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No-Knead Rosemary Bread

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This no-knead rosemary bread is a beautiful, lofty loaf infused with woodsy rosemary flavor. It’s a quick rosemary bread recipe that results in an artisan-style bread made entirely in a Dutch oven.

Warm, soft and pillowy in the center with a crisp crust, it’s delicious, addicting, and perfect for any occasion!

No-knead rosemary bread in a Dutch oven with parchment paper.

A quick rosemary bread recipe

This rosemary bread is simple to make and easy enough for any experience level! We love a good no-knead bread recipe (see our No-Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread or this Quick No Knead Dutch Oven Bread), and this recipe is our latest homemade bread obsession. Rapid rise yeast makes this a quick bread recipe. And the fact that it’s no-knead saves a bit of time and effort, too.

Rosemary adds the perfect flavor- it’s light and pine-y, savory yet a tad sweet. Which means it goes with almost anything! But let’s be honest, all you really need with a slice of this bread is a thick smear of butter.

Here are the ingredients you need

Another great thing about our no-knead rosemary bread is that it only requires a few simple ingredients… five to be exact! Could it be any easier? You might even have these on hand already, which means no special trip to the store.

Take a look:

  • Flour. We used all-purpose flour but bread flour will also work.
  • Quick Rise or RapidRise instant yeast. Make sure you have this kind of instant yeast for this recipe. It is a sub-category of instant yeast and acts quicker than regular instant yeast.
  • Table salt. Salt helps with flavor and structure but measure carefully because too much salt will kill the yeast.
  • Fresh rosemary leaves. We chopped some of the leaves to release more of the flavor from the rosemary.
  • Lukewarm water. For best results, the water temperature should be about 120°F. If you don’t have a thermometer, test it on the inside of your wrist. The water should be comfortably warm.
Ingredients needed for no knead rosemary bread.

About the Dutch oven

We make this rosemary bread in a Dutch oven. It rises and bakes in the pot, and the lid traps in the steam and helps the bread rise better. This results in a lofty loaf with a cracking crust.

One tip about Dutch oven bread: do not leave the lid on for the entire bake time or the crust will actually become too thick.

How to make this bread

There’s no need to be intimidated by making homemade bread, especially when it comes to this no-knead rosemary bread recipe!

Here’s a look at the process, but don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the printable recipe card and check out all the delicious details:

  1. Make the bread dough: Stir together the flour, yeast and salt in a mixing bowl. Chop up 1 tablespoon of the rosemary leaves and add the chopped and whole leaves to the flour mixture. Make a well in the center and pour in the water. Stir to combine- the dough will be soft and sticky.
  2. Let the dough proof: Coat a large bowl with oil and place the dough into the bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap or parchment paper and let the dough rise for about 1 hour in a warm place in the kitchen. After 40 minutes, place the Dutch oven (with its lid) in the oven and heat to 450°F.
  3. Shape the dough: Tip the dough out onto a flour-dusted surface. Use a bench scraper or spatula to turn and fold the dough a few times to shape it into a mound. Dust it lightly with flour and place it in the center of a sheet of parchment paper. Use the paper as a sling and gently set it into another bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise another 15 minutes.
  4. Bake the no-knead bread: Remove the hot Dutch oven from the oven. Score the bread dough on the top with a slash or X. Use the parchment paper to lift the dough out of the bowl and transfer it into the hot Dutch oven. Place the lid on the pot and transfer it to the oven. Bake for 45 minutes and then remove the lid. Continue baking another 12-15 minutes. Lift the hot bread out of the Dutch oven and let it cool before slicing.
Process photos showing how to make no knead rosemary bread.
A freshly baked loaf of no knead rosemary bread on a sheet of parchment paper.

tips for the best no-knead rosemary bread

  • About the flour: All-purpose flour has a protein content of about 10 percent, while bread flour has 12 percent. If using bread flour, we recommend increasing the water by 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup to compensate for the extra protein.
  • About the yeast: Make sure the yeast has not expired- the package should have an expiration date. And a tip about storage: keep the yeast in the refrigerator or freezer. Also, as noted above, make sure you use Rapid rise or Quick rise instant yeast. If you have regular instant yeast, refer to the notes for different rise times.
  • Mixing the dough: You can choose to mix and proof the bread in the same bowl, however we like transferring the dough to an oiled bowl because it makes the transfer to the floured work surface a little easier.
  • About scoring the bread: This is entirely optional but it does serve a purpose! Scoring the bread before baking allows it to expand and gives it more height.
  • For a lofty loaf: You can lightly mist the top of the dough with water before placing it in the oven. This will produce more steam and help the bread rise even higher! Steam is one of the reasons why a Dutch oven works so well- the lid traps the steam which produces a loftier loaf and a thick crust.
  • When the bread is done baking it will have an internal temperature of 210°F. It should also sound hollow if you thump the bottom of the loaf.
No-knead rosemary bread sliced and slathered in butter.

