Easy Rustic No-Knead Bread with Rosemary and Garlic

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There’s nothing like a fresh loaf of bread, right out of the oven. Unless it’s a super easy no knead bread! This rustic garlic and rosemary bread requires just a little mixing, followed by a long rise time. 

This bread would be delicious with some of this caramelized onion jam!

no-knead bread loaf in a red casserole dish

Making this Easy No-Knead Bread

While most yeast breads require a certain amount of kneading, this recipe does not. It’s a great starter recipe for people who are hesitant to try their hand at making homemade bread. It’s truly easy. And it’s delicious, as well.

This savory bread recipe incorporates chunks of fresh garlic and rosemary for a rustic, savory bread that’s perfect served with soup. Or simply spread with butter. If you’d prefer to omit the rosemary and garlic, you certainly can; the bread will be just as good.

It takes 5 minutes to stir the ingredients together in a large bowl. Once that’s done, let the dough rest. You’ll want to let it rest for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours. While it rests at room temperature, the dough will rise some and become bubbly. It will not look like traditional yeast bread dough. Despite the sticky dough, it will bake into a lovely artisan bread loaf!

baking a boule loaf in cast iron dutch oven

 

Baking this rosemary bread

To get a nice, crunchy crust, you’ll cook this bread loaf in a pan that’s been pre-heated. A cast iron Dutch oven works, but so does a nice sturdy — deep — casserole dish with a lid. The red dish you see above is a Pampered Chef stoneware casserole dish that I picked up (brand new!) at the thrift store.

Slide the dough into the hot dish. Using parchment paper makes this step easy.

cooked no-knead bread loaf on a wire rack

Can you make this without the parchment paper?

Absolutely! The parchment paper is a trick to make transferring the bread dough to the hot dish much easier, but it’s not absolutely necessary. You can, instead, use your hands to lift the dough gently into the hot pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, covered, then remove the lid and continue baking for another 15 minutes or so, until the bread is a lovely golden brown.

loaf of rosemary bread in a red casserole dish

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Easy Garlic Rosemary No-Knead Bread

Easy Garlic Rosemary No-Knead Bread

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes

Mix up a handful of ingredients and let them sit overnight. You'll be ready to bake up a fresh loaf of delicious rosemary bread the next day!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour, (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Instructions

  1. Combine water, salt, yeast, garlic, and rosemary in a mixing bowl. Stir in flour.
  2. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours. It will become bubbly. bubbly bread dough
  3. Dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour. Turn dough out onto parchment paper and form a ball bay tucking the loose "edges" of the dough under. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. uncooked ball of bread dough
  4. While dough is resting, place a deep, lidded casserole dish or cast iron Dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees Fº.
  5. Use a sharp knife to make an "X" in the top of the loaf.
  6. Transfer bread to the hot baking dish and cover.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes, until the bread is nicely browned.
  8. Remove from oven and cool before slicing. loaf of bread sliced on a cutting board

Notes

Adapted from a recipe by It's Always Autumn

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

25 comments… add one
  • Hilary Wardlow Apr 12, 2020, 9:52 am

    Hi Kris! Can you make this recipe using whole wheat flour?

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 12, 2020, 10:27 am

      You *could. It will be much more dense. I know we’re all working with limited access, but if you have some AP flour, I usually have good luck replacing about 1/2 the AP with whole wheat. Good luck!

    • dot Apr 19, 2020, 4:06 am

      this was complete failure. followed recipe exactly. would not make again. big puddle of wet dough. yeast was brand new pkg.

      • Kris Bordessa Apr 19, 2020, 2:36 pm

        This is so odd. We’ve been making it weekly with no trouble. Sorry you had a failure.

      • Judi Hull Apr 25, 2020, 1:39 pm

        Wonder if the house temperature wasn’t warm enough? I know most of my recipes for ‘rustic’ or sourdough need the house to be at least 70 degrees or it takes a lot longer for the dough to rise. Just a thought.

