Easy 3-Ingredient No Knead Bread Recipe

Friends, we have been making our own bread at home, and it has been super easy! No overnight waiting, no kneading and so yummy. All you need is a 4 quart Dutch Oven pot with an oven-safe handle, and you are ready to go. The recipe only requires THREE ingredients as well.  It is so simple I just have to share with you. Hope you enjoy it!

Easy 3-Ingredient No Knead Bread Recipe

Yield: One Load of Bread

Easy No Knead Bread

Easy No Knead Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 3 Cups of all-purpose flour (whole wheat works as well)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra flour for shaping
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kitchen salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon redwine vinegar (Optional but recommended)
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water, NOT boiling, hot tap water works o.k. (125-130° F)
  • Dutch Oven should ideally be 5-6 quarts in size (5L)


1. Mix flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl using your fingers or a wooden spoon

2. Stir in water and vinegar and then mix together.

3. Cover mixture with plastic wrap and let the container stand at room temperature for 3 hours.

4. At the end of the 3 hours you can see the dough will become a bit puffy and dotted with bubbles. Now you can transfer it to a well-floured surface and sprinkle dough with a little flour.

5. Fold dough over once or twice and then form into a rough ball.

6. Place Dutch oven with the lid on in a cold oven and preheat it to 450° F.

7. While the oven preheats line a bowl with parchment paper and place the dough inside the bowl. Cover with a towel and let it rise again (second rise)

8. Once oven reaches 450° (approximately 30 minutes) lift the parchment paper and dough from the bowl and plop it into the Dutch Oven. Be careful because the pot will be hot!

9. Cover and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

10. Remove the lid and pull the parchment paper out. Put the pot with the bread inside back in the oven and bake, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes to make the crust crispy and darker in color.

11. Let the baked bread cool on a rack/cutting board about an hour before cutting into it... assuming you can resist the temptation not to slice it up and slather it with butter!


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38 responses to “Easy 3-Ingredient No Knead Bread Recipe”

  1. That sounds easy to do. I have to try it!!!

  2. Never made bread at home before, but this would be the recipe i’d use if I want to start to learn.

  3. This sounds very similar to the bread my son bakes. Me, I like baking Danish bread, delicious 🙂

  4. ok I think I can manage making this lol. I have never made bread before but I was actually just thinking about this yesterday because I think it would be totally yummy and definitely better than store bought! thanks for sharing this awesome recipe

  5. Wow, that looks awesome! I love the simplicity of this recipe.

  6. Mmmmm there’s nothing quite like fresh homemade bread! Looking forward to trying this recipe out!

  7. Very interesting. I would love to try this recipe. My whole family absolutely loves homemade bread. This one really is different.

  8. I have made lots and lots of homemade bread since I married my farmer husband. I have never made or heard of a recipe like this one. Hopefully, I will get up the courage to try it. Thank you for this recipe.

  9. Love homemade bread! Its always so delicious!

  10. Sounds easy to make thanks for the recipe

  11. Looks easy to make; I like the no kneading part!

  12. I have gotten into making my own bread which I should not. It is so much better than store bought. Thank You for this recipe. I will be trying it. No knead is so much better. lol

  13. It’s amazing how good no knead bread tastes! Easy enough for even me to try.

  14. What is the purpose of the Red Wine Vinegar? Is it for taste or does it do something to the dough?

  15. Sounds delish and super easy thanks for sharing the recipe , i will be trying it out 🙂

  16. That looks so good!! And it sounds easy so I think the kids and I might try it this afternoon.


  17. NOW these are the kind of recipes I like to try and use. Love things that are simple to make and bake & still taste delicious

  18. Anybody know where I can buy poppy seeds, both the light and the dark sorts. I use them on my danish bread normally but I’ve not found any so far and it’s just not the same without the poppy seeds on top. 🙁

  19. There is nothing more comforting than the smell of homemade fresh bread.

  20. This is awesome. I have everything needed right here. I am going to make this tomorrow.

  21. This bread loos amazing and I love making homemade bread. Sometimes I use my bread maker but love doing it by hand too.Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  22. Thanks i will try your recipe later the Fall,we made bread every week and i love a new recipe !

  23. I read this recipe again and I am planning on trying it out this week. I cannot wait to butter a cooked slice and eat it with a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing.

  24. My kids love banana bread

  25. I love homemade bread! There is nothing better 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. Looks simple and not too difficult!

  26. Looks easy enough, but I counted 5, not 3, ingredients. I’ll be trying it later, after a trip to the store to pick up some red wine vinegar.

  27. I need a good bread for tonights dinner so here I go to make this one. I hope it turns out.

  28. I think this is one I can handle, lol. I’d like to know what the purpose of the vinegar is too?

  29. Homemade bread is one of my many food weaknesses! This looks like a great easy recipe to try with my daughter too 🙂

  30. I have to try this. It looks so light .

  31. Delicious looking bread I will have to make soon for sure.

  32. This looks delicious I have never added redwine vinegar to bread it is probably very tasty Thanks for the recipe

  33. I will have to try this, didn’t know making bread was so easy to make.

  34. I have always heard that the less ingredients in anything is so much healthier and better for you ,so this has to be really good that way. It also looks delicious.Ilove making my own bread and will be trying this. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Great looking bread I should make for my lunch this Friday.

  36. No-knead bread is my favourite. I’ve never tried it with the vinegar though. I’m going to have to try it. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  37. I love homemade bread and this looks like an easy recipe I will have to try it out.

  38. So easy, thank you for this recipe.

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