How to Make a Loaf of "No Knead" Sourdough Bread

by Big Guy Big Flavors

The easiest recipe for sourdough taken from Alton Brown! Nothing pleases me more than taking credit for this recipe, but alas, I can't! No kneading is required in this recipe! Yaaay! Ok let's go!


  • 17 ½ Ounces All purpose flour (1 lb + 1 1/2 oz) or 500 grams
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons Kosher salt ( 1 1/2 tsp if using table salt)
  • ¼ Teaspoons Instant yeast
  • 12 Ounces Filtered water (350 ml)
  • 2 Tablespoons Yellow Cornmeal
  • Some bit of veg oil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This bread recipe takes time! Almost 40 hours! But the end result....WORTH EVERY MINUTE! I also love it because it requires absoloutly no kneading!

    Step 2

    Put the flour in a large mixing bowl

    Step 3

    Add the yeast

    Step 4

    Add the salt

    Step 5

    Mix the dry ingredients then add the water

    Step 6

    Mix with a spatula untill it comes together

    Step 7

    That's how it should look like

    Step 8

    Cover with plastic

    Step 9

    Lay a tea towel on top

    Step 10

    Let it rest in a fairly warm place for 36 hours!! I let it sit in my pantry. Yes 36 hours is a lot of time but you really want the yeast to ferment and get "sour"! Alton says 19 hours, I say 36! Lol

    Step 11

    That's what it should like in 36 hours!

    Step 12

    Dust your counter with flour and also dust your hands too, it's a very sticky dough after it ferments!

    Step 13

    Dump it in the counter, punch it down to deflate it

    Step 14

    Dust the top of the dough with flour and then cover with a towel for 15 minutes

    Step 15

    Get ready your corn meal and parchement paper will be helpful too

    Step 16

    Remove the towel and shape your dough into a ball by tucking in the sides under the base. Apply flour in your hands, it's a really sticky dough

    Step 17

    Sprinkle in some cornmeal over your parchement paper

    Step 18

    Position the dough over and sprinkle in more cornmeal as needed

    Step 19

    Cover with the towel and leave to rest for 3 hours

    Step 20

    Preheat your oven after the dough had been resting for 2 1/2 hours. Pre heat it on 450 F (230 C)

    Step 21

    Place the rack on the very bottom, place inside a 5 quart dutch oven with its lid, let them preheat in the oven for 1/2 hour

    Step 22

    Cut the excess paper around the dough after it had a chance to ferment for 3 hours

    Step 23

    Dip a brush in some oil

    Step 24

    Brush along the edge of a VERY VERY sharp knife, or just use a disposable razor blade.

    Step 25

    Score a cross on the dough, don't apply pressure, just a slight movement on top of the dough

    Step 26

    Carefully get out the hot dutch oven

    Step 27

    Carefull and slowly place the dough inside

    Step 28

    Cover with the hot lid and place into the oven for 30 minutes, then take off the lid and let it bake for 15 more minutes!

    Step 29

    Step 30

    Let it rest on a wire rack for about an hour before you slice into the best fresh bread that you ever made!

    Step 31

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