This recipe uses the batter method and it's so easy!
❤️ Why you'll love it
- Easiest bread to make; beginner-friendly recipe.
- No kneading is necessary—and a mixer is optional!
- All the comfort of homemade bread with a fraction of the effort.
Bread dough tends to get a tough reputation, but this easy batter bread recipe is about to change that!
With just a handful of simple ingredients, a bit of wooden spoon mixing, one loaf pan, and a touch of rise time, you'll have yourself a delicious, warm homemade loaf of bread.
The only hard part is trying not to eat the entire loaf in one sitting!
This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the green recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the green recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Combine the ingredients and let rise in a warm place.
- Stir the batter to deflate it and scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Scoop the batter into a greased 5-inch bread pan.
- Let the dough rise again before baking.
Unlike sandwich bread from the grocery store, homemade batter bread doesn't have any chemical preservatives. So, it doesn't last very long.
However, if your household is anything like mine, devouring the whole loaf before it gets stale is never an issue.
For best results, store leftovers tightly covered at room temperature for two days.
You can also freeze bread wrapped in a double layer of plastic for up to three months.
Then, use it as you would any other regular bread.
You can thaw it and eat it as is, pop it in the toaster, make it into a sandwich, or even use it for french toast. The special thing about this great recipe is that it's so versatile!
Click on the image to watch me make this recipe from start to finish with extra tips! (Video opens in a new tab).
There are quite a few ways to change up this no-knead bread recipe. Here are some things you can do differently!
- First, let's talk flour. You can use all-purpose flour, bread flour, part all-purpose/part whole wheat flour, or even ground oatmeal. I have a really detailed post all about the different types of flours if you're curious.
- Gluten is good! It helps dough rise and creates texture. So, for a fluffier kind of bread that stays fresh longer, substitute two tablespoons of whatever flour you're using for 2 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten.
- Sugar swaps: sugar feeds yeast, which helps the no-knead bread rise. Though white sugar works just fine, you could swap it with another natural sweetener, like brown sugar, honey, agave, or syrup.
- Speaking of yeast, you can use either active dry yeast or rapid rise.
- Instead of melted butter, in a pinch, light-flavored vegetable oil, coconut oil, or margarine will work. Olive oil is fine but you can sometimes taste its flavor.
- What about the water? If you have some, swap the water for milk to make the no-knead bread more tender. Starchy potato water works great, too, if you've boiled potatoes recently. (Want to know why? Check out this article about helping your bread rise!)
- Prefer to prep in advance? Cover the bowl of batter with greased plastic wrap and let the bread rise in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Then, spoon it into the pan and continue with the recipe.
💭 Things to know
Expert Tip: In yeast-risen bread recipes like this one, it's important to make sure your yeast is fresh. If it's too old, the dough won't rise and your loaf will be flat—no matter how long you let it sit.
- Not sure how old your jar of yeast is? Test it to make sure it's still good. Combine a tablespoon with a cup of 110-degree F water and a few teaspoons of white sugar. Let it sit for ten minutes in a warm spot. If the yeast mixture gets foamy and bubbly, your yeast is still good!
- Adding a little bit of extra yeast is a great way to help your bread batter rise more quickly.
- The liquid temperature is very important! If you don't have an instant read thermometer, aim for bath water-like temperature. You don't want it too hot, but you do want relatively warm water (or milk.)
- If you use the microwave to melt your butter, be sure to let it cool down first. Butter from the microwave can be steaming hot, and too hot of temperatures can harm your yeast!
- Don't use sugar substitutes (like Equal). If you have to omit the sugar altogether, you can, but add an additional 30 minutes to one hour of rising time.
- Vital wheat gluten makes a stiff batter, so I'd recommend only going that route if you can use a mixer. Otherwise, your arm is going to be tired!
- Don't add too much flour! For no-knead bread, you want the dough to be very "goopy." It's not like regular kneaded dough that you can plop onto your work surface and play around with. Add extra flour sparingly.
- When mixing the bread batter in an electric mixer, don't use medium speed—and never use high speed! Generally setting 1 or 2 (low speed) is best, and won't burn out your mixer's motor.
- Set your dough mixture in a warm, draft-free place to rise—especially if you don't have a lot of time to wait. The dough will rise more quickly in a warm (but not hot) area.
👩🍳 No knead bread FAQs
While true recipes for bread have you make a tedious dough, our no-knead bread skips the tricky parts. However, in order to turn out properly, the flour mixture is less dough-like. It's not exactly as thin as the consistency of pancake batter, but you get the idea.
Nope. Sourdough breads and regular yeast breads are similar in many ways, but they start off differently. Regular yeast bread simply uses dry yeast, like in our no-knead batter bread recipe.
A sourdough bread begins with a "sourdough starter"—essentially, fermenting bacteria and wild yeast. This "starter" can take weeks to form before you can actually bake with it.
Keep in mind that no-knead and batter breads will not have the same texture as regular kneaded bread. However, following our easy bread recipe should result in a light, fluffy, enjoyable loaf. If your no-knead bread is dense it's likely that you added too much flour. Remember, the batter needs to be very wet.
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- Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Add water and butter. Stir 500 strokes or mix in a stand mixer about 5 minutes - dough will be wet and sticky.
- Cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled - about 1 hour.
- Stir down and scoop into greased loaf pan.
- Let rise until doubled - 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until done
- You can let the batter rise overnight in the refrigerator if you want. Cover with greased plastic wrap.
- Store tightly covered at room temperature for 2 days.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
- For lighter, more soft and fluffy bread replace 2 tablespoons of flour with the same amount of vital wheat gluten.
- Sugar can be replaced with honey, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, agave, or other natural sweetener.
- You can use 110F milk or potato water for the liquid in this recipe.
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First published March 15, 2020. Last updated October 25, 2022 with better images and more information.