge to allow it to rise in a warm spot. But room temperature rising is best as it is time that makes the dough rise.

The dough will be of a very gooey consistency, so do not expect the heavy dough of typical homemade bread.

Slow Rise No Knead Bread Recipe

2 Cups Bread Flour

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Cups Warm Water

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Yeast

Or, you can omit the all purpose flour and use 4 cups of bread flour. Note - the white flour needs no sugar. Neither recipe calls for oil or butter.


Whole Wheat Version

2 Cups Bread Flour

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

2 Cups Warm Water

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Yeast

1 Tablespoon Gluten

3 Tablespoons Sugar

What is gluten?

Gluten is a form of protein found in flour. Gluten makes bread elastic and helps to maintain its shape. Adding a bit of gluten to whole wheat flour for whole wheat bread helps to create a more elastic dough out of the heavy whole wheat flour.

Wheat gluten can be found at health food stores or in the health food section of your local grocery store.

Preparation

  • Mix yeast with warm water and allow to bloom. (That means, wait 5 minutes until you see the yeast creating bubbles or a light foam in the water)
  • Mix dry indgredients
  • Add water to the dry ingredients and stir vigorously.
  • Dough will be gooey
  • Place dough in bowl and cover with a towel
  • Set the bowl out of drafts at room temperature and allow to rise for 15 hours. That's right, 15 hours.
  • After 15 hours, dump the dough onto a floured surface. It will still be wet and gooey and will spread out.
  • Fold 4 times
  • Return to bowl. cover and let rise 2 more hours.

The bread dough will be quite gooey

Slow Rise Bread - Full of Holes

Cooking the Slow Rise No Knead Bread

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Preheat and grease a Dutch Oven
  • Dump the dough into Dutch Oven
  • Cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes
  • Uncover and cook for 20 more minutes
  • Remove from Dutch Oven and cool on rack.

© 2010 Dolores Monet

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    • Sue Bailey profile image

      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I've just started baking my own bread again. I'm experimenting with sour dough at present and having some success. I might try this as I like the idea of no knead. Voted up and useful and shared with my followers.

      It's going to take me a while but I intend to do my best to work my way through all of your hubs. I've made a start already and shared them with my followers. I don't know why I didn't notice your work earlier. Truly great stuff!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Angela Brummer - you are certainly right about that! I like to serve homemade bread with soup. Thank you!

      Hyphenbird - thank you! This makes such a nice, chewy loaf!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Angela Brummer- I have not made this one for awhile - of course making bread is best in colder weather. Thanks!

      Hyphenbird - Thank you! Follow the recipe exactly and don't mess around with it like I did on my first try. I know it seems as if there are not enough of certain ingredients we usually use in breads. This is such a nice, chewy loaf!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum. I make bread and now have a craving for it. The loaf you show looks easy enough and is just lovely. There is something so basic and satisfying about bread making. Thanks for the great and mouthwatering recipe.

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh I can't wait to try this!!! It just smells like home with fresh baked bread!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Linda - thank you!

      Sannel - the bread is not as soft as kneaded bread, it has a real body and is great for sandwiches. Thanks!

      prism - hope it turns out well! Thanks!

      kitty - good luck with the bread making! Thanks!

      Hi, Peggy - I am a bit of a bread nut and make bread at least once a week. Once you get in the habit, there's nothing to it! Thanks so much!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      I haven't made homemade bread in some time but love good loaves that are crusty and with a bit of body. This looks like it would be the type of bread that we would enjoy. Thanks for your recipe. Will have to give this a try. Voted up and useful.

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      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      It sounds easy to make. I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • prism3x profile image

      prism3x 

      6 years ago

      sounds like wonderful bread! Will try this out soon! Thanks for sharing

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      SanneL 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      No knead bread. . . is music to my ears!

      Looks wonderful, bookmarking this recipe!!

      Thanks!

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      Linda 

      7 years ago

      Your bread recipe brings a smile to my face and a growl to my stomach.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      cheneats - thanks!

      creative thinker - I love to bake bread, but more often during the colder weather. This is a wonderful cold weather recipe as it is so robust. Thank you!

