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No Need to Knead Bread

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

A [virtually] mess-free, effort-free loaf.

This loaf involves no kneading, no flouring a surface - virtually no mess! It's springy and tasty - not unlike sourdough - but it is NOT sourdough!

Many thanks to Anna Newell for adding this to my world.



500g strong flour - Oddly enough, this loaf is good with virtually any flour. I like the strong flour for the final texture

2 tsp active dried yeast

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar1

tbsp oil

350ml warm water


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  • 2 tsp yeast in 150ml warm water (roughly 150ml - whatever you use, deduct from the overall 350ml)

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • Whisk up the mix to a froth, cover and leave for 10 minutes. Meanwhile...

  • Put the 500g flour, 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp oil in a bowl and mix them around

  • Add the frothy yeast mix and mix it together - I like to use the handle of a wooden spoon; it's easy to use and mixes well

  • Add the remaining 200ml water and mix to a gloopy dough - you don't need to add all the water, feel free to add most of it and then add more water - or more flour as you think it needs

  • Cover and leave for 18-24 hours

  • The next day you'll have a gloopy, bubbly mess

  • Heat the oven to 220ºC

  • Pour the gloop into a loaf tin, or a pot, or whatever container you think best suits your purposes, as long as it has a cover. Whether it's a tin or a pot, I line it with baking paper to stop any stickage (no - that's not a word). It is very gloopy

  • Put the lid on, and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes

  • Uncover and pop it back in for 15 minutes

  • Turn it out and rest on a wire rack till cool

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