No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread

I have something amazing to share with you today! I mean, you’ve seen artisan bread before but you’ve probably never seen it as easily made as this! I’d say this is one part recipe, one part magic trick… it’s just incredible. You’ve gotta trust me.

The beautiful, crusty and fluffy bread that results from just four ingredients will knock your socks off! All it takes is flour, salt, yeast and water, all mixed up in a bowl and set to rest for 8-24 hours. Sounds like a lifetime, I know, but waiting is the only difficult part of this recipe.

Just make sure your flour is fresh and yeast isn’t expired. I’ve used both active dry yeast and highly active dry yeast with great results!

Look at those scrumptious slices! They’re just begging to be slathered with goat cheese and honey, or topped with tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of good olive oil.

Oh, the possibilities…

I get it, though. You probably already have lots of questions about how it’s baked, what kind of cookware you can use besides a Dutch oven, and how long you should let yours rise. You can click “Read More” to scroll through the picture tutorial, full recipe, and my notes. These are just all the answers I found when I had some of the same questions!

The dough only takes 5 minutes to come together, but it does take some time to rise. All of your patience totally pays off when this lovely loaf comes out of your oven, though.

If, like me, you’re standing there slack jawed when it’s done, you know you got it right!

I’ve already made a few of these fabulous loaves and will make many more around the holidays, too. I can envision mixing in lots of fun flavorings… rosemary, lemon zest, Parmesan, garlic and cranberries just to name a few ideas!

[Scroll down to see the full written recipe with no pictures. This is just a tutorial to give you an idea of what each step should look like. Hope it’s helpful!]

In a large bowl, stir together your flour, salt and yeast. Make sure to use fresh, non-expired ingredients. Pour in warm water and gently stir until you’ve created a messy, shaggy dough that looks something like this (above). Do not over-work the dough. That’s it!

Just cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit anywhere between 8-24 hours at room temperature. You want it to rise and “bubble” to the surface. I let this dough rise about 9 hours.

Once it’s risen, place your Dutch oven into a 450 degree F oven to preheat. See notes below about other cookware you can use.

Meanwhile, pop your dough out onto a well floured surface. It will be sticky, but with floured hands you can easily form it into a round dough ball.

Cover it loosely with plastic wrap while your Dutch oven preheats. If the cookware you’re using isn’t enameled or nonstick, slip a piece of parchment paper underneath the dough at this point.

Carefully remove your Dutch oven from the oven, pop in your dough, and cover it with the lid. Back into the oven it goes, so set that timer for 30 minutes and wait for the magic to happen!

Isn’t this amazing?! Here’s what it will resemble after baking for 30 minutes. Now remove the lid, put it back in the oven, and bake an additional 7-15 minutes uncovered.

The uncovered baking time just depends on your oven. Mine only needed 7 more minutes to get gorgeous golden brown, but it can vary. Just keep an eye on it.

Voila! Pop it out, slice it up, and slather one (or twelve) with butter, STAT.

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No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread

Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2-3 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (active dry or highly active dry work best)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Special cookware needed: Dutch oven or any large oven-safe dish/bowl and lid*

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and stir using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a shaggy but cohesive dough. No not over-work the dough.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours*. Dough will bubble up and rise.

After dough is ready, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your Dutch oven, uncovered, into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

While your Dutch oven preheats, turn dough onto a well-floured surface and, with floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rest.

After the 30 minutes are up, carefully remove Dutch oven. With floured hands, place the bread dough into it. (You can put a piece of parchment under the dough if your Dutch oven isn’t enamel coated.)

Replace cover and bake for 30 minutes covered. Carefully remove cover and bake for 7-15 minutes* more, uncovered.

Carefully remove bread to a cutting board and slice with a bread knife.

Enjoy!

 

NOTES

Uncovered baking time depends on your oven. In my oven, the bread only needs 7 minutes uncovered until crusty and golden brown, but this can vary. Just keep an eye on it!

Preheating your Dutch oven to 450 degrees F will not damage it.