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      A.CreativeThinker 

      7 years ago

      I love making bread, especially the old fashioned way!

      The smell, taste and texture! Oh, the thought makes me

      want to go and bake some bread!!! Thanks for sharing this

      lovely recipe Dolores Monet. Great Hub. :)

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      cheneats 

      7 years ago from Sunshine State

      YUM ... thank you for sharing!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      gr8 - I have never tweaked this recipe. But, using a 'regular' bread recipe, I have added provolone and cooked sausage - it's delicious!

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      gr82bme 

      7 years ago from USA

      Fantastic tips. I make my own bread all the time. I do not like store bought bread. I have never seen this recipe. I am starting mine today. I think I will try adding the cheese.

      Thank you

      Tina

      Voted up and bookmarking. I am also going to share with friends on FB

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      hahaha...Going to get the ingredients today to get started..can't wait to tell you if I was able to do it right or not..keep your fingers crossed..:)

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sunnie - I just made bread the slow way today because I forgot to make the dough last night, too interested in listening to Old Time Radio! haha! Thanks!

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      That sounds like a fine idea as I too have a little trouble getting side tracked..need to have steps..and in some sort of order..Thank you so much. Excited to try it soon.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Sunnie - the only trouble with this recipe is that you have to remember to put it together at night. By ten o'clock, I am lucky I remember my own name, let alone make bread, haha. I often put the dry ingredients in a bowl just after dinner and have everything out on the counter so that I remember to make it. Thank you!

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Hello Dolores

      Thanks to 50 he sent me your way..looking forward to reading more hubs and trying out this bread recipe..I love the idea of the dutch oven..Thanks again.

      Sunnie

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Will - I tried it with half regular flour and half bread flour and it did not rise so well as when I used all bread flour. Hope it works well for you! Thanks!

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I'll have to try the all bread flour recipe. That and a dutch oven would be a great way to make a loaf of campfire bread. I'll be trying it next month and I'll let you know how it worked out.

      Very useful Hub and voted that way.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      mulberry - it is easy. Just follow the instructions and don't monkey around with it like I did when it flopped. thanks!

    • mulberry1 profile image

      Christine Mulberry 

      7 years ago

      Sounds easy and looks good. I've made homemade bread only a few times, but this sounds like something I could tackle.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Kamran - thank you!

    • Kamran100 profile image

      Kamran100 

      7 years ago

      YUMMY, .......WONDERFUL HUB

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sally - so glad for your success! I love your daughter's comment complete with eye roll and moan.

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      Sherri 

      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Success! Even in my cold and drafty house, even though I managed to accidentally turn the oven OFF for the first 30 minutes of baking. Yikes! This bread recipe is sooooo tolerant. My daughter had a comment worth sharing, "It's not like any bread I've ever tasted before," at which point she did that roll-up-the-eyes gesture and moan a little. This one goes in my permanent file. Thank you!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Granny - homemade bread is so wonderful, especially in winter. Hope you like it! Thanks!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I make homemade bread all the time. This looks like a great recipe. Will try

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      crafty - thank you! Baking is so much fun and it makes the whole house smell great. Good luck with the bread and I hope that you like it!

    • craftybegonia profile image

      craftybegonia 

      7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      I love artisan breads. Baking is one of my favorite activities in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing! Voted up.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Jennifer - I love the old fashioned 'real bread' texture of this recipe. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Burss profile image

      Jennifer Burss 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      This bread sounds delicious! I've made other breads but not quite anything like this one. I may try it soon. Thank you for sharing!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Bob - thanks! Hope you enjoy the bread!

      Susie - thank you!

      esatchel - I have one in the fridge now but you use yeast as well as baking powder. It's quite convenient. Thanks!

      Kat - I use granulated yeast. Maybe I should put that up in the hub - thank you!

      Ben - Hi, good to see you! Where do I get my bread dough? This is a recipe for bread dough. If you mean where do I get the bread flour - most grocery stores carry bread flour, marked clearly on the bag. One does not see it if you are not looking.

