Baking fresh homemade bread may seem daunting, but with these no knead bread recipes, you’ll be a professional in no time! They are easy and SO delicious.
Easy no knead bread
Golden brown Bread is perfectly crave-able and the ultimate comfort food!
Whether you are slathering a warm slice with butter and jam, sopping up your favorite soups or sauces, or eating a sweet slice with a glass of milk, I have a perfect collection of bread just for you!
Typically, breads require a lot of time and effort—proofing, kneading, rising, shaping, baking, etc… It can be a daunting process. However, these bread recipes require NO kneading at all!
What makes no knead bread different? When making bread with yeast the recipe instructions will often tell you to knead it. Kneading warms up the strands of dough which allows the yeast to work its magic more efficiently resulting in a more elastic and better structured dough. You can knead bread by hand or use a hook attachment on a stand mixer. Not all breads need to be kneaded. Here are a few notes about no knead bread:
- Quick breads are no knead, they are often wetter, like a batter, and rely on baking powder and baking soda to leaven (rise) it.
- Some yeast breads are no knead. They do require a longer rise/proof time to compensate.
- The dough is typically sticker when mixing and you might be tempted to add more flour, but don’t. Once it has had time to proof it isn’t as wet and is easier to roll and shape. Also, keep in mind that you’ll be shaping the dough on a floured work surface and a little more flour will be incorporated that way.
- They often showcase a crisper crust with a soft chewy inside. Artisan bread is a perfect example of this.
What makes the bread more dense?
Getting the correct texture is key to a great bread. You want to pay attention to how much flour you add. Too much and the bread will be too dense. It’s always best to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and level it off.
- Be patient and let it proof. If you don’t let it rise enough then the bread will be too dense. Dough should usually rise until doubled in size before shaping it. The temperature of the room will affect how quickly this happens. A warm room allows the dough to rise more quickly. A cold room causes the dough to rise slowly.
- Use the right type of flour. Whole wheat flour will give a heavier, more dense texture. When a recipe just lists “flour” use all purpose flour. It is the most common and can be used to make any type of bread. You can also try bread flour for yeast based bread. It has a higher protein content which means it has more gluten which is what makes dough more elastic.
How to get soft bread:
- Flour with a high protein content will yield a softer bread.
- Allow the bread to cool on a rack. If you want a soft crust you can cover it with a kitchen towel while cooling to retain moisture, otherwise and do not cover it.
- Yeast bread loves steam to create a soft chewy texture. Simply add a baking tray with water to the bottom rack while baking the bread.
Avoid opening the oven door during the first 30 minutes of baking. The first 30 minutes is when the bread rises to the correct shape before it finishes baking in the center.
Storing Baked Bread: Once the bread has cooled it can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. I like to use bread bags, but you can also use Ziplock bags, plastic wrap or a bread box. Wrap with plastic wrap and then again with foil or place the wrapped loaf into a Freezer bag. Label and freeze, Allow time to thaw before cutting and serving.
No Knead Yeast Breads
No Knead Bread – This no-knead bread has only four ingredients, and could not be simpler to make! It’s the perfect bread recipe for beginning bread makers, and so delicious that even experienced bread makers will love it.
Beignets – Classic beignets are pillowy, sugary New Orleans-style fried Dough. Enjoy these soft donuts sprinkled with powder sugar or dipped in a sauce!
Homemade Dinner Rolls – These are our ALL-TIME FAVORITE Dinner Rolls! They are soft, butter-y and always the hit for any dinner or holiday get together. It’s so hard to eat just one!
French Bread – The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe – so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!
Focaccia Bread – Crisp yet fluffy bread topped with delicious herbs and seasonings. This flavorful focaccia bread is so easy to make, and is perfect for sandwiches, dipping in soups, or enjoying on its own!
No-Knead Quick Breads
No Knead Quick Breads do not call for yeast or a proof time. You just mix up the ingredients and bake right away. They are typically sweeter than yeast bread and often have a produce base.
Rise: Even though they do not call for yeast, they will still rise a bit when baked. This is due to using baking powder or baking soda as leavening agent. Be sure both are fresh to get the best rise.
Additions: Quick breads are very forgiving when tasty additions are added to the recipe. We love using different types of chocolate chips, nuts, berries, coconut and more.
Amish Friendship Bread – Soft & fluffy Amish friendship bread is covered in an irresistible cinnamon sugar mixture. Make this without a starter using buttermilk!
Zucchini Bread – Soft and moist zucchini bread has a hint of cinnamon and is oh so flavorful. It is quick, easy and SO delicious!
Cinnamon Quick Bread – If you love snickerdoodles, this bread is for you! The wonderful flavors of cinnamon and sugar swirled into a moist, delicious no-yeast batter and baked to perfection. Amazing for breakfast and goes great with your morning coffee or tea!
Best Banana Bread – The BEST homemade Banana bread recipe that is moist, simple, and so easy. Everyone loves this no-yeast recipe that is easy and perfect to make with over-ripe bananas.
BEST Pumpkin Bread – This moist Pumpkin Bread has become a favorite fall treat in our family! A delicious pumpkin loaf, topped with irresistible cinnamon sugar, and packed with amazing flavor. Best of all, this easy pumpkin bread recipe doesn’t require any yeast!!
Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Bread – Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Bread is soft and delicious. The almond & lemon flavored glaze takes it to another level of goodness!
Sour Cream Cornbread – This Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite bowl of chili. It’s creamy, tender and oh so delicious.
White Chocolate Lemon Bread – Soft and flavorful glazed White Chocolate Lemon Bread is bright with just the right amount of lemon. It is SO tasty!
Homemade Cornbread Recipe – Soft and buttery corn bread with a hint of sweetness that melts in your mouth! This go-to recipe is perfect with any chili or soup recipe and is on repeat all fall long!
Indian Fry Bread – Delicious Homemade Fry Bread – aka “Navajo Tacos” or “Indian Bread” – one of the best recipes you’ll ever try! Pillows of dough fried until it’s a little crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Make it sweet or savory!
The Complete List
Here are the picture cards of ALL the yummy No Knead Recipes listed above.
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