I’ve let this dough rise anywhere between 8-24 hours and it has baked up beautifully. Just make sure it has risen and appears to “bubble” to the surface.

There’s no need to grease the Dutch oven/baking dish/pot. My bread has never stuck to the pot. If you are concerned though, put a piece of parchment paper under your dough before placing into your pot.

I do not recommend using whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour in this recipe. The resulting bread will be very dense, and not as fluffy and delicious.

I used a 5.5 quart enameled cast iron Le Creuset pot, but you can use any large oven-safe dish and cover. All of these also work: a baking dish covered with aluminum foil, crockpot insert, stainless steel pot with a lid, pizza stone with an oven-safe bowl to cover the bread, and old cast iron Dutch oven.

      

122 Responses to “No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread”

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 15, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    I love a good, no knead, crusty homemade bread!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 15, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    4-ingredient crusty bread?!! Yes please! I could honestly make dinner out of this.

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    tahlia - the parenting files — April 15, 2013 @ 2:16 am

    this seriously could not get any easier!!!! Amazing!!! x

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 15, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    I love the simplicity of this gorgeous loaf.

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — April 15, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I’m so glad you loved this recipe as much as I did Georgia- your loaf looks perfect!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 15, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I love crusty bread, so much. This looks wonderful, Georgia!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 15, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I’ve been meaning to make this bread for months now! And your post might just be the kick in the butt I need to get around to it! :) Looks incredible.

    Baking your own bread is always so rewarding! I’ve made a similar no-knead bread before, but substituted about 1/3 of flour with whole wheat and didn’t see much texture difference. I know you mentioned not to substitute WW, but do you think you could add in just a bit??

    • Georgia — April 15th, 2013 @ 9:06 am

      Thanks Laura! You can try a little bit of whole wheat flour, but I still don’t recommend it. Substituting in just a small amount won’t make much of a nutritional difference anyway. :/ Feel to experiment though!

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    Joanne — April 15, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    that is one GORGEOUS loaf! I can’t believe it’s as easy as five minutes of your time! The crust is perfect.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 15, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Homemade crusty bread is my favorite! This looks incredible, can’t wait to try it!

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    SaltySweetSour — April 15, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    This looks divine! I’ve been meaning to attempt a recipe like this for ages.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 15, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I don’t know whether to be excited or scared that this bread seems so easy to make. For a carboholic like myself, easy recipes can be simply dangerous.. but I can’t say no to such a crusty, perfect bread!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 15, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    That bread is gorgeous!

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    Natalie — April 15, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Looks PERFECT! Just like the one’s I buy at the bakery, great recipe!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 15, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    This does look like magic! Pure, delicious, amazing magic. So totally pinning and making this, and then probably eating the entire loaf, let’s be real.

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — April 15, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Yummy! I love making bread, but I’ve never made a no-knead one before, this looks gorgeous and yes those slices look just ready to be slathered in glorious amounts of tomatoes, olive oil… dipped in soup, toasted… and I’m such a carboholic I’ll just eat it on its own! :)

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking — April 15, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    STUNNING! I love how you made it and how delicious, crusty and golden it looks. Fantastic job…had to pin it few times!:))

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    angela @ another bite please — April 15, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    I could just tear into this and eat plain..i love bread like this…and 4 ingredients i love that even more! beautiful pictures

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 15, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    Made this style of bread a few months ago, and it blew my socks off! Anyone who doesn’t think they can make bread from scratch needs this recipe and tips immediately!!

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    cristina — April 15, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    So I can use a crock pot insert? do i cover that with foil? not sure if the lid will withstand the heat..

    • Georgia — April 15th, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

      The lid won’t, but yes, you can cover it with aluminum foil.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 15, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    A wonderful no knead artisan bread with perfectly golden crust and open crumb, Georgia.

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    katie — April 15, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Oh wow–this looks amazing. I am new to bread making and am totally addicted. making this in the next few weeks for sure.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 15, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    What a gorgeous loaf of bread! I want a couple warm slices with a bowl of salty butter to swipe them through!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 15, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    Whaaa!!??? SO SIMPLE! And it looks crazy gorgeous and rustic and super duper delicious!!!!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 15, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    I absolutely love this! So simple and it looks completely perfect – so crusty and all those beautiful air pockets!