      As far as the non wheat business, I don't know much about that. And I have not attempted to tweak the recipe either, so you're on your own there! Happy New Year!

      And water? No water under a rack.

      Bread Man - the raising is not in a warm place but room temperature. Notice how little yeast we use in this bread, part of the whole slow rise thing. Thanks for commenting.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      No water or anything goes under the rack in the dutch oven Dolores?

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      Bread Man 

      7 years ago

      Dolores, this looks good and seems pretty easy. It is similar to a recipe that I use but this one has to raise for a lot longer.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      this sounds great Dolores, yum. I have tried homemade bread with all purpose flour and it tasted like pretzel bread, though not as good as pretzels lol.

      I look forward to trying this, where do you get your bread dough? Is there any non wheat you'd suggest? I see rye bread imported all the time, the stuff here's always mostly wheat with a little rye in it.

      Best

      Ben

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      Kat07 

      7 years ago from Tampa

      Which kind of yeast do you use?

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      PDGreenwell 

      7 years ago from Kentucky

      I have a book with recipes based on a similar principle. You make the dough and you can keep it in the fridge and pull out some and bake a loaf when you want it. It's a little different than the typical loaf pan kind of bread but is really quite rustic and delicious!

      I'll give your recipes a whirl. I love fresh baked bread in the winter months.

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      SUSIE405 

      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Looks like a good recipe, I will try it.

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      Bob Ewing 

      7 years ago from New Brunswick

      I love homemade bread will try this one. Thanks

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      lender - at first I was glad that the bread turned out so well. Now I'm glad that the picture turned out! Thank you!

      RedElf - then this no knead bread is just right for you! Although you will have to stir a little. And it is great with soup. Thank you!

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      RedElf 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I used to love baking bread and buns, and did so every week. Tendonitis makes it too painful for me to kneed bread anymore, so I have to rely on my kid's bread machine - and it hates me. I will definitely have to give this a try over the holidays with some homemade soup!

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      lender3212000 

      7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      The picture alone made me want some and that was before I even read the article. Looks wonderful!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Amy - I love homemade too, all kinds of things. Making your own things at home is creative and (often) thrifty. Good to meet you!

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      amybradley77 

      7 years ago

      I am following since there is a love of the Home Made here. I started making home made things a few years ago, as a way of saving money in our hard economic times. Now I love it so much I can't stop. I have posted some pictures, but there will be many more coming. Some of Great-Grandmother style home made things too. Thank you, A.B.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Dolores Monet,

      It turned out great! My husband agrees - it is a winner! Thank you!

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Goldie - have you noticed that yeast has become quite expensive? I like how this bread uses way less yeast than regular homemade bread. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

      Alicia - I have my mom's old aluminum Dutch oven, but I want a cast iron one. Thank you! I make mine before bed too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Crusty and chewy bread is my favorite kind, and this recipe looks so simple! Even the long rising time isn’t bad if the ingredients are mixed in the evening before bedtime. I also like the fact that the bread contains no sugar or fat. I don’t have a Dutch oven, but I’m thinking that it might be a good idea to buy one.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I am trying this right now. Thank you! I have wanted to make bread at home, just bought the yeast and I am ready to go. Thank you - this looks like the best bread for dipping - crusty and natural.

    • Dolores Monet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Dave - with some recipes, I love to fool around and try new tricks but have not yet done so with this one. Why don't you try your ideas out? It's only 4 cups of bread flour. But don't forget that you cover the bread for 30 min when you bake it so you would have to figure out a way to cover the rolls. And cinnamon sounds great. Thanks and good luck!

      Sweetsusie - my first was a flop but I did not use all bread flour - hope this great minimalist recipe works out well. Thank you!

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      Sweetsusieg 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I went to the store last night and bought some bread flour!! I'm all set, I'll let you know how it turns out!!

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I love the aroma and taste of fresh bread. This sounds yummie. After the second rising, I was just wondering what the chances might be of breaking the bread dough down to make bread rolls out of it on a cookie sheet? I was also wondering about the idea of adding some raisins and cinnomon to make some raisin bread. Would these ideas work with this recipe?

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