No knead easy Dutch oven bread straight out of the oven. Sliced butter and a bread knife placed in the top of the picture

No Knead Easy Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

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No knead easy Dutch oven bread recipe is the best way to make a delicious, perfectly crusted loaf of bread in the oven – with no kneading and only a few minutes of prep time! You only need four ingredients to make this Dutch oven bread recipe – flour, salt, yeast, and water. That’s it!

No knead easy Dutch oven bread straight out of the oven.  Sliced butter and a bread knife placed in the top of the picture

I don’t know about you, but I have tried SO many different bread recipes! There are so many of them that I just can’t seem to get right, or I don’t like how they turn out. After dozens of tries, I have found the perfect, simple bread recipe. This no knead Dutch oven bread recipe is super simple to make, and only requires a few minutes of prep work. It cooks perfectly in the oven and comes out with a flaky, delicious crust and a soft interior. This bread is versatile and can be served with just about anything! 

To make this bread, you need flour, yeast, salt, and water. You probably already have all 4 of those ingredients in your kitchen! When you are ready to make your no knead Dutch oven bread, start by whisking together your flour, salt, and yeast, then add in hot water. Use a wooden spoon (I promise, you won’t want to use anything else – a wooden spoon works magic on this bread), stir until the flour is mixed in. The dough is going to look sloppy, but that is fine! Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm spot for a couple of hours to rise. Once the dough is ready, go ahead and preheat your oven. You will want to put the Dutch oven in while it is preheating so it will warm up. While that is heating, put your dough onto a flour covered counter and use a dough scraper to turn it into a ball. Use parchment paper to flip it over and cut a couple of slits into the top – I usually cut an ‘X’. Now your dough is ready to bake! Put it into the dutch oven with the lid on and let it bake for 30 minutes. You’ll want to take the lid off after that and let it bake for an extra 10 minutes – this is what makes the crust nice and crisp! After that, all you have to do is let your easy Dutch oven bread cool and it will be ready for you to enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

  • You only need four ingredients to make this no knead bread recipe, and you probably already have them!
  • No kneading is required, making this bread recipe super simple.
  • Baking bread in a dutch oven ensures that you get a perfectly crusted outside and a perfectly soft inside.
  • This easy dutch oven bread is versatile and can be served with just about anything!
dutch oven bread in a dutch oven with parchment paper

Ingredients For No Knead Dutch Oven Bread

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water

How to Make Easy Dutch Oven Bread

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, and yeast until combined. Add hot water.

Step 2: Using the back of a wooden spoon, stir ingredients until the flour is incorporated. Dough will be sloppy and not kneadable.

Step 3: Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm spot for 2-3 hours until it has doubled in size. If after one hour it doesn’t seem to be rising, move to a warmer spot.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and place your Dutch oven into the oven. Allow the oven to heat for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Sprinkle your work surface with a couple Tbsp. of flour and scrape dough out of the bowl.

Step 6: Using a dough scraper, large knife, or spatula, fold in the sides to form a roundish ball.

Step 7: Place a piece of parchment paper next to the dough and flip the dough ball over onto the parchment paper. Slide it into the middle. *Don’t worry too much about the shape* Using a knife slice an X shape into the top of the dough.

Step 8: Remove the hot Dutch oven. Place parchment paper and dough into the hot Dutch oven and place the lid on.

Step 9: Bake for 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.

Step 10: Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy with butter and jam if desired.

no knead Dutch oven bread on a cutting board.  Half of the bread is cut into slices with butter for serving.

What to Serve/Pair with This Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

The best part of this no knead bread is how versatile it is. It can be served with just about anything! You can enjoy it by itself with butter or jam or serve it with a meal like this easy parmesan chicken or this slow cooker Ritz chicken. I like serving this Dutch oven bread with any meal that has a sauce with it. You can dip this bread into the sauce, and it really soaks it up, making it extra delicious.

Popular Substitutions & Additions

While there’s nothing that I would change about this dutch oven bread recipe (like I said, I’ve tried a lot of different bread recipes, and this one is just right), you can change up what you top this bread with. I brushed an olive oil and herb mixture on the crust once it was out of the oven, and that was delicious! I’ve also served this bread as a bread bowl with soup, and it was a unanimous hit with my whole family!

Storage & Leftovers

Like any fresh bread, this no-knead bread baked in a dutch oven won’t last long, so I recommend enjoying it as soon as you cook it. You can wrap any leftovers in saran wrap and put them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two days. You can also freeze leftover no knead bread. Let it thaw in the fridge before you eat it.

No Knead Dutch Oven Bread FAQs

What is a dough scraper?

A dough scraper is like a spatula without a handle, and it is especially made for thick doughs, like this bread dough. There are a ton of options for dough scrapers on Amazon, or you can also find them at WalMart and Target.

Can I use self-rising flour in this Dutch oven bread recipe?

No, for this bread recipe, you will want to stick to all-purpose flour.

How will I know that the dough has risen enough?

There is no set amount of rising that your dough should do, but you should be able to tell a clear difference. If you don’t think that it is rising enough, try putting it in a warmer spot.

close up photo of a slice of bread with melted butter on it.

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No knead easy Dutch oven bread straight out of the oven. Sliced butter and a bread knife placed in the top of the picture

No Knead Easy Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

April King
No knead easy Dutch oven bread recipe is the best way to make a delicious, perfectly crusted loaf of bread in the oven – with no kneading and only a few minutes of prep time! You only need four ingredients to make this Dutch oven bread recipe – flour, salt, yeast, and water. That’s it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, and yeast until combined. Add hot water.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon, stir ingredients until the flour is incorporated. Dough will be sloppy and not kneadable.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm spot for 2-3 hours until it has doubled in size. If after one hour it doesn't seem to be rising, move to a warmer spot.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place your Dutch oven into the oven into the oven. Allow the oven to heat for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle your work surface with a couple Tbsp. of flour and scrape dough out of the bowl.
  • Using a dough scraper, large knife, or spatula, fold in the sides to form a roundish ball.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper next to the dough and flip the dough ball over onto the parchment paper. Slide it into the middle. *Don't worry too much about the shape* Using a knife slice an X shape into the top of the dough.
  • Remove hot Dutch oven. Place parchment paper and dough into the hot Dutch oven and place the lid on.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, remove lid and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy with butter and jam if desired.
Keyword No Knead Dutch Oven Bread
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