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    Juli from VA — April 15, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Just made this for dinner & I’m amazed! It looks just like your pictures! Soooo easy! Can’t wait to throw some butter on this yummy bread!

    • Georgia — April 15th, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

      Isn’t it crazy? So glad you made it and love it! It’s just as amazing with butter as it is dunked into pasta sauce!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 15, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    There’s nothing better than homemade bread! This looks incredible, can’t wait to try it!

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    Honey What's Cooking — April 15, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Looks wonderful. Love artisan bread and you got it so perfectly round. I’m so intimidated to make breads like that at home.

    • Georgia — April 15th, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      Please don’t be intimidated, this one is SO easy! :) Give it a shot!

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    cristina — April 15, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Last question.. if mixing in rosemary or lemon zest, would you add it when you mix all the ingredients, or before the oven? sorry, first timer with bread..

    • Georgia — April 15th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      No worries. Just add your mix-ins with the dry ingredients, before adding the water.

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    Monet — April 15, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Your bread looks beautiful! Isn’t this the best recipe? So easy and so satisfying. We are due for another cold spell in Colorado, and this would go so well with a big pot of soup. Thank you for sharing!

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    val — April 15, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    All I need is some salted butter and I could eat this for weeks.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 15, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    I am allll over this! What an awesome, quick, way to serve up delicious bread!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — April 15, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Ooh, I have everything I need to make this. Including the cast iron Dutch oven! I think this might be a weekend project for me very soon. :)

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 15, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    Oh-oh-ooooooh!!! This is one lovely loaf… saw me off a slice, please!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 15, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    Oh girl. You had me at “no knead” ;) I would be in heaven with this bread, some butter, and raspberry jam. And I won’t share!

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    Liz — April 15, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Oh, I’ve made this bread! It’s scrumptious…especially warm with a pat of butter. Make that LOTS of pats of butter. I’m overdue to make another loaf…yours looks spectacular!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 16, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    No Knead eh. Sold! I’ll try it tonight!

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    Pam — April 16, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    That is seriously one beautiful loaf of bread!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 16, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    You had me at no knead. This will definitely test my patience but it looks so worth it! :)

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    Jessica - The Novice Chef — April 16, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    5 minutes?? No knead??

    I think even I can make this bread! ;-) Sounds so good!

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    elisabeth@foodandthrift — April 16, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Just pinned your no-knead Artisan bread to my #bread love board on Pinterest, and I’m anxiously wanting to make this real soon. Yours is the BEST so far that I have seen shown on blogs. So gorgeous with the beautiful crust, and light and moist on the inside. Love your photos, as well…superb!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 17, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    I learned about no knead artisan bread recipe a year ago, and i STILL haven’t made it. With your GORGEOUS bread pictures, I’m completely convinced that I need to do this very very soon. I cannot wait to eat this. Probably first one will be gone right after it comes out from the oven!!! Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 17, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    This looks absolutely perfect!

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    Annie — April 17, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    I made this a few months ago and yum! How easy and delicious it is. I tried it with spelt flour too and it was great.

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    Laura Dembowski — April 18, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    This looks so yummy! Homemade bread is always the best and it’s even better when it’s easy to make.

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    Patty — April 19, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Beautiful crusty artisan bread and no knead-I have to try this recipe..very soon ;-)

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    Laura — April 21, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    This was amazing. I can’t wait to make another loaf.

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    JoAnn — May 5, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    I made this today. My husband said all you need is a good chunk of cheese and the bread. This recipe is the best one I have tried so far. I baked it in a 4 qt cast iron dutch oven. I will be making more. Thank you.

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    Melina — May 22, 2013 @ 3:41 am

    Can you substitute the dry yeast with fresh yeast?

    • Georgia — May 22nd, 2013 @ 7:40 am

      I’ve never tried it, so I can’t recommend it. But dry yeast should be available at most grocery stores.