  • Pat Perez Apr 13, 2020, 4:58 pm

    Made this bread today. Came out great. Baked at a lower degree (420). Was a bit chewy but guess because it’s a rustic bread. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brenda Apr 20, 2020, 12:32 pm

    Hi … I’ve been wanting to make my own bread for some time, my mother ‘always’ did but I have been a bit reluctant. Decided to try this recipe as a starter, much like you suggested. It turned out fabulous, even though my yeast had just about reached expiry. Not sure how a person could go wrong. This is a real winner!!! Can’t wait to impress my guests, when we can once again have guests that is, but in the meantime my husband and I will pack on the calories munching on this lovely fresh and crunchy bread, ourselves! Thank you soooooo much! (Love your book, you are a superwoman and a real inspiration!)

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 7:11 am

      Oh, honey. FAR from Superwoman. But thank you. And yay, bread!!

  • Khalilah Apr 23, 2020, 2:43 pm

    What if you don’t have Dutch oven or casserole loaded dish can you substitute with something else. Just have bread pans.

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 7:07 am

      I need to experiment with this. Do you have something to contrive a lid over the bread pan?

  • Louise Apr 23, 2020, 7:41 pm

    Hi Kris,
    I love reading your great newsletters here in Australia. Can I use a bread tin and foil for cooking the bread in.
    Louise

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 7:05 am

      Thank you! I have not *tried this, but if I didn’t have a suitable pan, I would!

  • Yolanda Apr 25, 2020, 8:20 am

    what sort of modifications (if any) would you use for high altitude? I’m at 7300 ft above sea level.

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 7:07 am

      I’m sorry, I am NO help with this. I’ve always lived/cooked not far above sea level. 🙁

  • RosieB Apr 26, 2020, 7:20 pm

    I tried this and it really didn’t turn out. I followed exactly, and baked after about 23 hrs. I am wondering – what type of yeast do you use? I used active dry, perhaps I need to add sugar? Not sure how that would affect the final product.

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 7:00 am

      We use active dry yeast, so that’s not likely the problem. (Unless the yeast wasn’t *fresh – it loses potency as it ages.) How’s the temperature in your kitchen?

      • RosieB Apr 28, 2020, 7:41 pm

        The yeast was new, so it must be the room temperature, I’ll have to find a better place for it to sit. Thanks!

  • Anna Odintsova Apr 28, 2020, 4:44 am

    can this be made with a sourdough starter? I’ve just made mine first time ever and looking for a good (and easy) recipe.

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 28, 2020, 6:56 am

      It’s on my list to experiment with this! If you search my site for “sourdough” you’ll pull up several recipes to try.

  • Li Liz white Apr 30, 2020, 6:23 am

    We just finished making your bread, it is delicious my husband and I are enjoying the flavours. So easy to make your instructions are perfect and easy to understand. Thank you so much for sharing, will be making again and again. The one thing I did a little different is after baking, I melted a very little butter and brushed the bread while warm.

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 30, 2020, 9:24 am

      Well, how can one go wrong with butter?? 😉 glad you liked it!

  • Jane May 19, 2020, 1:35 pm

    It is great. I had been looking for an easier no-knead, slow fermentation recipe. This is it!
    Thanks.

  • Amy Damron May 23, 2020, 8:00 am

    I made this and had the same problem as some of the others, just a very wet mess. Like there’s not nearly enough flour. I added another cup just to get it together enough to throw in the oven to see how it comes out so I don’t have to just totally trash the ingredients I used. But this is definitely not a room temperature or yeast issue. Fresh yeast, warm house. Could there maybe be a mistake in the amount of flour or water as written in this recipe?

    • Kris Bordessa May 23, 2020, 8:38 am

      Thank you for being so gentle in your comment. People are making it with success, I’ve had friends messaging me that they’re making it regularly and love it, so the instructions here are clearly working for *some people. It IS a wet recipe. The dough does not feel like a traditional bread dough. I hope once it’s baked you find that it turned into a nice loaf.

      • Amy May 23, 2020, 2:34 pm

        It was delicious and had a nice texture once I got it baked. Not sure what, if anything I did wrong. It just didn’t match up with your pictures. But the finished product was still very good

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