Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Easiest Bread Ever...

The main reason why this bread is the EASIEST is because you don't knead the dough at all! This recipe has been called  'Dump Bread'...'No Knead Bread'...'Easiest Ciabatta Bread' and 'One Minute Bread'. So call it what ever you want, but you should really try it! This is a bread I've made at least 20 times since finding it! I always top mine with garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese before baking it! I love to slice into it while it's still warm to take a taste! This bread is perfect for making sandwiches or for soaking up gravy and soups...and for dipping in flavored olive oil!

1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups luke warm water
4 cups flour
parchment lined cookie sheet dusted with cornmeal
olive oil, garlic powder, grated parmesan cheese, herbs - optional toppings


  • In a large bowl mix yeast and lukewarm water with the salt.
  • Add flour and stir til flour absorbs all the water. The batter will be very sticky and lumpy, but that's perfect!
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temp with no drafts. I keep mine in my oven, with the oven light on. Its the perfect place because its warm and draft free.
  • Let rise for 12 hours. It can be left to rise for up to 16 hours.
  • When ready to bake, cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle the paper with a very thin layer of cornmeal. This will keep the bread from sticking.
  • Take the dough out of the oven, if that's where you put it to rise, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Now just dump the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, scraping it out of the bowl with a wooden spoon. Do not punch down the dough. The less you handle the dough the more airy it will be...which is just what you want.
  • Now gently rub some olive oil over the top and sides of the dough. Then sprinkle with desired seasonings...I used garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese.
  • Place on middle rack and bake for 25 minutes or til VERY brown, as in my photo. Then remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve warm. I love to serve this with herbed olive oil for dipping or I serve this with stew to soak up the gravy!

  • And this is a delicious dipping oil that I love to serve with this bread!

    Bread Dipping Oil

     1 tablespoon crushed red pepper 
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 tablespoon dried rosemary
    1 tablespoon dried basil
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
    1 teaspoon salt
    extra virgin olive oil

    Mix all ingredients together.  To use, put 1 tablespoon of this seasoning mixture into a small bowl and pour about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil over it.  Mix and dip warm slices of your favorite bread into it!
    Store the remaining seasoning mixture in the fridge
    because it has fresh garlic in it!
    This recipe can easily be cut in half or in quarters.

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