This Easy No Knead French Bread is a super light and fluffy loaf. Really delicious and simple to make, this is easily one of my favorite bread recipes.
I really love baking my own bread. From the comforting smell of it baking to the delicious taste. The flavour of Homemade bread just cannot be beaten.
If you are working with yeast or making bread for the first time, then this is a great recipe for you to try. It is an easy, straight forward bread recipe, one that will make truly proud of your baked bread.
Although this recipe has yeast as an ingredient, there is no kneading required. The ingredients are simply mixed together to form a soft dough. It is so easy, it actually just takes 5 minutes to mix the ingredients together.
ADD HERBS AND SPICE TO YOUR BREAD
Use this recipe as a canvas to add other flavors to your bread. For this recipe, I simply brushed plain butter over the baked bread making it a basic loaf. On other occasions,
I added either Italian herbs, cheese, crushed chillies or garlic butter to the bread.
These add a lot of wonderful different flavor and texture to the bread and it will be great for you to give these a try as well when you bake this bread.
Making the no knead French Bread
This recipe makes two large loaves of French bread. You can either freeze one of the loaves for later if you choose or half the recipe to make just one loaf.
I always use fast-acting instant dry yeast in my bread recipes. The yeast is added directly to the flour and does not need to be dissolved in water first. It is really convenient and easy to work with.
To make the bread, start by combining the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the warm water and melted butter together and pour into the flour mixture. Using your hands, just mix until well combined. You can add up to an extra cup of flour if while you are mixing you feel that the dough is too sticky.
Coat the bowl with a little oil and leave the dough in the oiled bowl for 45 minutes to 1 hour until double in size. Keep the bowl in a warm, draft-free area of your kitchen.
After an hour, knock down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half.
Roll out each portion of dough and shape or press out the dough into about a 9 inch / 23cm long rectangular shape.
Starting with the long edge of the dough roll tightly into a loaf shape. Seal the edges by pinching and pressing it together. Place the rolled up loaves, seam side down onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Brush the unbaked loaves with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
Using a very sharp knife, make diagonal slits across the tops of each loaf. Leave the shaped loaves to rise again for about 20 minutes Preheat your oven to 356°F / 180°C and bake the bread for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on top.
Remove loaves from the oven and brush the baked loaves with a tablespoon of melted butter.
Then cover with a kitchen towel. This will trap the steam and keep the bread soft. Allow the bread to cool slightly before slicing.
I know that it is tempting but avoid slicing the bread as soon as you remove it from the oven because it will be doughy. Allowing it to cool for at least 5 to 10 minutes ensures that you get neat slices of bread.
You can freeze the other loaf if you prefer and allow about 2 hours to defrost before either warming in the microwave or toasting the slices on a pan or toaster.
So skip the bakery bought bread today and give this easy no knead French bread a try. I know that you are really going to love this one too.