No-Knead French Bread Recipe

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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf (10 servings)
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If you've never tried a no-knead bread recipe before, this is a great one to start with. It does have to rise overnight, but the crusty French-style bread is so good, it's worth the wait! You'll be surprised how simple this bread recipe really is.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water (tepid)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal (or more or less, as needed)

How to Make It

Add the water, yeast, salt, and flour into a mixing bowl. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir well to form a wet, very sticky dough. Do not try to knead with your hands, as it is too sticky to handle. Once mixed, cover the bowl with a towel, and leave out at room temperature for 12 to 16 hours.
Flour a work surface well; using a spatula scrape the bubbly dough on to the flour. Flour your hands and pat down into a square shape. Fold each corner to the center, and flip the dough over so the folds are facing down. Shape into a round loaf. Generously sprinkle cornmeal on a baking sheet about twice the size of the loaf. The dough may stick unless you put a good amount on the pan. Transfer loaf to the pan, folds facing down. Sprinkle the top with flour.Place a clean, dry, floured towel over the loaf, and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours in a warm spot. Place a pie pan half-filled with water at the bottom of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Remove the towel, and make a 1/2-inch deep incision across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake on the middle rack for 50 - 55 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack before slicing.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 87
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 146 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)