Easiest ever no-knead bread

Don't sweat it, this no-knead bread recipe needs minimal effort for maximum reward. Delicious served for breakfast or to accompany soups or stews.

Points to remember:

  1. Pour 500ml warm water into a large bowl and sprinkle over the yeast. Stir to distribute the yeast, then add the flour, rosemary leaves and sea salt. Once everything is well mixed, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise overnight, or for 8-12 hrs. 
  2. Once the dough has risen, brush the inside of another large bowl with the olive oil and dust with 1-2 tbsp flour. Carefully tip the bread into the floured bowl and dust the top with more flour. Cover again with cling film and leave to prove for 1 hr. 
  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place a large casserole dish, small roasting tin or cake tin in the oven to heat up. When it's really hot, take it out of the oven and quickly tip in the dough. (The dish or tin should be hot enough that the dough will sizzle when it goes in). Sprinkle with a little more flour and bake for 45 mins-1 hr or until the bread is risen, golden and, if you tap the crust with your knuckles, it sounds hollow. 
  4. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack and leave to cool for 10-15 mins before slicing. Delicious served warm with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt flakes. 

Try out your new technique with our No-knead beginner's loaf

Comments, questions and tips

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9th Sep, 2019
I made this over the weekend. I'm do very little cooking but my wife was genuinely amazed! Tasted great and looked even better.
5th Oct, 2017
Has anyone tried this bread
13th Sep, 2018
Is it possible to let it prove any longer than 12 hours, let's say 15 hours? Because if you want to serve it warm at a drinks party in the afternoon you can't do it on the same day.
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18th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. 15 hours will be fine.
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