4-ingredient no-knead bread

Better than the bakery.
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1 loaf

You don’t need any expensive equipment or a special mixer attachment for this recipe. To make better-than-bakery bread, simply get out a bowl, wooden spoon and Dutch oven (a cast iron lidded pot).




Put flour, water, salt and yeast in a bowl. Beat well with a wooden spoon until no dry flour remains (add extra 1/4 cup water if needed). Cover, set aside for 1 hour, then refrigerate overnight.


Put bowl of dough in a tray of warm water for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 200°C fan-forced (220°C conventional). Put Dutch oven in oven to preheat for 30 minutes.


Turn dough out onto a floured bench. Use a spatula to drag edges to centre several times to make a ball. Invert on a baking paper square. Make a few slashes in top. Place dough in hot Dutch oven, fit lid, bake for 15 minutes. Remove lid and bake for 30 minutes more. Set aside for 30 minutes. Slice and serve with butter, jam and fruit.

No knead bread

Cook’s tip

If you prefer a chewier loaf with a more farmhouse crust, reverse the cooking order and bake for 30 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered.

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