Fastest No Knead Bread

2-HOUR Fastest No Knead Bread

2-Hour Fastest No Knead Bread

No knead bread in two hours? Believe it! Be sure to aerate your flour before measuring. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Makes: One loaf

2-Hour Fastest No Knead Bread


  • 3 cups bread flour (all purpose works too)
  • 2 teaspoons instant or RapidRise yeast (1 packet/7 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water (up to 130° F)
  • (about 2 Tablespoons extra flour for shaping)


  1. Combine flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Stir in water until it’s well combined.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. After 40 minutes, place a 3 to 6-quart Dutch oven with lid in a cold oven and preheat to 450° F.
  4. After the dough has rested for the hour, place it on a well-floured surface and sprinkle with a little flour. Using a scraper fold dough over 10-12 times & shape into a rough ball.
  5. Place in a parchment paper-lined bowl and cover with a towel or another bowl. Let stand on counter top for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, carefully, using oven gloves, lift the parchment paper and dough from the bowl and place gently into the hot pot. (parchment paper goes in the pot too) Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove lid and parchment paper. Return, uncovered, to oven and bake 10 more minutes.

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130 Comments on "2-HOUR Fastest No Knead Bread"

  1. Helen

    Hi, can I use a thick ceramic bowl with a glass lid instead of the dutch bowl? Because I don’t have one. If so, at what temperature should I bake it and for how long?

  2. Jill C

    Jenny, you make it look so easy! And it WAS!! I tried both the fast and the faster breads, both were wonderful! I was wondering if you could add raisins and nuts?
    Glad I found your video’s, can’t wait to try and make some of your holiday treats.

  3. Leslie

    I unfortunately cannot have wheat gluten. What other flours could I use with this and what measurements should they be? I have found that potato and quinoa and millet flours are quite tasty. But the measurements are different…

  4. Mary Ellerd

    I have a cast aluminum Dutch Oven, can it be heated to 450 degrees?

  5. Bill

    I tried making my loaf with 100% whole wheat and I even added wheat gluten. The bread didn’t really rise when baked. Wonder what happened? The loaf made with bread flour turned out fine.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      This 2-hour version is not intended for whole wheat flour. I suggest you stick with my proven recipes for multi-grain breads and make sure your yeast is fresh. My FAQs deal with a lot of baking issues. I hope this helps.

      • DHR

        Unfortunately I didn’t read this thread till after I used whole wheat flour in the recipe. What should I expect? Any description of how the whole wheat loaf will come out?

  6. TERRY H-H

    I really enjoyed making this bread. I used 1 cup AP, 1 1/4 cup Bread flour, 1/2 cup rye, and 1/4 cup Spelt (aerated flours) and 1 tsp sea salt, then mixed 1 tsp instant yeast in 120° purified water and 1/2 cup sourdough starter to measure a total of 1 1/2 cup liquid.

    I will wait for breakfast and have my Avocado toast on my fresh baked loaf of sourdough bread, made in 2 hours.

  7. Yani

    Super easy work and fast tank I will send a picture if I can but I don’t know how wander full

  8. Ya I

    Thank for this recipe it work superb easy and tastes good 😋😋

  9. Lark

    I did enjoy the bread but didn’t find it as light and airy as the overnight recipe. I think I will stick with that one

  10. Amanda

    Wow! This was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I’m a decent sweets baker but always always failed at bread. Until today. I can officially check this off my life list!

  11. Mitchell

    Jenny do you or anyone know if you can substitute gluten free flour for the regular flour?

  12. Tina

    I made this one today and it came out so delicious. Quicker than the overnight one and tastier too.

  13. Tina

    Can you add less water and add olive oil along with rosemary ?

  14. Clinton

    This was the first time I’ve ever made bread, and it turned out amazing! I only have a 2qt glass baking dish, so I halved the recipe, and everything stilll turned out great! As a poor starving college kid who can eat bread like it’s nobody’s business, baking my own bread with this recipe is going to save me so much money! I had to stop myself from eating the whole loaf!

    • Nana Pennypockets

      You have to be very careful using glass pans for this at that heat level. 425º is usually the hottest oven for glass pans. You run the risk of the glass exploding.

    • Nana Pennypockets

      Glass pans are not safe to use over 425º in the oven. You run the risk of the glass exploding.

  15. Steinstra Jordan

    In the video you said 1/4 tea spoon of yeast and this recipe ask for 2 tea spoons of yeast. I’m praying my bread still come out fine.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      The video is for a different Faster 4 1/2 hour loaf with 1/4 tsp. yeast. This recipe is for a new Fastest 2-hour loaf and it needs 2 tsp. yeast. If you followed the recipe as written it will turn out.