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — May 23, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    I can see my low carb idea flying right out the window. What an amazing bread!
    :-) Mandy xo

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    Cheryl Blakley — May 25, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Sounded too good to be true so I had to try it. Have to say, this bread is wonderful. Very crusty on the outside and a wonderful texture on the inside. Thanks so much for this recipe. Will make again and again.

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    Eileen — June 12, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Definitely making this SOON! I’ve got a batch of sour dough starter going right now so as soon as I finish that up no bake artisan here I come!

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    LUBA — June 13, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    Such an easy and delicious recipe!!! thank you so much! bwt LOVE your site. kisses from Jerusalem, Israel.

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    Heidi U — June 23, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I have made several loaves of bread – and hated them all. That is, until today. It took me 5 minutes to mix it up last night and 40 minutes to bake it this morning. And let me tell you, it is bakery quality awesome bread! Thank you!

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    Alyssa — June 26, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Just came across your website from pinterest… I’ve made 2 of your recipes so far (including this one) and am getting ready to make a third… both have turned out SO WELL and delicious. I love that your recipes are easy to follow, tasty, and not too much fuss. This is my new favorite food blog :)

    • Georgia — June 26th, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

      You absolutely made my day with this super sweet comment, Alyssa! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know that you loved this bread (and other recipes too). I hope you keep visiting and finding new yummy things to try. :)

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    Holly — July 3, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Absolutely loved this. Turned out beautifully. I am new to your site and will try many more of your recipes. Love the instructions and photography as well.

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    Chris — July 24, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I don’t mean to sound like a rookie, but did you put your Le Creuset in the oven. empty?

    • Georgia — July 24th, 2013 @ 8:49 am

      Yes.

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    Mark — July 28, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Hi, Your bread looks amazing!!! My bread came out kind doughy and not very light on the inside Any suggestions.
    Everything looked the same, except when I cut a slice it was doughy and not any holes like yours..I’m gonna try bread flour next. I used fresh ingredients. any help would be really appreciated. Thanks, Mark

    • Georgia — July 28th, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      If you followed the ingredients and directions exactly, my best guess is that the bread simply didn’t rise for long enough.

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    Renee Borello — August 1, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    Baked this bread today! The crust is perfect, so crunchy. A big hit with the whole family! Thank you!

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    Yvonne — August 17, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    My bread stuck to the parchment paper on the bottom. :(

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    T — August 17, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I made this today and I added Rosemary and lemon zest and it was delicious! How do I get those marks that are on top of your bread? It looks like two lines crossing one another?

    • Georgia — August 18th, 2013 @ 9:57 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! I scored the dough crosswise with a paring knife before baking to get the marks but there’s no guarantee that they’ll show up exactly like this on your bread.

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    Mark — August 20, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    Hi, I have had success with this recipe. Thank you very much!!! I have a question…I like semolina bread and I was wondering if I add one cup of semolina flour to two cups of regular flour, would you keep the yeast and everything else in the recipe the same? Or is there something different about semolina flour? Thanks for your advice or help.

    • Georgia — August 20th, 2013 @ 8:52 am

      Most likely the yeast would stay the same, but I really don’t know as I’ve never used semolina flour in this bread and can’t recommend it. With semolina, you might end up with a tougher, chewier bread. Best to keep the ingredients the same for best results!

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    Tina Swain — September 23, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    ALWAYS let the bread cool before cutting it. This is a fool proof recipe…my husband makes it ;-)
    He has gotten to be a great “slasher” . He can now score the bread to give the most attractive crust ears EVER! I like to try different scoring patterns.

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    Bob — October 1, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    Great recipe! For cast iron users,, I toss a little cornmeal in the dutch oven and add caraway seeds to the recipe and it kicks a$$.

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    Brianne — October 6, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    I am very excited to try this beautiful bread, and am wondering what mix ins have been successful. Would roasted garlic or cheese, maybe, be too heavy for this dough, or do you think “anything goes”?

    • Georgia — October 6th, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

      Those mix-in’s sound great to me! I have more suggestions in the post.

