No kneading Bread

No kneading bread is simple and only takes 4 ingredients. This bread makes wonderful leaves of bread that can be baked daily. Just cut size portion of the dough needed, shape, let rise until doubled, and bake. This process only takes 2 to 3 hours. The wait is well worth the time the bread takes to make, a crusty, moist bread.

No kneading bread loaf 14 ounces baked to golden brown

Four simple ingredients to No Kneading Bread:

There is just four ingredients to make No Knead Bread. The key ingredients are flour, yeast, salt and water. Choosing the right flour determines the type bread. If you like rustic bread, the best flour to use is Bread Flour it has 12 to 13% gluten. Then if you want pan bread use unbleached all-purpose flour, this has 10 to 12% gluten. Gluten is what forms structure of the bread, more gluten higher, better shaped loaf. Where the all-purpose flour will be flatter and less height loaf bread.

No Knead Bread sliced using bread flour, see the height and structure.

Right Yeast for no kneading bread:

Yeast is also extremely important this is leaving agents for the bread. The most popular type yeast used is instant fast rinse yeast. This is super yeast giving you a better rise quick and easy. Red Star Premium Instant Yeast is best. But any good in code yeast will work. Note if your yeast date has expired do test to see if it is still active. The test is cup 100 degree water 1/2 teaspoon yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Let test yeast activate this should take about 10 to 15 minutes maximum. If there is no activity, bubbles and foam form at top, throw it away it’s dead yeast.

Importance of Salt:

Salt is also a very important part of making bread. Choosing a salt that isn’t iodize, just plain salt works well. The purpose of salt is flavor, control grown of yeast and helps developing gluten. Without salt the texture would be off, and bread would be very bland. Be sure that the salt doesn’t come in direct contact with yeast. Putting salt on the other side of flour away from yeast, this keeps yeast from slowing down.

Why water is important:

Final key ingredient is water, having the temperature at just right level. The water should be just warm to the touch, somewhere between 100 to 110 degrees. Using a digital thermometer is wonderful way to make sure the temperature isn’t too high. Too high of temperature will kill yeast, about 115 degrees the threshold in killing yeast.

Making the No kneading bread dough:

Measuring all the four ingredients accurately is very important. Using a digital scale is best way to measure the ingredients. Digital scales are far more accurate then using volume measurements, in cups, pints, quarts and gallons. Setting the scale to grams is easy way to measure the bakery goods, it’s very accurate. Still USA hasn’t really adopted the metric measures in baking, still this is a great way to measure ingredients. The recipe for no kneed bread will be in both metic and USA measures.

First measure all ingredients accurately, starting with bread flour first, then instant yeast, followed by salt, finally the warm water (105 degrees). These ingredients can be put into a large 6 quart mixing bowl. Be sure to put the yeast on one side of the flour and salt on the other side of the flour. Stir the dry ingredients together. Next add the warm water (105) degrees in middle of the dry ingredients.

Mix add the four ingredients for the bread with spoon or heavy duty rubber spatula. Stirring the bread dough ingredients until well combined and dough becomes elastic. This takes about 1 to 2 minutes of stirring, the dough will become hard to stir as bread dough becomes elastic. Next cover dough with plastic or lid that fits the bowl. Let the bread dough go through the first rise, about 2 hours. The dough should double in size, punch the dough down. Cover the dough again and refrigerate, for up to 5 days.

Rested No Kneading Bread in 6 quart bowl for two days.

Shaping, Proofing and Baking:

Cutting bread dough into portions with bowl scraper into desired size. The portion size can range from 8 ounces to 16 ounces. Shaping bread dough into rounds by using your hands, by working into tight ball. Pushing the dough with hands under until the dough gets into tightly shaped round ball.

Shaping bread dough into very tighter ball

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No kneading bread is simple only uses four ingredients. A big batch of dough that keeps in refrigerator for 5 days. Cut portion of dough, then shape, proof and bake. Results into tasty country style bread loaf.
Servings Prep Time
4 Loafs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 24 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Loafs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 24 Hours
No kneading Bread
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No kneading bread is simple only uses four ingredients. A big batch of dough that keeps in refrigerator for 5 days. Cut portion of dough, then shape, proof and bake. Results into tasty country style bread loaf.
Servings Prep Time
4 Loafs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 24 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Loafs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 24 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Loafs
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Instructions
Mixing No Kneading Dough
  1. Measure all the ingredients accurately, starting with the water first. Be sure water is about 105 degrees, put in a 6 quart bowl. Next measure flour and put into the bowl over water. Continue measuring salt put on one side four. Finally measure the yeast and put on the other side of flour, making sure that yeast doesn’t touch the salt
  2. Sir the bread ingredients with heavy duty spoon until all ingredients are combined and gluten is developing. This takes about 2 minutes to mix and develop gluten.
  3. Next cover bread dough in mixing bowl with plastic wrap or lid. Leave the bread dough out at room temperature for first rise. This takes about 1 to 2 hours, depending on room temperature.
  4. After the first rise punch the dough down. I like using bowl scraper, but using hands lightly greased will also work too. Note the dough is very sticky because of its high moisture content. This deflates the bread dough and develops more gluten.
  5. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 24 hours to develop flavor. This dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Shape and Bake
  1. Remove bread dough from refrigerator, and cut a portion of the dough off. This could weigh about 12 to 14 ounces for nice loaf of bread.
  2. Shape the cut portion with greased hands, by folding dough under the both hands. Keep fold the dough under until it forms tight ball. The is called rounding bread dough up.
  3. Place rounded bread dough onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle flour over each bread loaf, coating tops well with flou
  5. Next cover bread loafs with plastic and let the bread do it’s final rise, until doubled. Then slash with sharp knife at least three times, to allow bread to expand as it’s baking.
  6. Bake in 425 degrees convection oven or 450 conventional oven. Set a rack in the middle of oven, place the sheet pan with bread on that rack. With water in a pan, to provide steam as it is baking, put it on the bottom rack or floor of the oven.
  7. Bake the bread loafs for about 20 minutes or until center of the loafs reaches a internal temperature of 190 to 200 degrees. Remove bread from oven onto cooling rack.
  8. Allow bread to cool before cutting, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cut with bread knife into desired portions.
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Retired Chef Instructor teaching 32 years of culinary arts. Blogging on creative foods by Chef Dave, featuring hot and spicy, chocolate, baking and Weight Watcher Smart Point friendly foods. Vegetable gardening, photography, and creative cooking is my passion.

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