No-knead beginner’s loaf

This easy Italian-inspired bread is designed to fit into the working week – enjoy as a simple snack dipped into balsamic vinegar and olive oil

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:1 hrs
    plus cooling and at least 9 hrs rising
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 162
  • fat 2g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 29g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.8g


  • ¼ tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3-4 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Pour 500ml warm water into a large bowl and sprinkle over the yeast. Stir to distribute the yeast, then add the flour, rosemary leaves and sea salt. Once everything is well mixed, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise overnight, or for 8-12 hrs.

  2. Once the dough has risen, brush the inside of another large bowl with the olive oil and dust with 1-2 tbsp flour. Carefully tip the bread into the floured bowl and dust the top with more flour. Cover again with cling film and leave to prove for 1 hr.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place a large casserole dish, small roasting tin or cake tin in the oven to heat up. When it’s really hot, take it out of the oven and quickly tip in the dough. (The dish or tin should be hot enough that the dough will sizzle when it goes in.) Sprinkle with a little more flour and bake for 45 mins–1 hr or until the bread is risen, golden and, if you tap the crust with your knuckles, it sounds hollow.

  4. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack and leave to cool for 10-15 mins before slicing. Delicious served warm with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt flakes.

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