{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

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This No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread is the easiest bread I have ever baked.  Only four ingredients, and it turns out perfect every single time. 


{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread, is there?  I was so happy how this crusty bread turned out, I was literally patting myself on the back! When my hubby came home from work that night, I held the dutch oven in my hot pad mittened hands and said “Welcome Home Honey, I baked you a fresh loaf of bread.” and batted my eyelashes.  To this he smiled and said  “You’re such a DORK!”

Somehow, we manage to make it work.  😉

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I was making Chicken Linguine Carbonara and wanted to have some bread.  I decided that it was time I made some of my own.  I scrolled through my Pinterest Bread Recipes Board for inspiration, and there it was.  The recipe claimed that it was so easy to make.  Now mind you,  I make all kinds of quick breads, but I am not much for baking with yeast.  For some reason it intimidates the heck out of me. If that is how you are, you need to start here and TRY THIS!



What Do I Need for this No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread?

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Water



{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

This bread calls for 4 ingredients.  FOUR.  How hard could it be? Plus, I had just gotten a new cast iron dutch oven, and I was anxious to try it out.

Mix up all purpose flour, yeast, salt and water.  Place it in a covered bowl to rise on your counter for 12-18 hours.



{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Dough will be sticky.  Form it into a ball.



No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread prep

Place in preheated Dutch oven with lid. Cover and bake.



{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

Isn’t it PERTY??



{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

Slightly cool and serve warm with butter.


Looking for some other great recipes to try your hand at baking with yeast?

This dutch oven bread really is as easy it it seems, I promise.  What little was left was gobbled up as toast the next morning. It makes sensational toast!

Just remember,  you have to plan ahead.  If you decide to have this bread for dinner tonight, it aint happenin.’  You need to give yourself like 18 hours to have this one.  Trust me, though, it’s 100% worth the wait!  Perfect for soup season and dunking, too!



{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread


Who’s ready to get to that recipe??  As always, let me know what you think of it, if you try it?





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{No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

This Crusty Dutch Oven Bread requires no kneading and only 4 ingredients!
Prep Time3 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Additional Time1 day 3 hours
Total Time1 day 6 hours 50 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: {No Knead} Crusty Dutch Oven Bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • cups water at room temperature


  • In a big bowl mix together flour, salt and yeast. Add water to the bowl and using a rubber spatula mix it until it is all incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and sit on your counter for 12 to 18 hours.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven and your cast iron dutch oven to 450 F degrees. (your dutch oven needs to have a lid, preheat along with the oven)
  • Flour your work surface and your hands really well. With your floured hands gently remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a ball.
  • Remove pot from oven when preheated, and remove the lid.
  • Take the ball of dough and drop it into the pot. Cover the pot with the lid and place it back in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Slice and enjoy!


recipe from Jo Cooks


Serving: 1g | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g




No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

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  1. Regarding the Dutch Oven No Knead Bread recipe. You did not indicate if you greased the Dutch oven before preheating it. ??

    1. I have never made it that way. I am one of those “If it aint broke don’t fix it” people! LOL I would say that if you get the appropriate rise from it using your instant yeast, go for it!

  2. I have an Emile Henry ceramic Dutch oven that I’ve used for other bread. Would it work with this recipe? I don’t have a cast iron Dutch oven.

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