No Knead Bread aka pajama bread

File Feb 08, 2 48 05 PM

I always seem to be in my pajamas when I make this bread. I mix the dough up at night, and bake the bread first thing in the morning. It’s that simple. If you’ve never made bread, this is a great one to start with. If you’re a seasoned baker, but haven’t tried this popular method, I encourage you to give it a whirl. Crusty outside, chewy inside; it’s a real artisan style loaf. Store it in a paper bag to keep the crunchy crust. That is, if you have any leftover. The recipe is really simple, the method is the trick. I encourage you to watch the YouTube video for tips.

update: A few months ago, I (finally) purchased this Danish dough whisk. Holy cow. It is The Best Thing for mixing dough. Mixes thoroughly, cleans quickly and easily. Great for no knead bread and also quick breads like muffins and pancakes. It truly is a favorite of mine. If it weren’t, I wouldn’t be giving you that link.

No Knead Bread aka pajama bread
Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
Mix together 4 basic ingredients and you have the beginning of a delectable artisan loaf. You don't even need a mixer; just use a bowl and a wooden spoon. After the dough sits for 12-18 hours, you bake it in a very hot, preheated covered dish for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat and bake uncovered for another 10-15 minutes. Easiest bread you will ever make. Your friends will think you're a genius.
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon yeast
  • 1 and ½ cups tap water
  • 2 quart casserole dish with lid
  1. Mix flour, salt and yeast together in a bowl.
  2. Pour in the water and mix thoroughly. You do not need to use warm water; just use it straight from the tap.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 12-18 hours. I usually mix this up in the evening, and bake it first thing in the morning. It is a wonderful thing to fill your home with the smell of fresh baked break in the morning!
  4. When you are ready to bake, put your casserole dish WITH the lid on it, in a cold oven.
  5. Turn the oven to 475F and let the dish heat up for at least 30 minutes. It needs to be very hot.
  6. Just before baking, sprinkle the top of the dough with a little bit of flour and scrape it down with a rubber spatula.
  7. Remove your hot casserole, take the lid off, and DUMP the dough in the dish. You do not need to grease the dish.
  8. Cover and return to hot oven for 30 minutes.
  9. After baking for 30 minutes, reduce heat to 425F and bake uncovered 10-15 minutes until top has browned.
  10. Plonk that baby out onto a cooling rack for about 10 minutes, then slice it up and serve with butter. So good.


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