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loaf of Dutch oven bread on red and white checkered towel

No Knead Dutch Oven Bread

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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x


No knead Dutch oven bread is a deceptively easy recipe for a crusty, artisan loaf of bread. The 5 simple ingredients mix up in just 5 minutes, there is no kneading to messy your hands, and only a short two hour rise time. Once you try this easy bread recipe you’ll be a convert!


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  • 2 cups warm water (105-110F)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) dry active yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • olive oil for greasing the bowl


  1. Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes or until frothy. You want the water about 100 degrees, I recommend using a meat thermometer to check it if you aren’t sure if it is warm enough.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour and salt, stir to mix.
  3. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture and stir to form the dough. (See note below)
  4. Grease a separate large bowl and transfer the dough to the second bowl to rise. Turn the dough in the bowl to lightly coat with oil on all sides.
  5. Cover the dough with a clean towel or paper towels and set in a warm place to rise for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  6. Dust a large pice of parchment paper lightly with flour. Turn the dough out onto the paper and form into an oval. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature as the oven preheats.
  7. Preheat oven to 470F with empty Dutch oven and lid inside as it preheats.
  8. Once the oven is preheated, carefully remove the Dutch oven and lower the dough AND parchment paper into the Dutch oven. Cover carefully with hot lid.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes covered, then remove lid and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before slicing.


If the dough is too sticky to handle after mixing, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until less sticky. If the dough seems too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together into a shaggy ball.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 189
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 699 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg