Easiest No Knead Sourdough Bread (Great for Beginners)

This no knead sourdough bread recipe is perfect for beginners or those who want a fresh loaf without the work! Learning how to make sourdough bread doesn’t have to be this time-consuming, treacherous thing. Whipping up fresh loaves at home is easier than you might think, which is why I’m sharing my very own recipe that we enjoy weekly in our house!

If you don’t have a sourdough starter, check out The Best Sourdough Starter Recipe for Beginners here on the blog. It’ll walk you through each step so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. Without further ado let’s dive into this awesome bread recipe!

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What is Sourdough Bread?

Sourdough bread is a natural, self-rising that doesn’t use commercial yeast. The dough rises due to the good bacteria formed in the sourdough starter. This starter is made of water and flour that ferments creating wild yeast and good bacteria (probiotics). This fermentation gives sourdough bread that tangy flavor and slightly chewy texture. If you’ve never had it, you need to give it a try!

Is Sourdough Good for Gut Health?

Yes! Sourdough bread is the best for gut health because it’s a fermented food. The good-for-you bacteria in the sourdough starter transfer over to the bread giving you probiotics when eating each slice. If you’re sticking to natural gut-healthy foods, sourdough is one to keep on the list!

No Knead Sourdough Bread Ingredients

  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed 12-24 hours before using)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

How Do I Make Sourdough Starter

As you read above, you’ll need a sourdough starter to make fresh sourdough loaves. The best way to do this is by making one right at home with a little flour and water. Head over to our sourdough starter recipe for a step-by-step guide. It has everything you need to know about a sourdough starter. It’ll also answer so many of your questions.

Best Flour for No Knead Sourdough Bread?

The great thing about sourdough is it’s customizable! When it comes to flour, you can use any variety. There is only one rule, NEVER use bleached flour. It’ll mess with your starter. My personal favorite is unbleached all-purpose flour for the classic sourdough loaf. If you’re looking for something more unique, try whole wheat flour or rye.

No Knead Sourdough Bread Instructions

Dough

  1. First, add flour and water to a mixing bowl and let sit for 5 minutes to hydrate. Don’t mix yet.  
  2. Next, add salt and sourdough starter to the bowl and mix until combined to form a shaggy dough (this is the perfect consistency, just make sure there’s no loose flour on the bottom of bowl).  
  3. Using your hands gently combine the dough until it forms a ball of dough (this will be a little sticky, it’s supposed to be that way don’t add extra flour yet).

First Rise

  1. Cover the mixing bowl with a lid or a kitchen towel. Let rise in a non-drafty place for 10-12 hours or overnight (on the counter top or in a turned off microwave). Don’t let this over ferment which would be longer than 12 hours.

Second Rise

  1. After 10-12 hours, uncover your dough and turn it out on a lightly floured surface.
  2. It’s time to shape the dough. For a round loaf make a square, fold it in half to make a rectangle, and using your plastic or metal scraper move the dough in a circle on the counter. This will create a round loaf and form tension. 
  3. Do this circular motion 3-4 times to shape your dough into a circle.
  4. Then place dough into a rattan basket with a linen cover or clean bowl and cover it with a towel. Let the dough rise for 1 hour on the counter 
  5. Then place covered dough in the fridge for an additional hour.

Baking

  1. Next, place your Dutch oven, bread cloche , or baking pan into the oven and preheat it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Once preheated, take the bakeware out of the oven and sprinkle a light dusting of flour inside (if not using parchment paper). 
  3. Then place your bread in the bakeware and use a bread lame to make a slice on top.
  4. Finally, if using a Dutch oven or bread cloche bake for 30 minutes with the bakeware lid on and then an additional 15-20 minutes with the lid off. If you’re using a different type of pan bake the same amount of time but cover it with foil during the covered baking time. Let cool and enjoy!

Supplies I’ll Need For This Recipe

When baking sourdough bread, the number one item you’ll need is a Dutch oven or a bread cloche. Having one of these covered pans is the only way you’ll be able to get a crust on your loaf. Additionally, you need a mixing bowl, a stirring spoon or bread whisk, a proofing basket or large bowl, and a knife or bread lame.

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no knead sourdough bread

Easiest No Knead Sourdough Bread Recipe

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
This no knead sourdough bread recipe is perfect for beginners or those who want a fresh loaf without the work! Sourdough doesn't have to be this time-consuming, treacherous thing. Whipping up fresh loaves at home is easier than you might think.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
First + Second Rise 12 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Sourdough Breadmaking
Cuisine Baked Goods, Sourdough Bread
Servings 1 Bread Loaf

Equipment

  • 1 Dutch Oven or Bread Cloche
  • 1 Spoon or Bread Whisk
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Knife or Bread Lame
  • 1 Large Bowl or Proofing Basket

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter fed 12-24 hours before using
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Instructions
 

Dough

  • First, add flour and water to a mixing bowl and let sit for 5 minutes to hydrate. Don't mix yet.  
  • Next, add salt and sourdough starter to the bowl and mix until combined to form a shaggy dough (this is the perfect consistency, just make sure there's no loose flour on the bottom of bowl).  
  • Using your hands gently combine the dough until it forms a ball of dough (this will be a little sticky, it's supposed to be that way don't add extra flour yet).

First Rise

  • Cover the mixing bowl with a lid or a kitchen towel. Let rise in a non-drafty place for 10-12 hours or overnight (on the counter top or in a turned off microwave). Don't let this over ferment which would be longer than 12 hours.

Second Rise

  • After 10-12 hours, uncover your dough and turn it out on a lightly floured surface.
  • It's time to shape the dough. For a round loaf make a square, fold it in half to make a rectangle, and using your plastic or metal scraper move the dough in a circle on the counter. This will create a round loaf and form tension. 
  • Do this circular motion 3-4 times to shape your dough into a circle.
  • Then place dough into a rattan basket with a linen cover or clean bowl and cover it with a towel. Let the dough rise for 1 hour on the counter 
  • Then place covered dough in the fridge for an additional hour.

Baking

  • Next, place your Dutch oven, bread cloche , or baking pan into the oven and preheat it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Once preheated, take the bakeware out of the oven and sprinkle a light dusting of flour inside (if not using parchment paper). 
  • Then place your bread in the bakeware and use a bread lame to make a slice on top.
  • Finally, if using a Dutch oven or bread cloche bake for 30 minutes with the bakeware lid on and then an additional 15-20 minutes with the lid off. If you're using a different type of pan bake the same amount of time but cover it with foil during the covered baking time. Let cool and enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe and so easy!!!!
    Makes a wonderful loaf of bread!!!
    I made my loaf with Plum Branch Home Sourdough Starter.
    Need a Sourdough Starter, check out
    Plum Branch Home’s recipe.

    I didn’t have the correct pan to bake it in. So I used a Corning Ware square baking dish (check. out PBH Q&A and tips). I made a round loaf, turned out wonderful!!!
    Crunchy crust and soft center!! Baked it for 30 minutes uncovered.

    Thanks Plum Branch for wonderful recipes!!
    I love your Q&A and tips!!!

    1. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this PBH recipe!! That is a perfect way to bake your loaf using what you have! Thanks so much for sharing your technique for baking! So glad the Q&A section of each recipe is helpful!!