Almost no knead Whole Wheat Bread

I love making bread and using my bread maker makes it even easier. But recently I got an email from Cook’s Illustrated highlighting their almost no knead bread recipe and I thought I would give it a try. Normally I shy away from bread recipes because of the yeast and kneading–I didnt want to fail at it after going through that much work! This recipe conquers all my fears and is a very excellent bread. It goes well with chilis and stews as well as makes great sandwiches! I was very impressed with the ease of this recipe and the deep fantastic flavor!

I almost cried (LOL) when the bread came out of the oven looking sooooooooo gorgeous! I was so thrilled that it all came out and was perfect!!! You cant imagine how happy I was…ahhhh I love cooking and baking…it brings me such joy when recipes I am nervous of come out looking sooooo PERFECT!
**There is a video on their sight showing the making of this bread if any of the steps need more explanation! Check it out!


Makes 1 large round loaf.   Published January 1, 2008. From Cook’s Illustrated.

An enameled cast-iron Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid yields best results, but the recipe also works in a regular cast- iron Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. (See the related information in “Making Your Dutch Oven Safe for High-Heat Baking” for information on converting Dutch oven handles to work safely in a hot oven.) Use a mild-flavored lager, such as Budweiser (mild non-alcoholic lager also works). The bread is best eaten the day it is baked but can be wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (10 ounces), plus additional for dusting work surface
1 cup whole wheat flour (5 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (7 ounces), at room temperature
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mild-flavored lager (3 ounces)
1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. 1. Whisk flours, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Stir honey into water, then add water, beer, and vinegar to the dry ingredients. Using rubber spatula, fold mixture, scraping up dry flour from bottom of bowl until shaggy ball forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 18 hours.
  2. 2. Lay 12- by 18-inch sheet of parchment paper inside 10-inch skillet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and knead 10 to 15 times. Shape dough into ball by pulling edges into middle. Transfer dough, seam-side down, to parchment-lined skillet and spray surface of dough with nonstick cooking spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size and does not readily spring back when poked with finger, about 2 hours.
  3. 3. About 30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to lowest position, place 6- to 8-quart heavy-bottomed Dutch oven (with lid) on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly flour top of dough and, using razor blade or sharp knife, make one 6-inch-long, 1/2-inch-deep slit along top of dough. Carefully remove pot from oven and remove lid. Pick up dough by lifting parchment overhang and lower into pot (let any excess parchment hang over pot edge). Cover pot and place in oven. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to bake until loaf is deep brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 210 degrees, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Carefully remove bread from pot; transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.


5 Comments on “Almost no knead Whole Wheat Bread”

  1. katie102006 says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!! ITS BEAUTIFUL!! I would have almost cried too!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I would’ve cried too! Gorgeous:)

  3. devils_food says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks SOOOOOOO good!! If I had lager in the house I would make it right now. I guess I’ll be making a trip to the store.

  4. Amber says:

    What a gorgeous looking loaf of bread. Congratulations on conquering your fears. I bet it was the best tasting loaf of bread you have ever had. 🙂

  5. gaga says:

    Yours looks beautiful. Mine always comes out lopsided, but still tasty. Don’t you just love no-knead bread?

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