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    TJ — October 6, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I just prepared this last night and baked it today. I am dumbfounded!!! This is AWESOME!!! I will never have to buy Artisan bread at the bakery again. So delicious and absolutely foolproof! Can’t wait to do it again. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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    Brianne — October 7, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    A follow up to my comment earlier- I baked a loaf with sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil, stirred in before adding the water, and it was GREAT. It was only a half loaf (or half the recipe, so a small loaf) since I didn’t realize until I got fired up to make this that I was almost out of flour. Even that didn’t diminish it’s greatness. It just disapearred faster.

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    Bill — October 8, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    HI Georgia, this bread looks fantastic! I’ve been wanting to try bread in a dutch oven and I’m keeping this recipe. The bread looks just like what I get at Whole Foolds. Great post!

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    Tammy — October 10, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I stand with everyone else in awe of this recipe. When I looked at the bowl of foam mush this morning I never believed it would turn into anything edible let alone amazing.

    Cannot wait to try add ins and make again using what I learned from this loaf. Next time I will let rise longer and start my oven hotter ( I knew it ran about 25 degrees off but wanted to try the first one without adjusting anything). It turned out a little denser that I would serve to other people but my husband and I inhaled it.

    The crust is just amazing! So crispy but not too hard or tough. I told him we can never make this again when we are the only two eating it!

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    Elizabeth Moad — October 13, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    This bread is amazing! I have made it twice in one week and I’m sure it’s going to become a very frequent staple in my house. Easy, delicious absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much!

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    Lisa — November 9, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    Phenomenal results! Exactly as promised. Totally amazed at how simple this recipe was. My next attempt might be to let it rise a liittle longer, I did 8 hours. I might reduce my oven slightly & bake a little more. Slightly doughy but beautiful in texture, taste & color. Thank you for an awesome recipe!

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    Charle Anastasia — November 17, 2013 @ 1:34 am

    I just made this bread… Awesome… I made extra loaves for my Thanksgiving Bread bowls… they’re so beautiful. Thank you for the recipe. Super easy.. foolproof, and perfect for the baking challenged like myself LOL

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    Azusa — November 22, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I love you recipes. My 9-year old likes to try your recipe as well :)

    Question: I have 4 1/2 qt. LC pot. Would it be big enough, or should I use other method you mentioned under your ‘Note’?

    • Georgia — November 25th, 2013 @ 9:33 am

      A 4 1/2 qt. pot would most likely work fine. Just look at the size of your risen dough before baking and use your best judgment.

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    Venice Mitchell — November 23, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Just did this today. It came out looking great. This is my first time at this type of bread but I was pleased for first timer. It seemed a little dense. Definitely a hearty bread. I think my oven temp I need to work on. Didn’t come out as brown as I wanted but it was good. Practice makes perfect, I always been told, Lol
    Will try to Pin pictures of it that I took to go onto my Board, and any helpful comments on the baking process will be appreciated. Thanks

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    Christianne — November 30, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    My only concern would be the knob of my LC pot. Can it withstand the heat. I have made this a couple of times by removing the knob, and then covering everything with foil followed by the knobless lid. But sooner or later, someone in my family will misplace the knob. I would prefer to keep it altogether but am nervous.

    • Georgia — November 30th, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

      Don’t worry, it won’t melt off or break! It’s fine with the knob.

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    Catherine — December 20, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    I’ve made this delicious bread about 8 times now. Several times for parties. I’ve mixed in rosemary and butter and salt the top during the midway mark. It is scrumptious. People keep telling me they are craving it, so it will be in their gift basket for christmas. Thank you so much! PS it is soooooo easy!

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    Joyce Perdue — December 22, 2013 @ 5:08 am

    Made this yesterday and was so thrilled with it. My loaf looks just like your picture. I make all our own bread and deserts and this will be made regularly…..at least twice a week. Also made my homemade spaghetti sauce that simmers all day and is a real favorite…..this bread goes perfectly with the spaghetti.

    Did not have the pan you have so used my crock pot that is glazed and used foil on it as someone suggested and it worked fine. My husband was impressed with this one.

