Dutch Oven No-Knead Herb Bread

“Tap tap tap”, Luise leans forward and puts her ear closer to the bread crust. “Yep, this one is also good”. It’s her third bread today. All with different flours, but with the exact same baking technique. Earlier this week she found Mark Bittman’s 6-year old New York Post article on Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread. Although the recipe has been circulating for quite a while, we couldn’t resist making our own version of it, using more wholesome flours.

Baking isn’t normally our strongest area, so when we succeed with three breads in one day, it must be a fail-free technique. We love sourdough bread, but ever since our sourdough starter tragically past away, we gave up the thought of making our own again. This recipe has however the flavor and texture of a sourdough without the need of a starter. This is thanks to the long fermenting process. The fermenting also spares you from kneading it, time does all the work. One trick to succeed is to get the pot really hot. So when you add the wet dough, it’ll create a moist and steamy environment that gives the bread that perfect crust.

We ate several slices hot from the oven, with just a slab of butter on them. So damn good.

As it got closer to dinner time we started talking about the bag of chanterelles that we had lying around.

Chanterelles are very popular here in Sweden during August and September. Almost everyone I know has their own secret spot in the forest where they claim chanterelles grow like a yellow carpet. We don’t have any secret places like that. So when we can’t tag along some of our friends, we just go and buy a large bag of them at the market. One of the simplest yet most delicious way to eat chanterelles is stir-fried on a sandwich. So for dinner, we combined that Swedish chanterelle sandwich with a recipe for an Italian bean bruschetta that we sometimes make. The result was great. The beans added creaminess and tanginess and made it more into a dinner than just a sandwich. So, next time you feel like making a bruschetta, skip the tomatoes and try this bean and mushroom combo instead. We have included the recipes for both the bread and the bruschetta here. Happy weekend!

The spelt dough after 15 hours of fermentation.

Dutch Oven No-Knead Herb Bread
1 big bread 

We have played around with rye flour, spelt flour, kamut flour, whole wheat flour and it doesn’t seem to changes the amounts of flour much, so choose your favorite flour and give it a try.

2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
3 g fresh yeast (the size of a pea) or 1/4 tsp dried yeast
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp unpasteurized honey
1 handful fresh herbs or kale, very finely chopped
2 3/4 cups (400 g) whole spelt flour
2 cups (300 g) light spelt flour
extra flour for folding
1 oven proof dutch oven, cast iron or ceramic pot

Place water in a large mixing bowl. Solve the yeast into it by stirring with a spoon or your hand. Add salt, honey, herbs and kale and stir until well mixed. Sift the flours and add to the water mixture. Mix together until all is combined, yes it will look kind of loose and messy and not as pretty as a traditional bread dough, but that is normal. Cover with plastic wrap, set aside to ferment in room temperature for 12-15 hours.

When you unwrap the bowl, the dough is bubbly and sticky. Prepare your work surface, flour the kitchen counter and a kitchen towel (you’ll use that later). Pour the dough out on the flour covered surface and dust the dough with flour or it will be to sticky to handle. Then fold it 4 times. Take the first side and fold it onto the middle of the dough. Repeat this for the opposing side, then do the same thing to the top and bottom. Now place the folded dough on the flour dusted kitchen towel with the folded sides down. Fold the kitchen towel over the dough and let rise for 2-3 hours (in room temperature). When there is about 40 minutes left of the rising time, turn on the oven to 500F (250°C) and place the dutch oven (no greasing needed) with the lid on in the oven. When the oven is ready, the dutch oven is smokin’ hot and the dough is done rising. Carefully remove the dutch oven from the hot oven, using oven gloves. Unwrap the dough and place/drop it in the dutch oven. Slash the dough with a knife, then cover with the lid and place it back in the hot oven. Bake for 30 minutes, then lower the to 445F (230°C), remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven, let cool slightly, turn the dutch oven upside down and place the bread on an oven rack to cool.

Chanterelle & Black-Eyed Bean Bruschetta

1 cup cooked black-eyed beans, rinsed
1/4 cup pickled capers, drained
1 celery stalk and leafy top, really thinly sliced
10 fresh basil leaves
1/2 lemon, juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices of bread
200 g fresh chanterelle or wild mushroom of choice
2 cloves garlic, peeled

Combine beans, capers, celery, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl. Set aside to let the flavors infuse.

