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Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe Ever

The first recipe I posted on the blog is also one of my favourites, and certainly one of my most popular ones. I wanted to make sure I had covered everything in that post, and I might have been a tad over enthusiastic with my ‘love letter to bread’ and explanation of every step in the process. For a bit of food porn, you can read all about it here. After making bread using this method for over 5 years, I have simplified the recipe further and today I am sharing the easiest homemade bread recipe ever. There will be no kneading, no long list of ingredients and no bread maker!

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This recipe is very similar to my crusty bread recipe, but with simpler and shorter explanations. Here comes the easiest homemade bread recipe ever! You see, I love bread. The only problem is I have not yet managed to find bread that would rival a French baguette. The bread I buy here is too hard, too bland or too chewy. It is also insanely overpriced.

3 Ingredients!

Ingredients for this bread will cost you less than 25 pence per loaf if you use the cheapest (value) flour, salt and yeast. That is exactly what we do, and it costs us exactly 21 pence per loaf.

You will need 3 ingredients only (plus tap water). Nothing else.

What to do

This easiest homemade bread recipe requires no kneading, bread machine, obscure ingredient or fancy piece of equipment.

Mixing the dough for my easiest homemade bread recipe

After 12 hours in a warm (not hot) place, it should look like this.

The bread dough before it's baked in the oven

Just before you bake it, it needs to be rolled in flour and left for 30 minutes. It looks like a pile of goo and that is absolutely fine!

Rolling the gooey dough in flour before putting it in the oven to bake

All you need to make a loaf like the one pictured below is a large ovenproof bowl for the whole process as well as a large spoon. I simply use my 2L Pyrex prep bowl.

Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe Ever Prepped & Baked in Pyrex Bowl

Cling film, foil and baking paper are also useful to keep your kitchen mess-free, which is essential for me as I am so time-starved at the moment.

4.72 from 7 votes

Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe Ever

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


  • 3 cups plain flour 450g
  • ½ tsp ‘fast action’ or ‘easy bake’ yeast 1g
  • 1 ½ tsp salt 10g
  • 1 ½ cups water 350 ml


  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a 2L ovenproof bowl and give them a quick stir.
  2. Add the water and mix vigorously with a tablespoon for a couple of minutes.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place (ideally 18 to 21 degrees) for approximately 12 hours.
  4. When you are ready to bake the bread, preheat your oven to gas mark 8 (230 degrees Celsius / 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. You might have to adjust the temperature depending on your oven.
  6. Place a large sheet of baking paper on your work surface; with flour on top (you will need two or three heaped tablespoons).
  7. Using the tablespoon, drop the sticky dough on top of the flour and use the tablespoon to shape the dough in a sort of ball and make sure it gets covered all around. It will still look gooey and that is fine.
  8. Wash the bowl and dry it. Place it in the oven to warm for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, make sure the dough is still covered in flour all around. Use oven gloves to take the ovenproof bowl out and sprinkle a bit of flour in the bottom. Plop the dough in the bowl, cover with foil and put in the oven for 45 minutes. Throw away the baking paper.
  10. Take your homemade bread out of the oven and place on a cooling rack. Try to keep some for dinner!

Recipe Notes

You can add nuts, raisins, cheese or seeds (poppy, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin) to your dry mix before adding the water.

The bread will keep well for 3 or 4 days (will need toasting after 24 hours) in foil.

Keep it longer and you can use it for bread and butter pudding, French toast or dumplings.

If crusty white bread is not your thing, why not try my favourite seeded bread or healthy loaf?

I hope you’ve enjoyed my easiest homemade bread recipe. If you’ve tried it share your results in the comments.



  1. 03/04/2015 / 9:32 pm

    Yum, yum, yum. I never bake bread because my OH really enjoys doing it. To be honest, I’m also a bit intimidated by doing it! But, this looks easy enough for even me to try! Thanks for sharing lovely xx

    • Mel
      03/04/2015 / 10:32 pm

      This bread is incredibly easy. You should try to make it and impress Tony! Best bread I have ever tasted (apart from baguettes in an amazing bakery in Vincennes). x

  2. 07/04/2015 / 1:33 am

    Can’t wait to try this! I’ve been hesitant to try making bread, but this recipe makes it sound easy 😀 Love that I don’t need a bread machine for it!

    • Mel
      07/04/2015 / 10:27 am

      It really is nice and simple, and I promise you it is delicious! I baked some in a loaf tin yesterday, and I am enjoying a piece of toast with honey as I type: yum!

  3. 13/04/2015 / 4:45 pm

    Love how simple (and utterly perfect) your bread is. I’ve pinned it onto your very own community board. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • Mel
      13/04/2015 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks hun! I have a loaf waiting to be devoured in the kitchen!

  4. Fiona Chick
    19/04/2015 / 10:00 pm

    I have to try this – and I will! I’m a sucker for bread, and if it is this easy, it has got to be a winner! It looks delicious as well, Mel xx

  5. jacksmum
    21/06/2016 / 9:48 am

    made last night and came ot great.really easy to do and tastes good too.think i might try it in bread tins next time.

    • Mel
      21/06/2016 / 12:10 pm

      Oh brilliant! Let me know how it turns out in bread tins!

      • Hayley
        14/01/2017 / 5:31 pm

        Do you know of the bread tin worked ok, as I plan to use a bread tin to bake mine.

  6. Heidi W
    25/05/2017 / 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    I just finished making this. I took the foil off and stuck it back in for a few minutes, as mine was rather pale. I saw your delicious sounding Seeded Bread recipe, and will try that method for 30 minutes with foil and 15 without next time. Thanks for a deliciously easy bread recipe! I’ve already sent the link to my mom and my daughters. 🙂

    • Mel
      26/05/2017 / 1:28 am

      Heidi, thank you so much for your comment, it made my day (night?). The thing is my ancient gas oven is pretty unreliable so I just stick it on maximum! Yours is probably a lot better than mine. The 30 min / 15 min works well with an oven that you can trust (if there is such a thing!). The seeded loaf is scrumptious too!

  7. Andrea
    07/06/2017 / 5:03 pm

    Hi! Quick question, how warm should the water be when added to the yeast? Also, at what temp should I heat the bowl? Can I use a Dutch oven vs Pyrex dish? Thanks!

    • Mel
      07/06/2017 / 5:19 pm

      Hi Andrea,
      The water is best at room temperature, but most of the time, I simply use it straight from the cold tap.
      Heat the bowl at the same temperature as the cooking temp. A Dutch oven will work perfectly for this. I either use a Pyrex bowl or loaf tin with foil over them or my huge Le Creuset Casserole dish with lid on. I’ve used all sorts of ovenproof containers when staying with friends and family. It works every time! Let me know how it goes!

      • Andrea
        07/06/2017 / 8:29 pm

        Thank you!!

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