No-knead 3 ingredient bread

This no-knead 3 ingredient bread recipe is the perfect one to bake the most delicious bead at home -crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside. It is so easy to make I’m sure you will want to make it every single day. You just need flour, yeast, salt, and a good cast iron dutch pan.

There is no kneading involved; it comes together in 10 minutes or less, you just need one bowl, and you can even bake it in a non-dutch oven pan.

three ingredient no knead bread in a dutch oven

Why 3 ingredient bread?

I do believe that the number of ingredients in our food matters. The more ingredients our food has, the more processed it is. The fewer ingredients it has, the less processed and better for us.

That is why I was shocked when I read the endless list of ingredients of a store-bought commercial loaf of bread.

Bread should only have three ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, and water, to mix everything up. I hope you can make this recipe for no-knead homemade bread and use it for sandwiches, croutons, etc.

risen yeast dough in a bowl

Ingredients for the homemade artisan bread

  • All-purpose flour (affiliate link). For this no-knead 3 ingredient bread, I used organic unbleached unenriched all-purpose wheat flour.
  • Yeast. Use active dry yeast or instant dry yeast. It can be bought in little pouches or jars; you can also make the day of the dead bread, cinnamon rolls, and other types of bread.
  • Salt
Why use unbleached and unenriched flour?

When the flour is bleached, it means that it went through a chemical process to make the flour super white. 

Enriched flour means that after wheat flour is made super white and stripped from its natural vitamins and minerals, they add vitamins and minerals again through a chemical process.
homemade bread before baking

How to make the 3-ingredient bread

  • Mix all the ingredients. First, mix all the ingredients by using a dough whisk, your hands, or a wooden spoon in a large bowl until a loose and sticky dough forms.
  • Let it rise. Cover and let it rise over the counter for 3 hours or in the fridge if you let it rest overnight. It should double in size. You are looking for a sticky, air-filled dough after 3 hours or for 8 to 12 hours. 
  • Shape the dough. Dust your hands with flour, and turn the dough over a lightly floured parchment paper and form a nice ball. For this step, there are two methods: place the dough on a baking sheet with parchment paper and flour, or you can take the dough out from the first bowl and put it in a clean, greased bowl. Either way works; cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for half an hour.
  • Bake. As soon as you shape the dough, place your dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450ºF for 30 minutes. After that, with glove mittens and being extra careful, remove the dutch oven from the oven and place the bread dough in it. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, remove the lid, and bake for 15 minutes more.
  • Enjoy. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes before slicing. The crust may be cooled down but the inside my be extremely hot.

Why do I love Dutch ovens?

The beauty of using cast iron pots or dutch ovens is that they become like a mini oven inside the oven. Cast iron pots and pans are some of the best pots and pans there can be. I love how they distribute the heat and even how everything cooked in them tastes better.

If you don’t have one, I highly recommend buying one. As you may have already noticed, it is one of my favorite cookware pieces. I use it to make soups, especially Mexican lentil soup or my vegetable Mexican broth soup.

tips & Tricks for the best 3 ingredient bread

  • Depending on the humidity and the altitude of the city you live in, you will have to adjust the time in the oven. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the best results the first time; keep trying until you get the perfect homemade bread.
  • No knead bread without a dutch oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven you can use 2 x 8-inch cake pan, a round cake pan, or any other bowl or pan that can support very in oven-high temperatures.
  • You can also form two rectangles and bake them as if they were baguettes.
  • The longer you leave the dough to proof, the better flavor it will have. You can leave it for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
3 ingredient no knead bread in a dutch oven before baking

FREQUENTLY asked questions

Can I make it gluten-free?

Yes, just be sure to use good 1:1 flour; I like to use cup4cup flour for bread baking. A quick heads up, the texture may slightly change.

Can I use whole wheat flour?

Yes, but your bread won’t be as light and airy as all-purpose flour. It may be a bit denser.

Can I add some flavor?

Absolutely! Feel free to add olives, herbs, grated cheese, chiles, whatever you are craving.

freshley baked crusty bread in a dutch oven.

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No-knead 3 ingredient bread

This is the perfect recipe for no-knead bread. This recipe is so easy to prepare that it only takes three ingredients and basically two steps.
4.75 de 4 votos
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 45 mins
Course Baked goods
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1394 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups of flour
  • teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon yeast
  • cups warm water

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients. First, mix all the ingredients by using a dough whisk, your hands, or a wooden spoon in a large bowl until a loose and sticky dough forms.
  • Let it rise. Cover and let it rise over the counter for 3 hours or in the fridge if you let it rest overnight. It should double in size. You are looking for a sticky, air-filled dough after 3 hours or for 8 to 12 hours. 
  • Shape the dough. Dust your hands with flour, and turn the dough over a lightly floured parchment paper and form a nice ball. For this step, there are two methods: place the dough on a baking sheet with parchment paper and flour, or you can take the dough out from the first bowl and put it in a clean, greased bowl. Either way works; cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for half an hour.
  • Bake. As soon as you shape the dough, place your dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450ºF for 30 minutes. After that, with glove mittens and being extra careful, remove the dutch oven from the oven and place the bread dough in it. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, remove the lid, and bake for 15 minutes more
  • Enjoy. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piezasCalories: 1394kcalCarbohydrates: 290gProtein: 42gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3518mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 13gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 18mg
Keyword homemade bread, no-knead bread

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Dr Pizza
Dr Pizza
16 days ago

5 stars
I’m about to make this bread while I drink a glass o.f wine. Wish me luck…

Joan
Joan
4 days ago

Do you grease the Dutch oven?

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