Cut 4 thick slices of bread. Set a chargrill pan on high heat (without oil) and grill the bread slices for a few minutes on each side until grill marks appear.

Heat a few tablespoons of ghee, olive oil or coconut oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add chanterelles, salt and black pepper, and let stir-fry for 5-6 minutes tossing a few times.

Assembling: Rub each slice of grilled bread with a garlic clove. Spoon the bean mixture onto the slices and top with chanterelles and a fresh basil leaf. Add extra olive oil if needed. Serve warm.


  • Aleksandra Peyrer-Na
    My love affair with bread goes back a long way. I live in Austria where bread is fantastic but I have had my fair share of home-baked bread. I tried this method once as well and it came out very dense, so I didn't try it again. I am definately going to try this. I even tried getting a sour-dough starter going but I failed each time. I marked your recipe from the winter for sourdough bread and I am still looking forward to trying it some day. I always look forward to reading your post and have enjoyed many of your recipes(my kids included). The chanterelle bruschetta sounds amazing. Thank-you for so much inspiration!
  • shilpa
    This looks fabulous! Thank you!
  • I just discovered the joys of kamut flour myself. Made some fantastic bread the other day with kamut, semolina and linseed flour. Did you ever try using chestnut flour in your gluten-free baking experiments? It makes *fantastic* cakes! Love the look of this loaf - and hell, no-knead is always good. It's the bane of my life! I usually make enough dough for 9 loaves and freeze it so we have "instant" bread for the month, but damn it takes time to knead :D
  • Désirée
    Hey bloggers out there... i recently discovered your kitchenstories... and since then i check them at least once a day. everytime i log in i'm curious if you've already posted something new... it's like a little present when there is something new. this morning i even got up earlier to prepare the dough for this great-looking bread. i went to work and was curious the whole day what's going on with the dough in my kitchen. i love that feeling when you are looking forward for something the whole day. when i came home i opened the lid, it felt like beeing the little girl from earlier days, when my mum was baking. rightnow the dough is sleeping for the second time. hihi, kind of feels like christmas waiting for santa... just ignoring the fact that it is summer. Thank you David, Luise and Elsa for the backflash into my earlier childhood days... just by the means of your wonderful blog. Can't wait until my kitchen is filled with the lovely flavour of freshly baked bread.
  • My wild yeast sourdough starters have died twice already this summer and I don't think I can take anymore heartache! Definitely going with this recipe, thanks!
  • Bread and I go waaaaaay back -- it's an all love/love relationship, for sure. ;) And this loaf looks so incredibly gorgeous I can't take my eyes off it! Wow. Thank you for the recipes. I am so extremely excited to try them out!
  • Thanks for the great link and your bread looks awesome! I'm slowly but surely trying to get the hang of bread-baking and one of my conclusions are, just like it said in the article that you must let the dough rise sloooowly. It also seems like kneeding dough is a myth... Can't wait to give this recipe a try!
  • I have been making this bread forever as I think it is just the most successful way to make great bread at home. I have experimented with all kinds of flour and add-ins, and ate it in all forms --bruschetta, with ricotta and honey or jam for breakfast, panzanella etc. It also makes for a great pizza dough. I will surely try yours with 100% spelt, but I was wandering what is the difference between whole spelt and light spelt, and if they could be interchangeable in this recipe. Love your bruschetta, chanterelles here in London are pretty common too, so I bookmarked it for the good occasion.
    • Jessica
      The light spelt flour has had the bran and germ sifted out. It will create a lighter loaf than if you use all regular spelt. I will look for light spelt at Whole Foods today but if I cannot find it I will probably substitute organic unbleached white flour.
  • This looks so darned good. I love brushettea with tomatoes so I must try this version.
  • I bake a lot with rye and spelt. I havent't tried kamut flour yet, so this is a good occasion to start. Such a delicious bread, the sourdough & rye flour gives a deep, lovely taste! Your blog and app inspire me every time :-)
  • Natalia
    Your bread looks divine. Have you tried quinoa flour? I'm curious, which size dutch oven did you use for your given recipe? 6 quart? Does it matter?
