EASY NO KNEAD Overnight Bread Recipe

Our original introduction to No Knead Bread was when Stacey discovered a recipe for it over at Simply So Good. She immediately tried it out and instantly fell in love with the recipe. That was almost two years ago.

Since then, this bread recipe has been served to and tested by many of our friends and family and has quite simply become our "go to" recipe for making bread. It is so easy and it never fails, even if it doesn't fully rise properly because the house is too cold over night (like recently).

Whenever there is a pot-luck, or I want to offer to bring something to contribute to a meal, I offer up this bread. It honestly looks and tastes like I slaved all day to make it and meanwhile, all I did was sleep!

No Knead Overnight Bread

This is Stacey's cheese version.
This bread can literally be made in your sleep, it's so easy!

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Easy to prepare and tastes delicious.

Prep time: Less than 5 minutes (honest! It's THAT easy!) plus 12-18 hours of rising time.
Cook time: Approximately 45 minutes
Yield: 1 load of bread
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add water and stir until combined, it WILL look like a gloppy mess at this point. I like to use a wooden spoon.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (you want a tight seal) and leave on the counter over night (at least 12 hours). If it's really cold outside, I will often drape a towel over top of my bowl in attempt to keep it warmer.
  4. In the morning, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Place bread on a VERY well floured counter. Shape the bread into a ball and cover on all sides with flour (it doesn't matter how much as most of it will dust off in the end). Cover dough with plastic wrap.
  6. Once oven is hot, place an EMPTY covered cast iron pot into the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Use OVEN MITTS to remove the hot pot and place your bread into the pot. There is no need to reshape your dough.
  8. Put the lid on and bake bread for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for approximately 15 more minutes. This is to give your bread that nice crusty feel on the outside.
  10. Once bread is finished, place on a cooling rack. Once it has cooled off for approximately 10 minutes, you can cover it with a tea towel to keep it warm until serving time OR simply allow it to cool to room temperature.

Bake bread for 30 minutes in a covered pot.
After 30 minutes, remove the lid.

  • This bread will last a few days inside a sealed bag or container, however it is so delicious that you shouldn't count on there being any left over.
  • While cast iron is the preferred vessel for this bread (like a good quality Le Creuset or Kitchen Aid pot), we have also tried it out in a Corning Ware dish with a glass lid and it works. When you use a different type of material, the bread simply doesn't cook the same and may require a slightly different amount of cooking time.

Family Thoughts:

This bread is a true hit! We have made it with cheese and with a cinnamon/sugar combination and both are delicious. The family loves it and people are very impressed every time I put it on the table for a meal. We have a new name for this - "Mommy's Bread".


  1. looking forward to try this looks wonderful

  2. This recipe was delicious for muh whole family but it made my vulva quite dry.

  3. No kneading, this is right up my alley and looks so good, going to try it! thanks for sharing!

  4. I love that you don't have to knead the dough!

  5. I'm definitely keeping this recipe and trying it out!! It does sound super simple and looks delicious!

  6. yummy looks so delish , i will be trying this out for sure , no kneading is a great thing :) rafflecopter name Treen Goodwin

  7. That looks so good. I have tried making bread a few times. I think it is time again.

  8. This looks great! Love that it is no-knead (which is the step I don't enjoy). WIll have to try this out! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. This looks great! Love that it is no-knead (which is the step I don't enjoy). WIll have to try this out! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I made this and it was so good!!

  11. I have always wanted to try this!!


  12. This sounds fun,easy and a delicious way to start the day off.I have never tried a bread that I didn't have to knead so it's going to be a good experience!


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