Total Time
24hrs 50mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 50 mins

A friend gave me this recipe and when I didn't find it here I decided I HAD to post it. I believe it was featured in the NY Times at one point. This bread is so easy to bake and tastes great! This was the first loaf of bread I've ever made and it was perfect!


  1. Mix dough: The night before, combine all ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. It will be a shaggy, doughy mess. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-20 hours on counter top.
  2. Shape & preheat: The dough will now be wet, sticky and bubbly. With a wet spatula, dump the dough on a floured surface. Fold ends of dough over a few times with the spatula and nudge it into a ball shape. You can use your hands if you like, just keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terrycloth) with flour. Set dough seam side down on top of towel. Fold towel over the dough. Let it nap for 2 hours. When you’ve got about a half hour left, slip your covered pot into the oven and preheat to 450°F.
  3. Bake: Your dough should have doubled in size. Remove pot from oven. Holding towel, dump wobbly dough into pot. Doesn’t matter which way it lands. Shake to even dough out. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, bake another 15-20 minutes or until the crust is beautifully golden and middle of loaf is 210°F Remove and let cool on wired rack. If not eating right away, you can re-crisp crust in 350°F oven for 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

Amazing, This is the easist tastiest bread I have ever made you would never know it was so easy to make. Everyone has raved about it, It was cursty on the outside and soft and yummy on the inside. I will continue making this for a long time, Thank you to the person who came up with this one it is truely the bes.

582708 April 26, 2009

I just posted this recipe in the bread forum. It is originally from Jim Leahy. This is the easiest and most reliable NO knead bread. Made in a 6 qt cast iron enamel covered pot. Baked exactly 30 min covered, removed cover and put back into oven 15 min. It came out a GOLDEN. Rustic loaf of bread that gives you a great pugnant flavor. Delicious! Bread 2 is getting made now and I am adding in cinnamon and raisins so it can be a great toast in the morning.

Chef1MOM-Connie February 06, 2009