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    schmendric — December 24, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    I’ve used this recipe and was quite pleased with the results. Only problem is putting the dough in my very hot dutch oven without getting burned, and removing the bread in a timely way, also without getting burned.

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    Diana Leonard — December 27, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    I made this for Christmas dinner. IT WAS SO AMAZING! THANK YOU! This is now going to be a staple in my house. I put rosemary, olive oil and kosher salt on top after I took the lid off for the last 7 minutes. YUM!!!

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    Robert — December 30, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    Any suggestion for making smaller loafs? I would like to make bread bowls for soup.

    • Georgia — December 30th, 2013 @ 8:22 am

      You can just shape the dough into smaller loaves and watch closely as you bake. They may require less baking time.

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    Myra — January 5, 2014 @ 1:45 am

    Hi, I made this bread and OMG was it great. I let it rise for six hours because it was tortuepre waiting the full eight. It was marvelous. We will be using male butter on this bread in the future.

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    Kate — January 12, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    This is INCREDIBLE! I can’t believe I made it. I really don’t like working with dough, but I love *good* bread. Rarely do I find bread with a fabulous crusty outside and a chewy, wonderful inside. WOW, this nailed it! I started it this morning and had it with dinner. I let it rise for about 10.5 hours. I did made some significant changes because I didn’t have the said ingredients on hand. Rather than 3C all purpose flour, I used 3/4 C all purpose, 1/4 C whole wheat and 2 C bread flour. I also added chopped, fresh rosemary (didn’t measure, just eyeballed it). I am both elated and in fear about this bread. I LOVED it. But I’m afraid I better just kiss that idea of losing 10 lbs. goodbye.

    Thank you (I think!) for this recipe. You made my day happier. :)

    P.S. Mine turned almost exactly like your picture, except with rosemary and a little bit flatter (probably because of the difference in flour).

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    Janelle — January 12, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

    Can this recipe be doubled? I love that it is so light when done rising…Thanks SO much for your post!

    • Georgia — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

      I’d suggest making two separate batches (in two different bowls) as opposed to doubling the ingredients.

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    Annamaria — January 14, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    I tried it today and I couldn’t believe the result! Wonderful!!! It looked exactly the same as on your pictures. Husband and son LOVE it.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Egle — January 15, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

    Hi, thanks for the recipe. KIndly explain how much is a cup in your terminology? 200 ml? I presume that the cup you use for flouw and water is the same size. Have you tried this recipe in a breadmaker?
    thanks in advance,
    Egle

    • Georgia — January 16th, 2014 @ 7:43 am

      Liquid and dry measurements are entirely different. You’ll want to search for a measurement converter on Google to find the conversion you’re looking for. This recipe wouldn’t be suited for a bread maker since a bread maker kneads the dough, and this is a no-knead bread.

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    Joy M. — January 22, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    Just made my very first loaf of crusty bread! It looks great except for the following. The bread is “doughy” on the inside and too much flour on the outside. I think I rolled it in the flour too much while forming into a ball. I followed the directions perfectly. I used an Xtrema ceramic pot to bake in. Do you think the temperature was too high? that I need to bake longer with or without the lid? I must admit, I did cut into it before it was totally cooled…. I was very anxious.
    Please help me to get that perfect loaf. I am so excited about this finding this recipe.

    • Georgia — January 22nd, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

      I’m not sure exactly what went wrong, but by the sounds of it you used too much flour and overworked the dough. It’s very important not to handle it too much, so as to allow those light, fluffy air pockets to form.

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    Krista — January 25, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    I’ve now used this recipe twice and I (and my hubby and 22-month-old) are huge fans. I, too, am amazed at how easy AND delicious it is! Usually bread is either difficult and delicious OR easy and so-so. But this is almost miraculous in its perfection! I did experiment a little bit with my second loaf – I used 3.5 cups of flour and increased the yeast to a full 2 teaspoons. The dough looked almost exactly as the first batch (your recipe posted here) after the 8 hours of rising, but then it was a bit easier to manage when forming into a ball, and actually baked a little taller/rounder without losing that airy center too much (it wasn’t AS bubbly I will admit, but still quite light).

