Easy Rustic Homemade Bread

This easy homemade bread recipe produces a rustic round loaf with a delicious yeast flavor and a nice crust.  Just mix it up the night before baking and there’ll be fresh warm bread in the morning – no kneading necessary.

** UPDATE 08/26/2016 ** An updated version of this recipe with baking tips and new photos has been posted to my new recipe blog Recipe Renaissance.

Easy Rustic Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread Recipe - Easy And Rustic

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Course Bread
Servings 1 round loaf


  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour organic, non-gmo recommended
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 ½ cups water


  • In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to stir together the flour, salt and yeast.
  • Add the water and mix with a large spoon until a shaggy mixture forms.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 12 - 18 hours.
  • When ready to bake, put a covered cast iron dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450º F for 30 minutes. While the oven preheats, place the dough on a floured surface and shape it into a ball. Cover dough again with plastic wrap while the oven finishes preheating.
  • Place the dough in the preheated dutch oven and cover. Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove bread from the oven and let cool on a rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing with a bread knife.


Dough rises best in a 70º F or warmer room.