No-Knead Artisan Style Dutch Oven Bread

Just 4 simple ingredients to make my homemade no-knead bread! This dutch oven bread requires barely any work and you don’t have to be an expert bread maker to make good bread. Stop paying for artisan style bread when you can make it at home!

No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejarIt’s another carby Friday!

I have a super dysfunctional relationship with bread. I don’t know what it is. Actually, scratch that. I know exactly what it is. It’s a submissive relationship. Something like 50 Shades of Carbs or something. It says, eat me, and I do. All of it. Without thinking twice.
Sigh.
 
This dutch oven bread has been a tough nut to crack. It threw me for a loop a few times before I finally settled on this recipe and this method. Believe it or not, this no-knead bread started off as a slow cooker recipe. And after tasting umpteenth pieces of semi raw bread dough, I threw in the towel, gave the slow cooker a nasty look, and grabbed my dutch oven.
No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar
 My absolute favorite part about this artisan style bread is that it’s soft and chewy on the inside while the crust is nice and crispy. I’ve had it straight out of the oven wheel it was still hot, with butter and jam for breakfast and this week, i’m turning my leftover stale bread into croutons. The possibilities with this dutch oven bread are endless.
To tell you the truth this bread reminds be of those large loaves you find sitting in baskets in those le chic coffee shops and bistros. And while some random French baker is probably going to tear his own hair out when he sees what my recipe is like compared to his super fancy thing, I’m still willing to bet that my bread tastes just as good as his (actually, I truly think mine tastes better, but we won’t tell him that).
No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar
 If you’ve been a frequent reader of LSJ, you know that up until very recently i’ve had a major fear of using yeast or making any bread products for that matter. But i’m telling you, you can make this recipe blindfolded. It’s that simple. It’s tossing a few ingredients together in a bowl and letting it hang out for a couple of hours. Pop on a lid or grab some plastic wrap, cover and let the dough sit in the refrigerator. And now you have 14 days to use it. How great would it be to make a double batch (and yes, you can double the recipe easily) and pop it in the fridge and have fresh artisan style bread at home, without the grocery store sticker.
And remember when I made this and we both drooled over it together? Well this bread would be perfect for your game day party. Cheese + homemade bread is everything.
No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar
 If you aren’t a bread maker, don’t freak out. Give me a couple more seconds to convince you. I’m totally going to baby step the whole process for you, are you ready?
  1. grab a bowl.
  2. add water, salt, yeast, and flour. Stir to combine.
  3. cover, refrigerate.
  4. bring dough to room temperature.
  5. bake.
  6. BADA BING BADA BOOM*
(*please note, this is not part of the baking process).
No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar
 That’s it my friends. It’s as simple as that. No need to knead the dough, no punching the dough down. In fact, I discourage you from punching the dough at all! The air bubbles really help produce a more airy and light bread.
How much better would bruschetta be on homemade bread? And what about croutons for that perfect salad? And what about when you just want garlic toast with that big pot of soup you’re making? This dutch-oven bread is the way to go.
Here’s my to-do list for you for the weekend.
  1. make soup
  2. make bread
  3. lounge out on the couch and eat soup with bread.
 No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar
No-Knead Artisan Style Dutch Oven Bread
Author: Little Spice Jar
Serves: 1 loaf (approx. 8 servings)
Just 4 simple ingredients to make my homemade no-knead bread! This dutch oven bread requires barely any work and you don’t have to be an expert bread maker to make good bread. Stop paying for artisan style bread when you can make it at home!
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups water (heated to 100ºF) (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast (active or instant)
  • 3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, sea salt, and yeast. Stir to combine, don’t worry if all the salt and yeast don’t dissolve. Add the flour and continue to stir until the bread dough is mixed. At this point you can place the dough in a tupperware box that’s 3 times the size of the dough (with a lid) or just use plastic wrap on the the mixing bowl. Let the dough rest for 2 hours at room temperature. If the room is particular cold, say in winter, let the dough rest for 2 ½ hours.
  2. When the dough has rested, you’ll notice it has grown in size and there are lots of small bubbles on the surface of the dough. Place the dough in the refrigerator. You can now leave it in there for up to 14 days.
  3. [b]When ready to bake the bread, remove dough from refrigerator 2 hours prior to when you’d like to bake the bread and allow the dough to rest and come to room temperature.[/b]
  4. When the 2 hours of resting time are up, position a rack in the lower third of your oven and preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  5. When the oven is done preheating, place a 6-8 quart dutch oven (with the lid) in the oven and allow it to heat for 30 minutes. While the dutch oven is heating, dust a large sheet of parchment paper with flour. Carefully remove the dough without punching it down and quickly shape it into a ball. You don’t want to over work the dough so this shouldn’t take more than 20 seconds. Dust the top of the bread dough with flour, cover with the plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest while the dutch oven is done heating.
  6. Carefully remove the heated dutch oven from the oven. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough and carefully lower the parchment sheet inside the dutch oven. Cover with lid and place back in the oven. Allow the bread to bake for 45 minutes covered. After 45 minutes, remove the lid and allow the bread to brown for an additional 8-12 minutes. Mine took exactly 10. Let the bread cool before slicing.[br][br][br] STORAGE: Store the bread wrapped in plastic wrap then kept in an air tight container at room temperature. Bread will last for 3 days, after 3 days diced it up and make croutons!
Notes
Heat the water in a microwave safe measuring cup on 15 second increments. You don’t want the water to be super hot but more just barely warm to the touch.[br][br]I have only tested this recipe with all purpose flour and am not sure if it will work with any other kinds of flour. For best results, please follow the recipe as written. [br][br]Recipe barely adapted from: [url href=”http://amzn.to/1QxdxbW” target=”_blank”]The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day[/url].[br][b]–[br]© Copyright. All images & content are the sole property of Little Spice Jar. Please obtain permission prior to using my images. If you would like to republish a recipe, please link back to this post and re-write the instructions in your own words.[br][/b]

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No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar

*Please note: the nutritional facts calculated are an estimate based on the ingredients i’ve used. If you’d like a more accurate count, please calculate them using the ingredients/brands you’ve used to prepare the recipe. The nutritional facts for this dutch oven bread are based on 8 servings from a loaf.*

No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread - this recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients! And even the most amateur bread maker can make this! #dutchovenbread #artisanbread #nokneadbread | Littlespicejar.com @littlespicejar

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