  • I used to make a bread similar to this with my lovely sourdough starter. But it isn't looking too good these days - I'll have to try the yeasted version. Thanks for the reminder!
  • This recipe came at the perfect time because I've been looking for a good no-knead bread! I've been enjoying kamut flour lately so perhaps I'll try it with that. Yum!
  • This looks freaking awesome!! Can't wait to try!
  • Joelle
    Hi! I'm curious to try this. Do you think I could use Buckwheat? We have begun the long journey of gluten free in my house. Thanks.
    • Hi Joelle, I am not sure how it would turn out using only buckwheat flour. We usually combine two or three different gluten free flours to get a better result when baking. You could also try using a gluten free flour mix, they are usually quite easy to bake with. Good luck, and let us know how it turned out. /David
  • Natalie Chapin
    I am living in Uppsala and don't speak Swedish, well really at all yet. What is the word for spelt flour in Swedish, and is it readily available in the grocery chains here ? thanks
    • Hi Natalie, whole wheat spelt is called fullkorns dinkel in Swedish. And light spelt is called dinkelsikt. Good luck! /David
  • Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be okay. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.
  • Great pictures! No knead bread always makes me hungry. Will try with kale next time.
  • WOW WEE! I am dying to make these this weekend! Thanks xxxxxxx
  • susan larsson
    what are you using that you call kale? is it grönkål?? i can't find anything else here in sweden that is even close to kale, and i miss it! though the chantarelles more than make up for it, of course:-)
  • Jenny
    Hey guys, it's the first time I leave a comment here all though I have followed you for a long time. Everything you do always look so fantastic. Just a glimpse of that bread makes me want to rush into the kitchen and start baking. Thank you so much for all the beautiful food you create!
  • This bread looks delicious. I also use the no knead method to make bread, but I've given up using the cast iron pan (although I bought one in purpose to make the bread) because I was having trouble in getting the bread out of it in one piece! Should I wait longer before trying to take it out of the pan? So it creates a little moisture and softens the crust? (I just came up with this theory!). I also normally make a large amount of dough and keep it in the fridge (as per the artisan bread in 5 minutes a day method). I wish I had a bit of Sweden in my door step so I could go blueberries and chanterelles picking!
    • Carolyn
      I've made the no-knead breads many times and always successful. The trick for easy removal from the "pot" is to place the dough on a floured piece of parchment paper long enough to hold onto to set into the hot pot. The parchment will withstand the high temperature and allows for "handles" to lift the bread from the pot. I haven't used spelt flour before, but will try it soon.
  • How great it this!? Ahh, your joy and love for the kitchen (and each other) is so contagious.. I only hope Luise & Elsa brings a chantarelle brushetta for me tomorrow ;) Lovely post and many laughs! Big hug!
  • Gorgeous! I've tried to make my own no-knead bread with varying degrees of success, but your beautiful photos (and chanterelle-bean bruschetta!) is inspiring me to try again.
  • The bread (AND the chanterelles!!) looks absolutely amazing! I saw another version of pot-bread the other day too, so it won't take long before I try one myself...
  • I'm not sure how I ended up here, but your food looks amazing. My husband is Swedish and I'm German, so we sure miss those Chanterelles here in Vancouver (Canada). They are just not the same, not to mention almost unaffordable. I wish I could have just taken some on the flight back from Sweden a week ago.
  • Katie
    This looks amazing, can't wait to try. When you say "light flour" does that mean white flour? Have you tried making it with all whole grain?
    • Hi Katie, we got the best result from using whole grain spelt flour combined with white spelt flour. We have also tried making it on all whole grain, it also turned out good but a little more compact. /David
      • Arpita Chari
        Hi David I wanted to try with Vetemjöl special or Rågmjöl as they are the ones I have at home. Would this work? What is spelt flour in Sweden called? Thanks
  • Your crust is absolutely gorgeous! As summer turns to fall here I've been craving hearty loves made with nourishing flours.
  • emily
    Now that is one good looking bread! Wow! And that bruschetta jumped right on my to-do list. Thanks!

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