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No Knead Bread – Easy!

No need to knead bread recipe

I’ve been looking for a bread recipe for Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy for a while. I wanted to take all the faff out of it and create a delicious but EASY loaf to throw together. This ‘no knead bread recipe’ is the answer.

With tweaks here and there from my friend Jane – I we think we’ve finally got it! 

Gosh I love fresh bread – do you? The problem I have is I just love it warm slathered with butter – oh my! 

This loaf has a wonderful thick crust – mmmmm

I don’t make it that often as I’d eat it all, I can’t resist homemade bread .

However I do love to make it when I have people here to dig in 

It also makes amazing toast – just saying 


Simple & Easy Bread 

This bread recipe doesn’t need a bread maker or any experience at all in bread making 

In fact no skill is required at all – EXCEPT a little planning 

You basically make it in two goes , mix everything up and leave overnight then stick it in the oven the next day – that’s it 

I think one of the best times to make it is is early Friday evening or Saturday evening – then it’s ready for weekend brunch 

It looks like it’s come straight form the Farmers Market – but it didn’t you made it! 



No Knead Bread 

So what am I talking about? Kneading? 

Well this loaf needs no kneading at all you simply shape it and bake it in a casserole style dish 


Step by Step to your homemade no need bread loaf 

Step 1

Dry and wets and leave overnight somewhere warm 


Step 2 

Tip it out and shape into a ball – you’ll need loads of flour

Step 3 

Prove again for 30 minutes then using the baking paper lift it into your pot 


Just look at that bread loaf 

Baked, cooled and sliced – now where is that butter?! 

No knead bread - baked and sliced through


Top Tips for your no knead bread 

  1. Use a shower cap for coving your dish for the proof – it’s perfect and so much better than cling film 
  2. Why not jazz it up sometimes with herbs, seeds on the top etc and look proper posh 
  3. It also makes the best gift!! Dropping a loaf of homemade bread on someones doorstep will give you brownie points forever 
  4. Microwave your cold water for 30 seconds – it works perfectly 
  5. For you AGA people – the pot should be placed on the grid shelf on the lowest set of runners 

Have a go and let us know how you get on 

Cx & Jx

Another tasty breakfast 

Why not try my healthy breakfast cups 

Bacon, Egg & Mushroom breakfast cups


  • 400g Plain or Strong Plain Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Instant / Fast action dried yeast
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 300ml Tepid Water

Preparation Method

  1. Put all your dry ingredients in a bowl and stir
  2. Next add your tepid water and stir using a wooden spoon or your hands
  3. Cover the bowl with Clingfilm or a shower cap
  4. Leave somewhere warm for 12-18 hours (overnight)
  5. After prooving your dough will be covering in pin prick air holes
  6. Flour the work surface and tip your dough out – it will be stringy and wet and use more flour
  7. Cover your hands in flour and shape into a ball – it will be very soft and a dough scraper might help
  8. Pop the dough ball on some baking paper, cover loosely with cling film and leave for 30 minutes – it won’t get much bigger
  9. Whilst it’s proving preheat your oven 230C/450F – when the oven is hot pop your casserole / le Cruset dish in the oven to heat up
  10. Once the dough is proved and the pot is hot remove the pot from the oven
  11. Lift your dough on the baking paper and pop it into your hot pot – make sure your paper is not sticking out but under your lid
  12. Pop the lid on your pot and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes
  13. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake for a further 10- 15 minutes until golden
  14. Leave to cool on a wire rack


Elaine Blackaby says:
Made this the other day, it was do easy as per clares instructions, I was so impressed with how it turned out, we had it fresh first day then toast on the 2nd day just perfect size. I am going to add some seeds next time a great base to experiment with.
    Clare x says:
    Oh great to hear Elaine x
Jo Nesbitt says:
Amazing! made this tonight, so easy & better than using buttermilk, really impressed! have made loads of your recipes, all well received by my hubby. Thank u Clare, keep em coming! 😆
    Clare x says:
    Oh thanks Jo - that's so lovely to hear x