No-Knead Flatbreads - Master Recipe (Pizza, Naan, Focaccia)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 mins

This rich oilive oil dough can be used to make a variety of flatbreads, pizza, calzones, lavash, naan and focaccia. Mix enough dough for several loaves and store in the refrigerator for up to 12 days. The fruitier the olive oil the better the flavor. This recipe come from the Artesian Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook. Use this dough to make: Lavash or No-Knead Pizza Rolls (Pepperoni, Hawaiian or BBQ Chicken) or Onion and Rosemary Focaccia (No-Knead) or Naan (No-Knead) or how about No-Knead Double Pepperoni Pizza. UPDATE 9/09: used this crust to make a BBQ Chicken Pizza on the grill Grilled Pizza (Using Grilling Pizza Pan) and it was fantastic! NOTE: Best made with white flour, however if you must substitute whole wheat, only replace half, or use No-Knead Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mixing and Storing the Dough:.
  2. Note: If measuring flour rather than weighing, don't press down into the flour as you scoop it in with dry-ingredient measuring cups, By gently scooping up flour, then sweeping the top level with a knife or willl get a more accurate measurement.
  3. In large plastic storage container (with lid) mix together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  4. Add all the water and olive oil at once and mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. If mixing becomes too difficult to incorporate all the flour with the spoon, reach into the mixing bowl with very wet hands and press the mixture together. Note: kneading isn't necessary.
  6. When everything is uniformly moist without dry patches your mixing is complete. This should take only a few minutes.
  7. The dough will be wet and loose enough to conform to the shape of its container.
  8. Cover with a lid (not airtight) that fits well on the container. Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature until it begins to collapse, or at least flattens on the top, about 2 hours, depending on the room's temperature and the initial water temperature. Longer rising times, up to about 5 hours, will not harm the result.
  9. You can use a portion of the dough anytime after this period. Fully refrigerated wet dough is less sticky and easier to work with than dough at room temperature. So the first time you try this method, it's best to refrigerate the dough overnight, or at least 3 hours, before shaping a loaf.
  10. The breads flavor improves with the retardation, so suggest you wait at least 24 hours before baking the first loaf! Dough may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 12 days.
  11. Baking Instructions:.
  12. Naan:.Recipe #387678.
  13. Pizza:.Recipe #387780 or Recipe #363140 on the grill Recipe #322248.
  14. Pizza Roll: Recipe #388861.
  15. Focaccia:.Recipe #387527.
  16. Lavash: Recipe #310451.
Most Helpful

I actually made this dough in my kitchen-aid with a dough hook. I kneaded the dough only for as long as it took to "ball-up". Wow. This dough is awesome. I got 3 big 1 pound dough balls, and the dough was a dream to work with. Great taste and texture...although I did not add any seasonings and I want to try it next time with out the sugar. Thanks for a great recipe that I will use again and again...

topchefddb May 15, 2010

Easy, simple, no fuss. And can be kept in the fridge. I have baked a very nice focaccia.

Iwona1961 October 26, 2009

Like that there is no kneading needed, that it can be made and saved for 12 days and also that it can be used as the base for 4 other recipes. Made as written using whole wheat flour just cut in have as there is only two of us. Was impressed with how easy it was. Thanks so much for the post.

Debbwl September 20, 2009