24 hour bread

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Once upon a time someone told me that if I gave up bread I would lose weight. Why I listened to that dolt, I have no idea. Here is the recipe that brought me back to my senses.

All you need is a little time and patience. The yeast has to rise for 12 to 18 hours.


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbl salt
  • ¼ teaspoon yeast
  • 1 ½ cups cold water


  • Medium bowl
  • Large wood spoon
  • Dish towel or plastic wrap
  • Time (12 to 18 hours worth)
  • Spatula
  • Stone surface (clean) or wood/plastic cutting board.
  • 4 ½ - 5 ½ quart pot or dutch oven
  • Oven mits
  • Patience


  1. Mix flour, salt and yeast in bowl.
  2. Add water.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon until wet and sticky (30 seconds or more).
  4. Cover with clean dish towel or plastic wrap.
  5. Let sit at room temperature for 12-18 hours.
  6. Dust cutting board or stone surface with flour.
  7. Scrape dough onto dusted surface.
  8. Push the dough into a nice round/oval ball.
  9. Return dough ball to bowl.
  10. Moisten with a few small splashes of water.
  11. Cover and let sit 2 hours. (it should double in size in this time)
  12. Place pot into oven and preheat to 450°F. (Do this 1 1.2 hours into second rise).
  13. Remove hot pot from oven and carefully scrape dough into it.
  14. Cover and bake for 30 minutes
  15. Remove lid and bake 15 minutes more or until it looks ready.
  16. You will know it is ready by the deep chestnut color.
  17. Remove from pot and let cool before cutting.

What you should know

I was inspired by Jim Lahey who is the founder of the scrumptious Sullivan Street Bakery and the author of “My Bread.” Thank you for reintroducing me to the joy of carbs.

If you love to bake or if you love this recipe then get his book which is full of easy to make recipes.

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This is a great recipe and one I have made on many occasions. (That’s my picture above from the first time I tried this recipe) I highly recommend it and Jim Lahey’s book My Bread from which it was adapted.

My kids in particular loved this recipe. The anticipation just about killed them. Then they devoured the bread.

Re: Basic no knead bread in a pot recipe

That’s a great picture of the no-knead bread. Thanks for adding it.

Re: Basic no knead bread in a pot recipe

We made this bread today and devoured it with butter before it even cooled. The whole house smelled of warm fresh bread. Great easy recipe. Thank you.

Re: Basic bread in a pot recipe

Great bread. Great book. I highly recommend the pizza recipes in Jim Lahey’s book.

Re: Basic bread in a pot recipe

I love this book! We make two loaves of this bread just about every sunday. There is also an excellent rye bread recipe that is great for sandwiches.

Re: Basic bread in a pot recipe

If you are looking for great sandwich bread try these homemade Kaiser Rolls. They are outstanding. And a lot faster to make.

Re: Basic bread in a pot recipe

Thanks for the suggestion. I just tried this kaiser roll recipe. It was great.

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