  16. Jane Goulet

    An you use rapid rise yeast for this recipe?

  17. ERIC

    can you do half whole wheat and half bread flour?

  18. Gary

    Had a crush on you since I first saw one of your videos!

    That’s all Jenny.

  19. Nicole

    Has anyone tried using whey instead of water? I am thinking it might make it more sourdough-ish. I have a lot of whey on the fridge from making and straining yogurt.

  20. Denis

    Made this recipe as directed. Bread seemed a bit doughy. Used bread flour.

  21. Doug


  22. Maggie

    I made this delightful recipe today. I watched the video on YouTube 2 times and told my husband not to talk to me while I was trying to make bread……I do not have a Dutch Oven, so I used my 3 qt. Cuisinart stainless steel saucepan with the glass lid that has a metal handle. I looked up my set online it can withstand 500 degrees so I thought I give it a try.
    I did everything else exactly like you said Jenny, I even checked the water with a thermometer to make sure it wasn’t over 130 degrees.
    Well, after I finished baking it, my husband asked me 3 times, “Can I have some now”? LOL. So finally after cooling a bout 30 minutes he ate some with butter.
    He moaned and said, “Why haven’t you been making this if you knew how?
    He continued and said, “Weve been married 28 years and you’ve been holding out on me that you could make bread like THIS!
    Well, this recipe is certainly a keeper and so is my Husband!! 🙂 Thanks Jenny!! 🙂

    • Tess

      This is such a sweet post. Congrats on your enduring marriage and your successful bread!

  23. DANIEL

    I’ve been making this for a month now and I realized that there is no need to use the “dutch” oven thing, just slide it into the oven and it will.turn out the same. Also I put less water, enough to make the dough easy to mold.

    • Patricia

      You just put it in the oven? On what did you put it? It’s too soft to just put on the racks. Did you use a cookie sheet , a pie pan or what?

    • Bob

      How was the crust? I understand without steam the crust is just a dull brown, or at least when I tried just dough on a cookie sheet it was a thin dull brown crust. Nothing like using a dutch oven or putting a pan of water on the rack below the cookie sheet. Let us know about the crust.

  24. Andrea from NJ

    Made this for the second time today and it was even better than before! I used king Arthur bread flour,and I do believe it makes a difference vs regular ap flour. Made in my 5 qt cast iron durch oven.

  25. Julie-FNP

    Turned out fantastic! Used scale and grams.

  26. Liam Maclarnan

    Hey Jenny,

    Lots of love from Britain. We tried your bread recipes unfortunately we weren’t very successful then we found out that USA and U.K. cup measures are different . Would you mind tgiving recipe in grams and mls? I would be grateful. Thanks ever so much . Liam

  27. Courtney

    Hi i would love to know if i can use active dry yeast instead of instant as i don’t keep instant on hand.thank you.

    • Nissa

      Yes you can! I did and the bread turned out beautifully. Follow the (package) instructions for activating the yeast and when it comes time to combine the bread ingredients (as per Jenny’s recipe), just subtract the water amount used to activate the yeast from the water listed in the recipe. Easy peasy!

  28. Dawna

    I made this bread and added 4 oz of extra sharp white cheddar, one jalapeno and one tsp of garlic powder. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jonathan

      Yup ,that…..
      I have adulterated this recipe so many ways.
      Fave is 1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onion and a 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley.

    • Tess

      I’ve made it adding roasted garlic cloves and chopped fresh herbs… O. M. G. Fantastic served with either Olive oil or goat cheese.

  29. Vicki

    This bread was delicious! Made it just as directed and it came out beautiful and my husband loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe, its a keeper!!!

  30. Judy Mutter

    Love this recipe! Jenny you have hit a home run, my family and friends love the bread. They cannot believe how easy and quick it is.

  31. Amy

    Can this be done in bread pans? Please advise. I love all your recipes you need to be back on TV maybe food network I miss you. Glad I found you on you tube.

  32. Linda

    I have been making his bread at least 3-4 times per week. Always great. My friends think I’m amazing. (ssshhhh)
    I just realize that I have been using the regular yeast and not the fast yeast.
    Am I missing something by not using the fast yeast? Still comes out great but just wondering what is the difference.

  33. Larkin

    Can I double the recipe and if so, how long should I cook it?

