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3 Ingredient Bread

No knead bread is life changing! This easy overnight bread is a 3 ingredient bread that you’ll find yourself making again and again.

3 ingredient bread

I thought about posting something fall-ish or pumpkin-y (these are both words, I swear) but I am just not ready for it yet. Maybe I’ll be eating my words next week but for now I’m still going to believe it’s summer. Although, Oscar going back to school definitely makes me feel like fall is here!

He started Grade 1 on Tuesday! I can still hardly believe it. That morning, Etienne sent me a photo from that very day 5 years ago, of Oscar pushing a little train through the mall. He had just turned 1 and was also just starting to walk. HOW was that 5 years ago!? “They” say the days are long but the years are short, and I have to say that’s held up very true in my parenting experience! 

Anyway, since I’m not doing the pumpkin thing yet, I thought I’d do something else warm and cozy. 

Bread!

Who doesn’t love bread!?

3 ingredient bread

What is 3 ingredient bread?

If you look at the ingredient list of a bag of bread, you’ll likely see a very long list. There are many good things added to this bread, and some not; however, when it comes down to it, you only need 3 INGREDIENTS to make bread!

This recipe is very similar to a sourdough bread, but without the sourdough starter. For this bread recipe, you need:

  • bread flour (sub all-purpose flour)
  • active dry yeast
  • sea salt

You do need warm water for this recipe too, so if we’re being technical I suppose this is a 4 ingredient recipe.

How do you make no knead bread?

This is the easiest bread recipe! In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and yeast together. Add the warm water into the bowl and stir to combine until a loose, shaggy dough forms.

Pack the dough into a bit of a ball, then cover the bowl with saran wrap and leave on your counter for overnight, in a warmish place, away from any cool drafts. I usually start my dough in the evening, with the intention of letting it right until the next afternoon, to bake. You can leave it for 12-18 on the counter.

When the bread dough has risen to about double in size, it’s ready to bake. 

3 ingredient bread

About 2 hours before you’re ready to bake, use floured hands to shape the dough into a nice smooth ball. I usually empty the dough on to a floured counter and use my hands to shape it. Place the dough ball on to a piece of parchment, on top of a clean dish towel. Cover the ball gently with the towel, letting it sit like that until you’re ready to bake.

30 minutes before you’re ready to bake the bread, place a Dutch oven or a baking stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 450 F. You want to vessel to be hot before the bread dough actually goes into it! 

After 30 minutes has passed, use oven mitts to remove the Dutch oven from the oven and carefully place the dough ball, in the parchment, into the vessel. You can slash a small cut through the top of the bread here, to allow steam to release.

Place the lid on the Dutch oven then place it back into the oven, to bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid, and turn the oven down to 375. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool for about 20 minutes before slicing and enjoying! Truthfully, I can’t always wait 20 minutes. I usually burn my fingers a little with my eagerness to slice into that fresh bread!! 

Warm, fresh bread with butter – my kryptonite. 

Can you use whole wheat flour for this recipe?

You could, but I would think the bread will turn out fairly dense with whole wheat flour. I think you’d have a lot of luck with a half and half combo. If you try it with 100% whole wheat and love the results, let me know in the comments below! You will likely need a little extra water if you’re using whole wheat.

3 ingredient bread

 

How long does this bread last?

The bread is best enjoyed the day of baking, but it’s great for a day or two after. Since there are no preservatives or any other gobblygook in this bread, the bread does dry out faster. A great use for bread that’s gone dry and stale is an easy overnight French toast casserole!

What do you serve with 3 ingredient bread?

Literally, anything. You could even just have this bread all on its own for dinner, maybe with some meat and cheeses!

Here’s a few ideas from the blog that would be great with this bread:

Enjoy!

