Breads and Pizza

Quick No-Knead Peasant Bread

Pane a presto! When you are craving some warm, homemade bread but don’t have a lot of time, this little loaf is the answer. No kneading, one rise, surprisingly flavorful and crunchy crusted – a perfect quick and easy bread treat!

Quick No-Knead Peasant Bread

Makes 1 Small Loaf
Author Rosalie D’Amico


  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1⁄8 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm (110-115°) water
  • Softened butter, for greasing bowl


  • Butter a 1-quart round Pyrex or other ovenproof bowl.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
  • Add the water. Mix until water is absorbed and you have a sticky dough ball. A spatula works well for this initially. But it helps to get hands in the bowl and mix until all the flour is incorporated – do not add additional flour. The dough is very soft and sticky and will not be smooth.
  • Place in prepared bowl. Rub top with olive oil as you shape the dough somewhat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400° convection.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat by 25° and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or so, until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped (internal temp of 190 to 200°).


Adapted from Alexandra Stafford’s “Bread Toast Crumbs”.