Here is a super easy no-knead French bread recipe. Anyone can easily make this bread without any baking experience.
Honestly, you can actually make this every day. Yes, it’s that easy with simple everyday ingredients and a couple of simple steps, you will be having a freshly baked loaf on your table. Even if you are not an accomplished baker, you will still be able to make this crispy no-knead french bread effortlessly!
Bread making, in general, is therapeutic for me, plus the smell of bread in the entire house while baking it is very satisfying…amazing! Especially when I’m alone in my kitchen. It’s such a satisfying feeling making bread, the kneading the proofing it all involves time patience, I know but I love it.
As much as I like to devote this much time and energy to get a great loaf I still adore the idea of the No-knead bread recipe. It provides the simplest way to get a bread loaf on your Table. As a busy mom, I have a whole lot of things to attend to so my way of escape is to create these super easy, and great tasting loaves. No one will ever know a little effort can yield such an amazing loaf (Well, except you tell them).
This No-knead Baguette needs, no overnight rising, no fuss and it still comes out with a crunchy crust and a chewy interior. This recipe will even make the novice baker a pro! and just in case you have never tried to make any no-knead bread recipe before you may want to check out this super easy no-knead bread rolls.
Bread making is a skill that might seem intimidating. However, you can still get your dough to look perfectly smooth, airy, moist, and elastic without having to do any degree in science or arts.
Watch the step by step video on how to make the no-knead french bread below
No-knead French Bread, No-knead Baguette, French stick, Baguette de pain, or whatever name sounds sweet to you requires only a handful of ingredients which are Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast, sugar, and Oil. With 5 easy steps, your fresh bread is ready
Combine the Water, Yeast, Sugar, and Salt in a large bowl. Don’t worry you don’t have to proof your yeast.
Mix in the flour until everything is well combined. The appearance will be untidy but that is not a problem because we are interested in the end product.
Leave to proof
Shape the dough and wait for the second rise
Bake your bread.
That’s all your no knead Baguette is ready! Serve with a bowl of soup, spread a layer of butter over it, or make it into a sandwich.
The only problem I have when I make this no-knead baguette is the cooling part. Experts say that the bread should be left to cool for 1 hour? How can I wait that long? I’m sorry experts, I will have to do 10 minutes or less. Enjoy!
No-Knead French Bread (No Knead Baguette)
Here is a super easy French bread recipe. Honestly, you can actually make this every day. Yes, it's that easy. With simple everyday ingredients and a couple of simple steps, you will have a freshly baked loaf on your table. Even if you are not an accomplished baker, you will still be able to make this crispy, no-knead french bread effortlessly!
Mix the water, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a large bowl
Add the flour and mix until all the water has been absorbed and a shaggy mass of dough is formed
Rub the surface of the dough with olive oil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or a plastic wrap and leave to rest in a warm place for 2 hours
Punch down the dough and transfer it to a floured work surface. Flatten it out and divide the dough into two
Flatten out the dough into a square (you don't have to be perfect) and roll it tightly as you would a mat, and place it on a parchment-lined baking pan
Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise again for 30 minutes to 1 hour sharp knife
Get a sharp knife and make about 4 slant deep slashes on the bread
Using a spray bottle, spray the surface of the bread with warm water and bake in a 400 deg F preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
Don't be tempted to add more flour. The high moisture content of the dough is what gives the bread its crunchy crust I did not proof my yeast because there I left the dough to rise for 2 hours. However, the rising time may vary depending on humidity, altitude, and temperature.
While I love a traditional baguette recipe, sometimes you can't wait a day to make a poolish and all that...this sounds like a great alternative to have a nice crusty loaf to enjoy with dinner. I'll be trying out your recipe tonight.
Wednesday 18th of November 2020
Sounds great. Will be making this to go with a roast tonight.
Tuesday 22nd of December 2020
I hope it turned out great?
Monday 17th of August 2020
I made this last night and this came out perfectly. This was exactly what I was looking for and my buddy enjoyed eating it as well :)
Wednesday 23rd of December 2020
Thank you for coming back to share your experience, Natalee! ❤
Wednesday 24th of June 2020
Can you please clarify the amount of instant yeast for this recipe is it 1/2Tablespoon or 1/2 teaspoon?
Tuesday 10th of November 2020
Thanks so much for catching that Crystal. It's 1/2 Tbsp, and I’ve updated the recipe to reflect that now. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to reach out - I apologize for the late response.
Sunday 17th of May 2020
Can I use any oil apart from Olive oil?
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