No knead artisan bread comes together in minutes with hardly any effort. All it needs is time to become something wonderful.
What you’re feasting your eyes on right this very moment may, in fact, be the most beautiful loaf of bread I’ve ever baked. Want to know something else? It’s by far and most definitely the easiest loaf of bread you’ll ever bake. They don’t call it “no knead” for nothin’. Which translates into “no work.” Just sit back, relax and let the yeast do its thing.
I’m not kidding. You’ll just get yourself a big bowl. Toss in some flour, yeast, salt and water. Grab a wooden spoon and stir it until a shaggy dough forms. Cover it up with plastic wrap and that’s it. Now you’ll let it take a nice long rest, about 12 hours. Put this dough together before you go to bed, then bake it the next day and you’ll have fresh bread to go with dinner in the evening.
When you uncover it in the morning, you’ll see that it has more than doubled in size and has little air bubbles dotting the surface. Now it’s ready for baking. You didn’t have to use any of those muscles you’ve built up from kneading other loaves of bread. Nope, just a little stir is all it takes. The only thing required to make this gorgeous loaf of bread is patience.
This no knead bread has the most beautiful crust I’ve ever made. The ease of this recipe is my favorite part, but after that I love that this bread is a blank canvas. It’s pure perfection just as is. A golden crust, a pat of butter, nothing more is needed. But if you’re anything like me, a loaf of bread like this just begs for experimentation.
For this particular loaf of bread, I added fragrant fresh rosemary, bright lemon zest and a scattering of nutty gruyere cheese. Those three flavors pair so nicely in this tender bread.
Have a sweet tooth? How about adding dried cranberries, almonds and orange zest or raisins with walnuts and cinnamon? Maybe you’d just like to add cheese to yours. Or maybe a mixture of herbs. Like I was saying, this crusty no knead bread is a blank canvas, so get creative!