  34. Jan

    Thanks so very much for this recipe & all the FAQ’s & your blog Jenny! I tried the rolls first (no dutch oven), this recipe yesterday. It was perfect! I can’t believe I baked bread, which I’ve never done. All the tips, especially aerating flour are so helpful & all the comments as well. And your videos, OMGosh, so fun & helpful for someone who is clueless about baking. There was a comment from someone who mentioned they used a baking sheet covered with one of those large throwaway lasagna pans. I don’t have a dutch oven, so I tried this, it worked PERFECTLY! Sorry I can’t find the comment now to give credit, but big thanks to that person for sharing. I followed Jenny’s recipe exactly, used a square stainless looking brownie pan I have from who knows where, with the tin lasagna pan on top. Since some commenters mentioned hard bottoms, I put one of those brown silicone liners on the bottom. It usually browns the bottom of cookies/biscuits, but totally not necessary for this bread & it did not brown the bottom at all, boo! I will not use it next time. Also, I’m using a large toaster oven (will take 1/4 sheet pan 9×13). Hope that helps those using toaster ovens & not sure if this recipe will work. It does, do it! Sometimes toaster oven temps need to be adjusted down because they are so small – I usually go down 25° F. I followed the recipe exactly the first time & it seems no temp adjustments are necessary for this bread. I still can’t believe this clueless non-baker is here talking about baking bread, lol! Thanks again Jenny for your recipes, you are my hero! And thanks to all the comments from everyone sharing tips, so helpful.

  35. Jill

    I’m really interested in trying variations of this bread, because I love the basic recipe so much! Do you have any suggestions? My first instinct is to throw in a handful of grated cheese and some garlic powder. Have you made it with mix-ins?

  36. sabrina

    so actually the pot heating up in the oven would be a total of 35 minutes? preheating 20 minutes of the last time the dough sits for the hour. then still heating in the oven while the dough is in the bowl with parchment paper? total of 35 minutes.

  37. Island Kate

    I just made this recipe for the first time using organic sprouted whole grain spelt flour. I made no substitutions other than using regular active yeast instead of instant. It turned out delicious! Beautiful bread. This is a game changer for me. Thank you Jenny 🙂

  38. Tamara Kuykendall

    Best bread and super easy!!! My husband that really isn’t a bread eater can’t stop eating 😂

  39. Jill

    This bread is AMAZING! I’m a novice bread maker and very nervous about working with yeast. The very first time I used this recipe, followed to a T using bread flour, it was so very foolproof and OMG…the end result?! Delicious! Great flavor and texture. I will make this again and again. Thank you!!

  40. BL

    I have tried several fast-no knead bread recipes but this one is by far the best of them all. I used the baking tips for the black cast iron dutch oven, raised the rack to the middle of the oven, reduced the heat to 425 for baking and followed the recipe to the letter. The bread was not gummy or damp. I let it rest for 2 hours which made cutting easy. This is definitely a keeper.

  41. CJ

    Can this recipe be used in a 2 qt dutch oven? It looks delicious! Thanks

    • Jan

      I am looking at the Lodge 2 qt cast iron dutch oven for this bread too. Several reviews on Amazon say this pot works perfectly for the recipe. Hope this helps!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I believe 2-quart would be too small for this recipe. You need room inside the pot for steam to circulate.

  42. CJ

    Can I use a 2 qt capacity dutch oven for this recipe?

  43. Theresa

    Beside using a dutch oven have you ever used a glazed clay pot or a copper pot to bake the bread? I have 2 copper pots that are the perfect size.

  44. Jasmine

    This recipe is excellent. I don’t like making bread, or baking really, I never turns out. But this is so good. And easy. Only downside is that it’s so difficult to not eat the whole loaf right away.
    I’ve subbed 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and that was nice, and I just made a loaf today with a few handfuls of cubed Gouda and some garlic powder. It’s fantadtic.
    I proof it in my instant pot and use yogurt whey (when I have it) instead of water.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Crazy Cat Lady =^••^=

      What setting do you use to proof dough in your Instant Pot? Thanks!

  45. Omar

    Hi Jenny! Just stumbled onto your YouTube vid this morning by accident…so good to see you “back on the air” again. I’m an old geezer, living in a cabin in the woods, and I don’t have an oven, and it’s not too warm (for dough rising)…for xmas I bought myself a One Pot pressure cooking thingy…wondering if you, or someone, have ever made this bread in a One Pot? Blessings to you!

  46. Pamela

    Who knew I could produce a bread so delicious and beautiful?!?! I went out and purchased a dutch oven just to make this bread and it was worth every penny

  47. Rick Cosgrave

    I use some sourdough starter and1/2 tsp. yeast.
    Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
    Turn the loaf on to parchment paper.
    Set it into the baking pan and cover.
    Place the pan in a sink of hot water.
    Once risen it goes into the hot oven.
    I’ve made this a lot and this provides the BEST rise!

