While the whole world has seemingly perfected the art of the sourdough loaf, I have to admit that I have yet to accomplish even a successful starter. After my first attempt molded at day 7, I decided to give myself a break and seek out a simpler starting place for my own bread-making. And, without a stand mixer to beat a traditional loaf into submission, I leaned in to the overnight, no-knead world.

This recipe is a simple one, to be sure, but I have yet to see it fail. A delicious, warm loaf of homemade bread is hard to beat - especially if you have some fresh butter and honey to slather on top.

So here we go!

You will need:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour (I use King Arthur All Purpose)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups water (under 110 degrees)

And the oh-so-easy to-dos

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. Cover with towel and leave at room temperature for 10-12 hours
  3. After it has risen overnight, pour onto a floured surface and gently form into a loaf and place in a standard loaf pan
  4. Let rise again for about 2 hours at room temperature
  5. Bake in a loaf pan at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Let cool slightly, and enjoy!

As you can see, it couldn't possibly be any easier to have a beautiful, soft loaf of bread... without the labor-intensiveness of so many recipes. I hope this is one that you enjoy - as we sure do!