Easy No Knead White Loaf Artisan Bread

Until recently I was a real chicken about making homemade bread.

Why you ask?

Well, to be honest, the results were ok at best, never quite living up to the bakery bought variety, and left me feeling like I was just wasting time and money.

Sounds familiar to some of you I am quite sure.

But some great friends encouraged me to give the artisan bread methods a try, raving about the great loaves they were baking up weekly, some even daily!

I was curious…

But still, I hesitated…

Why oh why did I wait?

When I finally tried out some of their suggested recipes, I was amazed at the final product…beautiful, great tasting loaves that my family actually wanted to eat!

I made some small changes to the original recipe, because what I really needed was a good, basic, no fuss white sandwich loaf.
Also, I have been baking mine in a cast iron oval pot, rather than a regular pot and I like the results.

This bread is easy to make and pretty fast as far as rising times go. Start it in the morning and you can have it ready by lunch time.

There are many recipes like this one, to be found on Pinterest and the internet in general.The methods vary a bit but the idea is the same, to make fresh bread without the need for long kneading of the dough.

Dive in and give them a try, the 5 minute artisan breads seem to actually work very well!


Step 1- whisk together warm water, yeast and sugar, let sit 5 minutes

Step 2- stir in oil and salt, add flour and stir with spatula or spoon until dough forms

Step 3- cover with saran wrap and let rise 1 hour

Step 4- transfer to prepared pot, cover and let rise 45 minutes

Step 5- bake, covered in preheated oven, for 30 minutes, uncover and bake 15-20 minutes more until golden

Step 6- cool on wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing, then enjoy


*makes 1 loaf


1 1/3 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3 2/3 cups all purpose flour


Pour water into a large mixing bowl, add yeast and sugar, and whisk together until sugar and yeast have dissolved. Let sit 5 minutes until a bit frothy.

Add oil and salt to yeast mixture and stir. Then add flour mixture and stir together with a spoon or rubber spatula, until dough forms, incorporating all the flour in the bowl.

Cover bowl with saran wrap and place in a warm place for 1 hour.

In the meantime prepare the cast iron pot by dusting bottom with a tbsp of flour, then covering with a piece of parchment cut to fit bottom of pan. Set aside.

When the hour has passed, transfer dough to a plate dusted with another tbsp of flour, gather dough up with your hands and fold it under several times until the top becomes smooth.

Transfer dough to prepared pot, cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

In the meantime preheat oven to 400F.

Bake bread covered for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 15-20 minutes more.

Remove from oven and let cool for 15 on wire rack, then remove bread from pot and cool completely before slicing.

*credits to the original recipe found at:



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  1. 5

    Bread is still very scary for me! One of my friends bakes her own bread all the time and it’s always so delicious. Reading this recipe I think I might actually give this one a try! #TwinklyTuesday

  2. 7

    I too am a chicken when it comes to homemade bread. Your recipe sounds like one I could handle and it looks delicious. Homemade bread really is the best. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  3. 10
    Jann Olson

    This looks so delicious! A friend of mine gave me a sour dough starter. I have been making artisan bread with it. It is yummy as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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