  48. Shirley

    How do you get that beautiful split on top of the loaf?

    • Konnie

      Run a knife along the top and create about a half inch slit 🙂

      • Shirley

        Thank you. I tried that but I think my knife was too dull. I’ll try again with a sharp knife. Many thanks, and happy bread baking..

        • Jenny Can Cook

          The split usually happens naturally but you can also use scissors or a razor blade.

  49. LEIGH

    I tried this bread today after having tried may other bread recipes from multiple other sources- 10x easier, and 100x better. Thank you so much Jenny- a complete success, look forward to making it again and trying your other recipes!

  50. Barbo

    I made this bread today and it is a perfect crunchy crust and soft insides.
    We love it. So easy to make. I used my idea of a 9×13″ Pyrex pan of
    water on bottom shelf. Big baking bowl with lid and used spritzer with
    water in beginning of baking. Everything I ever wanted in French or
    Sourdough is in this bread. You make the difficult so EZ. Thanks so
    much Ms Jenny. You saved me 10 minutes of kneading time and I got
    the bread I love. Oh my gosh, the toast is divine.

  51. Lillie

    How could I use this recipe to make several fist-sized loaves at a time? Could I use a cake pan?

  52. D. "Lynn" Carmichael (Ms.)

    Thanks, Jenny! My ‘rapido’ no-knead loaf looks just like the one in your photo: looks good, tastes great. And it’s got a finely textured ‘crumb’ … who knew, on such an easy-to-make loaf? It makes a bit of a mockery of all those old-school home-made breads that took 36+ hours of professional-boxer kneading and rising …
    Added freshly minced rosemary from the pot on my patio, so aromatic and tasty.
    Why buy pricey artisanal bread when you can whip up a customized loaf based on this outstanding template?
    Dziękuję Ci bardzo!
    (Silicon Valley via S.Ontario, Canada)

  53. Jackie

    My dutch oven is only safe to 400 degrees. Can I bake bread at 400? How much longer would it take? It also says never to heat when empty. Do I need to add oil or something when heating it?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I can’t advise that you go over the temperature limit but I believe they mean not to heat it empty on the stove top (assuming it’s enameled cast iron).

    • Lisa

      It’s a good idea to buy a metal knob on top and replace yours if it is the black kind. I hear the black knobs eventually breaks or explodes while baking.

  54. Shirley

    this bread is so incredibly delicious, and the easiest recipe ever!! I am still stunned that I can now have fresh baked bread on the table in 2 hours. Thank you so much. I’m now going to try baking your rolls.

  55. Kelly B

    I’m making this for the 2nd time in a week! It was gone in about 20 minutes last week. I’m making it again to have with some bean soup to warm up the house on this cold, cold day. Love that I can decide to make this on the spur of the moment. Thanks!

  56. Kelly C

    I can’t believe I did it! So glad I found your recipe. A big turkey dinner for New Year’s day, and everyone on a diet, I was not going to have dinner rolls. In the last minute, I couldn’t go through with no bread on the table… I found this recipe, tried it….. To my amazement it was wonderful! Up until we cut into the loaf , I didn’t think it would turn out. Everyone loved it, and recipe was shared 🙂

  57. alex

    125 g per cup of aerated flour in case you dont have time to aerate but have a scale!

  58. Angie

    If I were to double the recipe would the cooking/rising times change? I want to make this but it needs to feed 7 people.

  59. Diane

    Can I use bread flour in this recipe?

  60. Karen can cook

    I bless the day I found your site. I have always wanted to make an awesome artisan bread but sadly I never found the right recipe until I found you! You are a Godsend & within a few days I made several loaves of 2 hr fast bread. One thing that was missing was taste. The crust, crumb, the ease has been amazing. I always have my Irish Kerry Gold butter ready to use. I was wondering if I can use 2+ tsp of salt. I’ve using Hawaiian pink salt or Kosher. I am planning on making several loaves of bread for my friends who has no idea I’m making bread. So my question is will it throw off the science of the bread? It’s soooo delicious & want to up the taste of the crumb. Please advise me on want to do. Christmas is right around the corner 😬😬😬😬 Thanks Jenny! BTW I know you discovered Destiny’s Child with you know who! I was watching that day

    • Jenny

      It’s fine to use more salt with this recipe without disturbing the science. (I forgot about Destiny’s Child)

      • Carla

        I was wondering if you could add grated cheese to this recipe. Would love a cheese bread!