3 ingredient bread

3 ingredient bread

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3 Ingredient Bread


  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 15 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Description

No knead bread is life changing! This easy overnight bread is a 3 ingredient bread that you’ll find yourself making again and again.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups bread flour*
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water

Instructions

  1. The night before you want to bake the bread, stir together the flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the warm water into the bowl and stir to combine until a loose, shaggy dough forms. Pack the dough into a bit of a ball, then cover the bowl tightly with saran wrap and leave on your counter for overnight (12-18 total hours of rise time), in a warmish place, away from any cool drafts.
  2. When the bread dough has risen to about double in size, it’s ready to bake. About 2 hours before you’re ready to bake, empty the dough onto a floured surface and use your hands to shape the dough into a smooth ball. Place the dough ball on to a piece of parchment, on top of a clean dish towel. Cover the ball gently with the towel, letting it sit like that until you’re ready to bake.
  3. 30 minutes before you’re ready to bake the bread, place a Dutch oven or a baking stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 450 F. After 30 minutes has passed, use oven mitts to remove the Dutch oven from the oven and carefully place the dough ball, in the parchment, into the vessel. You can slash a small cut through the top of the bread here, to allow steam to release.
  4. Place the lid on the Dutch oven then place it back into the oven, to bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid, and turn the oven down to 375. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool for about 20 minutes before slicing and enjoying!

Bread will keep, in an airtight container, for 2-3 days on the counter.


Notes

*Bread flour yields the best results but you can substitute with all-purpose

  • Category: bread
  • Method: oven bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: no knead bread // 3 ingredient bread // 3 ingredient no knead bread // 3 ingredient Dutch oven bread

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34 Comments

  1. What a gorgeous loaf, Katherine! And so easy!! My mouth is watering thinking of a toasted slice with butter!

  2. Your no-knead loaf looks incredible, Katherine!! I feel like a chump kneading bread hahaha! And your photos are stunning! 🙂

  3. Yes!! I need this! But definitely don’t trust me alone with that entire loaf hahaha

  4. That bread is crusty chewy deliciousness!! Seriously such a beautiful loaf, I am drooling!

  5. Great way to be back to comfort food for new season. Thank you Katherine !

  6. Somehow I’m ready for fall…maybe I just want 2020 to end already? 🙂 This bread looks phenomenal and too easy not to make. My family would devour this!

  7. Homemade bread is one of my favourite things to make – not to mention eat!! Love this easy recipe!

  8. I was just watching a Paul Hollywood show on youtube, where he visits a bakery where they do not knead the bread and I came across your site. I am gonna try your recipe. Loved the addition of sea salt.

  9. Beautiful bread! That’s when portion control goes out the window. If a restaurant serves really good, warm bread, especially with a fun salted butter, I go crazy. Hello calories! But I love it.

  10. YUM!!! I made a couple loaves of this over the winter and remembered how easy and delicious it was. Now you have me craving another loaf!

  11. There’s nothing more intoxicating than the smell of freshly baked bread!! I adore no-knead bread and now you’ve got me craving some!

  12. Your no knead bread turned out so beautifully! Baking from scratch doesn’t seem so scary when you only need 3 easy ingredients!

  13. Ben | Havocinthekitchen

    First of all, this is still summer, Katherine. We still have 2 weeks or so. Still I won’t judge you if you want to start your pumpkin season (Cause I started. That would be hypocritical to do so, right?) Secondly, I do love bread. With butter, of course. Lastly, this 3 ingredient bread look wonderful; it really looks like that delicious rustic style snd quite expensive bread you can get in a bakery. Really well done!

  14. It sounds and looks so amazing! Love how it only requires 3 ingredients

  15. My hubby could eat bread for every meal of the day, so I haven’t started making it as I think it will be a full time job! But this 3-ingredient bread is something I can handle for sure. Looks perfect for sandwiches or dunking into soup!

  16. You are correct! It is life-changing! Thanks for the reminder! 3 ingredients? I’m in!!

  17. Hey Katherine….this bread sound was an amazing & looks too good as well…i will trying to make it from your tips…Thanks for sharing….!

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