This easy Dutch oven bread is a no-knead recipe, meaning you can simply stir together the ingredients, let the dough rise, then bake it! It’s so simple but the results are delicious.

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I love fresh bread. A few years ago, Alex went through a sourdough baking phase before we had kids and it was wonderful. But these days, we’re busy with a toddler and it’s been too much work to keep a sourdough starter alive. But I found myself craving fresh bread, so I looked for an easier way. Luckily, I found the magic of no-knead Dutch oven bread. There are a lot of recipes out there. (I was inspired by this one from Jo Cooks which was inspired by this one from the New York Times.) I’ve made variations of this style of bread dozens of times so I thought I’d share my own!

If you love this bread, be sure to try my vegan naan, cottage cheese breadsticks, or this Turkish bread.

How to Make No-Knead Bread

Let me start by saying I’m more of a cook than a baker. I don’t love the science that is often required in baking. I’d rather add a little of this and a little of that. But this Dutch oven bread is perfect because it’s not really an exact science and it’s very hard to mess up. The trick is to let it rise for a long time, at least 8 hours or overnight. This eliminates the need for kneading the dough. By cooking it in a dutch oven, we can get a nice crispy crust with a soft interior. In my opinion, that’s the best kind of bread!

What Kind of Yeast Do I Need?

I used active dry yeast. Normally, this type of yeast needs to be dissolved in water, but in this case we can just add it to the flour. Be sure your yeast isn’t too old, or the bread won’t rise. I keep my yeast in the fridge to help it last longer. You can find active dry yeast in the baking aisle, sold in packets or glass jars.

The Best Dutch Oven for Bread Baking

A Dutch oven is a cast iron pot with a lid. It’s oven-safe so it’s perfect for baking. I have a small 4 qt dutch oven and a large 12 qt dutch oven. Both work just fine for baking bread. The important thing is to ensure it’s oven safe and that it has a lid. Be sure to put the dutch oven in the oven while the oven is preheating.

How to Make Dutch Oven Bread