        • Kate from Ottawa

          Hi Carla, after doing the dry ingredients, I add Asiago cheese, halved black olives…make sure the olives are somewhat dry. Stir the ingredients, then add the water. I have taken this to parties and people dip pieces into olive oil. Asiago cheese is my go to cheese ☺

      • Karen can cook

        Jenny! How could you forget introducing Beyoncé for the first time on national tv?!! That’s so funny! I remember it like it was yesterday & I never forgot it. Thank you Jenny for many years of good times as well as many year of good cooking & Artisan bread! Ahhead of me! 👏👏👏

  61. Linda Stracy

    li made this recipe for your 3 hour rise. It was hands down the best I ever made. Today I will make this 2 hour recipe. By the reviews, this will be even better.
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes. Love your videos.

  62. Gail

    Can this be made in a gluten free way? Suggestions?

  63. Sarah

    Would it change anything to use other kinds of flour? Whole wheat for example?

    • Jenny

      Please see my other variations.

      • Vickilynn


        I’ve been looking for your “other variations” to see if 100% whole wheat flour could be used in your 2-hour no-knead bread, but I cannot find either.

        I know you said you used 100% whole wheat flour in your 4 hour one, so can I safely assume that it works for this one as well? Do you add anything else, such as vital gluten to the 100% whole wheat versions? Thank you!

  64. Karen can cook

    I’ve made 5 of these beautiful breads over the past 3 days. Absolutely perfect! I will NEVER EVER eat any other bread again! Now my daughter who doesn’t cook wants to make bread with me!!! Thanks Jenny!

    • Donna

      Mines baking now I have never done breD before it’s smells so goood can’t wait to pull it .

  65. Christine

    Came out perfect! Lots of crust and lots of bubbles inside. This recipe is a keeper…thank you.

  66. Alecia

    Not sure if the photo will post. Just made this and it came out perfectly!! 53248916245__E194153F-2838-4D7D-888D-4ABD79976CB0.JPG

    • Jenny

      To send a photo please use the link provided in “Your Photos.”

  67. mari

    Love your energy, makes for enjoyable viewing. I noticed you use a Lodge dutch oven for no knead bread. The instruction for the Lodge says never heat empty. Do you add oil or water when heating yours? I’m afraid I’ll ruin mine after reading that a poster on other site said hers exploded.

    • Jenny

      Mine is not a Lodge, it’s by Le Creuset.

    • Wendy

      I use a lodge for this recipe all the time and mine has never exploded. Sounds like maybe hers might have had a defect.

    • Andrea from NJ

      Per lodge, that was an error in the instructions booklet. You can hest it empty.

  68. Cheryl D. Clayton

    Just made it. Turned out wonderful!!!

  69. AMY

    Jenny you’re wonderful! Thank you!!
    Any tips on freezing dough to bake later?
    Could any of your bread recipes be frozen in dough form. My Hubby is a farmer and I have tons of wheat to go through lol.
    Thank you for your time😊

    • Amy

      I haven’t frozen dough yet but I have frozen the whole loaf of bread and brought it to room temp and baked it in oven for 10 to 15 minutes and it turned out great.

  70. Jane

    Love your recipes. You are a fabulous cook, but most of all you re a great instructor. The great instructions you provide make us better cooks.
    Whenever I am looking for a recipe I check your website.
    Keep publishing!!!


  71. Nicole L.

    Wow!! amazing bread. I just made this recipe. I did not have time to take a picture of it. Just had to sink my teeth into it. Best ever!!! No more running out for bread 😉

  72. TC Burnett

    I have tried all of Jenny’s crusty bread and roll recipes. They all come out wonderfully!

  73. Jackie

    Jenny, I love, love, love your recipes. I have made your other breads and they were all excellent but I have to admit this one (so far) is my favorite. For anyone that is afraid to make your own bread, Jenny’s recipes are SOOO easy to make. Just follow the directions, you won’t be sorry!

    Thanks Jenny 🙂

    Oh and the pizza dough is to die for!

  74. Mary White

    I have made 3 of your bread recipes and they have all been a hit. But I must admit this one is my favorite! I was always intimidated with making bread because it always failed for whatever reason. But these recipes are easy to follow and we had bread in 2 hours. I added ground rosemary and garlic when it was rising and garlic powder on top before I put in the oven. It was delicious!
    Thank you.

  75. BECKY

    WOW!!! Now I make my own bread all the time. I was always running out at odd hours for bread, milk and eggs. At least it solved one problem. They won’t allow
    chickens and cows in this apartment building.

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