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The Best (easiest) No Knead Bread. Crusty on the outside, light and airy inside, with just a little rosemary swirled throughout. It’s the easiest bread, yet still impressive. It’s best served warm right out of the oven with softened butter and a sprinkling of sea salt. Serve alongside your favorite soups, chili, pasta dishes, with roasted chicken, or even on its own. This is certainly sure to become a weekly staple!

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Every time I make a pot of soup or chili or even a creamy curry, I also make bread. Many times I’ll go for everyone’s favorite, honey butter beer bread. And if I’m making Indian, I always, always make naan.

But on snowy Sundays in January, I make my no-knead bread. I’ve been making this for years, sometimes with rosemary, it’s delish with or without.

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We LOVE it. But my no-knead bread isn’t like others. I have a little secret.

Instead of water, I use beer, which I think enhances the flavor of the bread. You don’t know it’s there, but it gives the bread more of a sourdough flavor, just without all the work.

Kind of like a “cheaters” sourdough bread in a way.

If you have my Super Simple cookbook, I use this recipe for my pizza dough too. Either way, it’s baked up, it’s delicious. But We really LOVE it as bread (plus I have a new and improved pizza dough that I’ve been making all the time now).

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Here are details

Step 1: mix the dough

Mix flour with instant yeast, fresh rosemary (if you like), and salt. Now, pour over a room-temperature can/bottle of beer. If you don’t drink, use 1 1/2 cups warm water.

Mix just until the dough comes together. Do not do any kneading!

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Step 2: let that dough hang out

Now, cover the dough and let it hang out on the counter in a nice warm spot for at least 12 hours. I usually let the dough sit overnight or even over two nights for more flavor.

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Step 3: bake

Preheat the oven to 450°. Place a cast iron Dutch oven into the oven to preheat. Get it nice and HOT.

Shape the dough into a ball or an oval. Let it rise on a piece of parchment paper while the oven is heating. When ready, you can lift the parchment and the dough up and into the hot Dutch oven.

And then you bake it. Nothing fancy at all. Not even a stand mixer. We love this bread. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

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Step 4: enjoy it

Of course, we love this bread most when it’s fresh from the oven. Topped with really good butter and a small amount of sea salt – so yum!

Or serve it up with dinner. Soups, chilis, and slow-roasted meats are our favorites. Or use it for avocado toast. For sandwiches, the options certainly are endless.

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Looking for other breads to make? Here are a few to try:

Sesame Gouda Stuffed Naan

Salted Honey Butter Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls

Jalapeño Cheddar Popovers with Honey Butter

Soft Garlic Herb Cheddar Cheese Bread

Easy Pull Apart Garlic Parmesan Bread

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels

Lastly, if you make this The Best (easiest) No Knead Bread, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

The Best (easiest) No Knead Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 12 hours
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories Per Serving: 1450 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. In a bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, rosemary (if using), and salt. Add the beer and mix with a spatula until combined. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours, but ideally overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 450° F. Place a large Dutch oven in the oven to preheat for 30 minutes.
    3. Generously dust a work surface with flour. Scrape the dough out of the bowl. It should be loose and sticky. Form the dough into a ball and place on a piece of parchment. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size. 
    3. When ready, carefully lift the dough and the parchment and place in the Dutch oven. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue baking until the bread is a deep, golden brown, about 15-20 minutes more. Remove from the oven. Enjoy with softened butter and sea salt. YUM! 
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    1. Hi Amy,
      Of course! You’ll want to follow the packet instructions for proofing first and then you can follow the recipe as written:) I hope you love this bread! xT

  1. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I made this with pancake batter results too – then checked the size of the beer can! It was 500mL, which is 16.9 fl oz – not 12.

    If you have a bunch of those larger cans on hand, like us, here is the rest of the recipe scaled up:
    4 1/4 cups flour
    2 3/4 (2.8) tsp yeast / salt
    As much rosemary as you want, fresh or dried (we used dried and it was so yum)

    Haven’t made a second batch yet to test out the baking time, but am guessing it’ll be a little longer.

    (The fix for batch 1: sprinkling plenty more flour into the dough and folding it in until it stopped being sticky, letting it rest for 30-60m in a greased 8×8 pan, then covering it with olive oil and coarse salt, poking foccaciaish holes and baking it 25m @ 425F yielded amazing results!)

    1. Hi Megan,
      Wow, thanks so much for making this bread and sharing your detailed notes! So glad to hear it turned out well for you with some adjustments! Have a great day! xT