This may be my favorite recipe ever. I’m so in awe of the fact that you can mix together a few simple ingredients (flour, yeast, salt, water), sit on the couch for four hours, and then bake up the most incredible soft, delicious warm loaf of bread you’ve ever had.
The key to super-fast no-knead bread is to use Instant Yeast (also called “Bread Machine Yeast”). When you mix that with very warm water, the yeast activates and rises in just four hours. Traditional Yeast will also work — just be prepared to wait eight to ten hours before baking instead of four to six.
As you get more comfortable with this recipe, you can get creative with add-ins. We love to add a tablespoon of maple syrup and melted butter or olive oil. I haven’t tried savory add-ins yet, but can imagine some delicious combinations!
Hope you get to try this one! It’s a great one to make with kids — they’ll enjoy the simple measuring, seeing how to the dough rises over time, and then, of course, enjoying a warm slice!