    In summary, this recipe has changed my life. Haha! Thank you SO much for this! I will probably make a third loaf tomorrow, with fresh rosemary added. Yep, that will be the third loaf in 5 days. Don’t judge…. :)

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    Carol — January 26, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    Didn’t read the amount of yeast to use, just assumed the recipe called for an entire envelope. Any idea what will be my end result? I’m so disappointed in myself! Ugh!

    • Georgia — January 26th, 2014 @ 9:45 am

      Not sure, but an entire packet of yeast has about 3 teaspoons (1 Tablespoon), which is over double the amount called for.

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    Carol — January 28, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    Even though I used way too much yeast, the bread turned out delicious. Made it a second time “the right way” and the end result was very similar to the loaf made with too much yeast. I guess the moral of the story is it’s hard to mess up this recipe. My family and I loved this bread!

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    Ashleigh — February 5, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    Just made my first loaf and I want it to last as long as possible. How would you recommend storing it?

    • Georgia — February 5th, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

      I’d suggest wrapping it in plastic wrap and placing in a plastic bag. Stored this way, it should stay fresh for 2-3 days, though may not be as crisp.

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    Claire — February 8, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    This looks delicious! Is there a way to make it gluten free? :)

    • Georgia — February 9th, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

      No, sorry, I’ve never experimented with gluten free flours in this recipe.

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    andrea — February 8, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

    Do you have weights for this recipe?

    • Georgia — February 9th, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

      If you need measurements in grams, you can easily input them into a measurement converter found online.

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    Lynn — February 16, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    Mine came out beautifully! Looks just exactly like your photo….so impressed. I followed the recipe exactly and its perfect. My only warning? DON’T use your crockpot lid! I should have known better. Mine is glass, with a plastic handle, which of course, melted :(
    I made two loaves, one in my crockpot insert and one in a large stainless steel, heavy bottom stockpot. Both came out beautifully. I did use parchment paper, but didn’t need to. I will most definitely make this again…..thank you! :-)

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    Sheila — February 18, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    I found your website with a google search and I was going to make this for a friend. I didn’t read the directions first (as usual). So, while this was rising, I made them something else. i finished the bread today and it’s almost gone! My family loved it. My husband was quite impressed. At first he thought I bought it somewhere…….

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Nathan Benson — March 22, 2014 @ 1:12 am

    Great Recipe but it did stick to the bottom of my Le Crueset enameled dutch oven. So much so I had to rip it out of the pot and it left a layer of glued bread to the bottom that was so hard I had to soak overnight. I highly suggest using a bit of butter or oil on the bottom to prevent this. Other than this great recipe and it went fantastic with my homemade Gouda.

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    Pat — March 22, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    I made this bread this morning and it turned out perfectly! So easy and trying hard not to eat the whole loaf in one sitting!

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    pam — April 3, 2014 @ 12:09 am

    For those who have problems with the bread sticking to the pot……i sprinkle flour in the hot pot just before adding my dough………hasn’t stuck yet. (i use an enameled cast iron dutch oven.) We haven’t bought bread in months but sure buy alot of bread flour these days! lol :-)

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    Jules — April 5, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    Hi there. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious. I’ve got the dough rising in the airing cupboard right now. So looking forward to lovely fresh bread with dinner tonight.. Just a quick question: can you keep the dough in the fridge once it is risen but before you bake it? Thanks!

    • Georgia — April 5th, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

      Hi Jules – I wouldn’t recommend refrigerating the risen dough; it could deflate and not bake as fluffy. Just go ahead and bake once it’s finished rising.

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    Mark — April 6, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    I have made this many time now. I have given the recipe to many of my freinds and relations. My son is making it with part whole wheat and I just made it with rosemary and greek olives. It is the best find. I gave it to a teach of cooking at my school and she said she wanted to kiss me. It was the recipe she has been looking her whole life for. Pretty impressive.

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    Nancy — April 19, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    I made this yesterday and it was as easy as you described. Mine looked exactly like your pictures and it tasted amazing!

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