Homemade bread can be difficult to master, but it doesn’t have to be. This is my favorite easy no-knead recipe for making bread at home. No bread maker required; just the way my grandmother made it.
- nonstick spray
- 2 and 3/4 cups white bread flour, plus more as needed (spoon & leveled)
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (or quick oats)
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons instant active dry yeast, I suggest Red Star Platinum
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1 and 1/2 cups + 1 Tablespoon cold water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- In a large bowl, toss together the bread flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and yeast. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the honey and oil together. Add the cold water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon. Scrape down the sides as needed with a rubber spatula. If the dough seems stiff, add more cold water (1 Tablespoon at a time) until the dough is soft again. The dough should not be dry because the oats will draw up moisture. It will look sort of slick on top; that is ok.
- Spray the top of the dough with nonstick spray or lightly coat with oil. Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise at cool room temperature (about 70F degrees) for 12 hours. I allowed it to rise overnight.
- Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside. The dough will have risen quite a bit after 12 hours. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in enough more bread flour to yield a hard-to-stir consistency – I used 1/3 – 1/2 cup more bread flour. Coat your spatula with non-stick spray and fold the dough in towards the center all the way around. Place the dough into prepared loaf pan. Brush the top of the bread with oil or nonstick spray and smooth out the surface. Using a sharp knife coated in oil or nonstick spray, slash a 1/2 inch cut into the center of the top of the loaf. Cover the pan with non-stick spray coated plastic wrap and allow to rise for another 1-3 hours in a slightly warm environment. I allowed for this second rise to happen in the oven. Simply heat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Turn the oven off and stick the loaf inside, leaving the oven door slightly ajar.
- For the topping: The dough is ready after it has risen about 1/4 inch above the pan’s edges. Remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle the top of the loaf with cinnamon and sugar.
- Move the oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Preheat to 375°F (191°C).
- Bake the bread on the lower rack for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Continue to bake the bread for another 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan, placed on a wire rack, for about 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Serve cool or toasted. Bread stays fresh at room temperature, covered, for 3 days. Bread freezes well for up to 2 months.
- Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.
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