This No-knead Rosemary Bread is such a treat! Making a tasty, artisan loaf couldn’t be easier. It’s definitely a favorite in our house and we know you will love it too! Enjoy!

p.s. It also makes a delicious gift if you’re looking for homemade treats to share this year. 😉

SOME OTHER BREAD RECIPES WE ARE SURE YOU WILL LOVE:

  • Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread: A thin, crisp Italian flatbread infused with garlic and herbs. This is the perfect cracker-like bread for soups or appetizers.
  • Sage Brown Butter Skillet Cornbread: Made from scratch and baked in a skillet. The brown butter and sage add an incredible depth of flavor that you have got to try to believe how delicious it tastes!
  • Quick No Knead Dutch Oven Bread: You will be the proud baker of this lofty loaf of artisan-style bread! Just a one hour rise, shape it, let it rise a few minutes; then bake it! You will love the crunchy crust and tender, moist crumb. It is guaranteed to be addictive!

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No-knead rosemary bread in a Dutch oven with parchment paper.

No-Knead Rosemary Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

An easy No-Knead Rosemary Bread baked in a Dutch oven. This is a large, lofty loaf of artisan-style bread with a crunchy crust, a moist crumb that is infused with fresh rosemary leaves.

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 cups (540 grams) all purpose flour, or bread flour
  • 1-1/2 packet (11 grams ) or 3 teaspoons Quick Rise or RapidRise instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons table salt (9 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, divided
  • 2-1/4 cups lukewarm water (up to 120°F) (338 grams)

Instructions

  1. Fluff up the flour before measuring or weighing; then add the flour, yeast, salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Chop 1 tablespoon of the rosemary leaves and add them along with the whole leaves to the flour mixture, stir to combine.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the water in, stir to combine and no flour remains on the bottom of the bowl.  The dough will be soft and sticky.
  4. Coat a large bowl with olive or vegetable oil; then transfer the dough into the bowl. (See Notes).
  5. Cover the bowl with a piece of oil-sprayed plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Let rise for 1 hour in a warm area of the kitchen. 
  6. When the dough has been rising for 40 minutes, place a 6-quart Dutch oven, with its lid, into the oven and set the oven temperature to 450°F.
  7. After the dough has risen for the full 1 hour, sift a light dusting of flour on a large piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  8. Tip the dough out onto a lightly flour-dusted surface.  Use a bench scraper or spatula to turn and fold the dough 5 or 6 times to shape into a rough mound.  Dust lightly with flour. 
  9. Place the dough, folded side down, in the center of the reserved parchment paper.  Dust the top of the mound lightly with flour.  
  10. Using the parchment paper as a sling, lift the dough and set it into another bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes (see Notes).

To Bake the Bread:

  1. Carefully transfer the hot Dutch oven from the oven to the countertop and remove the lid.  
  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough.  With a sharp knife, scissors or a bread taser blade, score the bread dough on the top with a slash or X, (see Notes). 
  3. Again, using the parchment paper as a sling, lift the dough and carefully set it into the hot Dutch oven.  
  4. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and transfer to the oven.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, then remove the lid from the Dutch oven and bake the bread for an additional 12 to 15 minutes. 
  6. Transfer the hot Dutch oven to the work area and using the parchment paper, lift the bread out and place on a wire rack.  Let cool before slicing.

Notes

  • The protein content in all-purpose flour is about 10 percent as compared to 12 percent in bread flour.  If using bread flour, the water should be increased by 1/4 of a cup to compensate for the extra protein.  The dough should be soft and sticky.
  • Yeast will have an expiration date on the package, use within the date limit.  Yeast should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • The bread dough can be mixed and allowed to rise in the same bowl.  It is optional to transfer the dough to an oiled bowl for the rise, however, the oil does make it less messy to transfer the dough from the bowl to the floured work surface.
  • Placing the shaped dough and parchment paper into another bowl will keep the shape mounded during the final rise. 
  • Scoring the on the top is not mandatory but doing so will allow the bread to expand and give it more height. 
  • Misting the top of the dough lightly with water before placing in the oven, will produce more steam and help the bread rise even higher.
  • Bread baked in a Dutch oven works because the Dutch oven holds the steam in and helps the bread rise better.  This produces a lofty loaf with a cracking crust.  Do not leave the lid on the Dutch oven for the entire bake time or the crust will become too thick. 
  • To determine that the bread is cooked completely, tilt the bread on its side and thump on the bottom.  It should sound hollow if done.  You can further check the temperature with an instant-read thermometer.  When the bread is done it will register 210°F when inserted in the top of the bread.
  • This bread rises quickly because we use Rapid rise or Quick rise instant yeast. If you have regular instant yeast, you will need to let the dough rise for approximately 3 hours before you shape the dough. After you shape the dough, let it rise for approx. 1 hour. Times will vary depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 238mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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AliceNiki

Monday 21st of December 2020

Hi. What if I don't have Dutch oven? Can I bake it with normal baking pan in the oven? TQ

Dahn Boquist

Monday 21st of December 2020

Yes you can. The Dutch oven will give it a slightly higher rise and crispier crust but it will work in a regular baking pan as well.

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