The Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe You Will Ever Need

One of my good friends & coworker is a baker. She’s also a nurse and historian and all around awesome person. On Mondays, when everyone in our office gives a weekend update, she always shares a story about some delicious treat she baked up for her family. And she talks about it in such nonchalant kind of way: “Oh, I made some baked oatmeal and fresh bread and some cookies for the kids to take back to school, did some laundry, went cross country skiing.” You know, everyday mom stuff.  If I bake something I’m like “ATTENTION- I MADE YEAST ROLLS. PLEASE APPLAUD NOW.” [My actual words from this past Thanksgiving.]

So, when my friend gave me this bread recipe, I was dubious. As much as I love homemade bread, I don’t love it enough to go through all the trouble of making more than once or twice a year.

But the directions looked really simple. It called for minimal kneading, NO rising, no punching the dough down and waiting for it to rise again, or any of the other fussiness I usually associate with homemade bread. In fact you mix it up and then leave in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Mind. Blown.

The result – honest to goodness homemade bread. See for yourself:

 

Easy Homemade Bread
Easy Homemade Bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Easiest Bread Recipe You Will Ever Need
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
No kneading, no rising, mix it up and forget it for a day. Bake it when you get home from work. Seriously.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 11/2 cups warm water
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Cover tightly (I like a Pyrex bowl with a plastic cover)
  3. Refrigerate for 8 - 24 hours
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  5. Place a dutch oven or other covered casserole dish in the oven to preheat for 30 minutes
  6. Remove bread dough from bowl and on a lightly floured surface knead in enough flour to make the dough elastic (not sticky).
  7. Form dough into a round loaf
  8. Place dough in the preheated dutch oven and bake covered for 20 - 30 minutes
  9. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 -20 minutes
Notes
Every oven is a little different so the first time you make this bread, keep an eye on it. I have a propane oven that runs hot. You may need more or less baking time, depending on your oven.

 

 

The easiest homemade bread.
The easiest homemade bread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have already made three loaves of this bread – in one week! Tonight I’m experimenting with adding honey to the dough for a different flavor. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

 

Do you like to make homemade bread? 

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