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Easy no-knead artisan bread

Bake your own bread with little effort
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins


  • 500 g strong white flour plus extra for dusting
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 300 ml water


  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast together in a large plastic bowl
  • Stir in the water to make your dough.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film (or top tip shower cap) and leave to rise at room temperature for about an hour.
  • After this time, remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a floured surface.
  • Pull the dough together with a light knead to make the dough bread shaped.
  • Place back in the bowl and leave to prove for another hour (or two if you can).
  • Half an hour before the dough is ready to bake, preheat the oven to 220C with whatever you are planning to use to bake your bread.  This is when you put in your Dutch oven.
  • Place the risen dough onto parchment paper and carefully drop it into the Dutch Oven or sprinkle cornmeal/polenta at the bottom of the dish.
  • Score the top with a knife to make the bread look pretty, and to let the dough expand.
  • Cover the pot and bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  • After about 20 minutes, take the lid off the Dutch oven and continue to bake until the loaf is brown and crispy.
  • Place on a wire rack and let it cool before munching, you'll enjoy it more!
Keyword bread, easy, no knead