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Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  527 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The ultimate guide of super-simple no-knead bread recipes.

For years, home cooks have shied away from baking their own yeast bread because they were intimidated by the mess, expertise, and kneading required. Now in paperback, Nancy Baggett's revolutionary "Kneadlessly Simple" lets even complete novices bake bread quickly and easily in their own homes, with no kneading and n
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by John Wiley & Sons
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Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
I just read another review of this book, and had to laugh because it's exactly how I felt: How is keeping dough in your refrigerator for days two to three days easier than kneading bread? Especially when you have a bread mixer? And I don't have a dutch oven that is rated oven safe up to 500 degrees, which is called for in many of the recipes. I also thought the instructions were needlessly complicated -- each recipe is two to three pages long. Going to try Lahey's "My Bread" and "Artisan Bread i ...more
Joanna Vaught
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i've made 4 different breads out of this book -- some of them multiple times -- and each one has been practically effortless and produced beautiful results. i put off baking my own bread for so long because it seemed so time- and labor-intensive and if any variable was off, the whole thing was a wash. nancy baggett's method delivers on the titular promise! highly recommend. ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Why does a baking book written five years ago still use volume measurements and not weights? No nutrition info either. For no-knead recipes I would go for the Lahey book instead.
Elaine Nelson
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, own
I only got to make one recipe out of this book: the very first one. But it was amazing. I've made basic white bread twice now. The first time, I didn't let it rise quite long enough, so it was kinda dense, but still really tasty. The second time I was more patient (and maybe added more yeast? or it was warmer?) and it turned out just about perfect. I really want to get a copy and try more recipes. (Also need dutch oven.)

[Edit: got a copy for Christmas (2009 or 2010?) from my sister. Have made se
Unfortunately this style of baking does not fit my lifestyle. I don't have room in our refrigerator for the dough bowl, nor can I figure out a schedule,per her recipes, which will work for me.
I have had the book for a year and haven't actually made anything yet. I am sure that the results would be great if I made them. But this approach is not for me at this stage in my life.
Mary Anne
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the ONLY way I bake bread now! (Other than an occasional quick bread.) My husband and I can't get over how good all of the breads we've tried taste. I got rid of my bread machine, and with a little planning and very little work, you've got absolutely delicious bread. ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've made a handful of recipes from this book. I love the flavor this method produces, but it does require more planning to set things out at the right time. ...more
Eleise Kinch
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: layne tinsley
This book is fantastic, especially if you're looking to make bread without a ton of work. Also, commercial bread is terrible for you because of the additives, preservatives, dough conditioners and other toxic ingredients.

In this book are a few photos of the breads. And, my favorite is a simple cinnamon raisin honey loaf that is just fantastic. Bread that is perfect for diabetic meals. Honestly, something for everyone.

Madeleine Langlois
That was the book that made the difference between my little dense schizophrenic bricks of bread and beautiful bread effortlessly. Great selection, clear instructions. The construction of the book itself is less than sturdy (lots of loose pages) but it does show how much it has gotten. In the meanwhile I bought the Kindle version and still use it weekly to make yummy breads. I definitely recommend.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for anyone desiring quality homemade bread but lacking the time for traditional bread methods.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Hmm, seems I have the wrong kind of yeast for these recipes. But I will try the neoplitan-style pizza dough anyway. If it works, I'll attempt more. ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nancy Baggett, Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads (Wiley, 2009)

My second “simple bread!” book of the year (after Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, q.v.), and it has many of the same weaknesses as its predecessor (mainly that by combining the repeated instructions in each recipe into one area and referring people back to it each time, this book would have been a quarter of its length at most), but also shares a strength: this really is a simple, if rather time-consuming,
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
baking. Apparently this was orig. underwritten by Fleischmann's yeast; pp197-201 discusses how to adapt traditional yeast/kneading recipes to this non-kneading method--basically it involves adjusting the order in which ingredients are added, a wetter dough, more proofing time, and a longer baking time. I generally do not have great luck with yeast, Fleischmann's or no, so when I tried the gluten-free light sandwich bread it was no surprise that the dough rose even less than you would expect of a ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking
I tried the light wheat bread and the raisin cinnamon pinwheel bread. Both were delicious...but Nancy needs some different criteria besides "easy" and "fairly easy". It would be helpful to indicate the length of the recipe at the start as well.
My definition of "easy" is a recipe that takes leas than 20 minutes to prepare and then I put in the oven for X amount of minutes and voilà it's done!
Her definition of "easy" involves mixing, then refrigerating for 16 hours, and then adding more ingredient
Jan 16, 2011 added it
My two attempts at baking pandesal were failures despite following the recipe to the letter. Perhaps understanding the chemistry of the ingredients first might be helpful before I embark on ambitious projects. From the first chapters, I've learned about sugar/ flour ratio which was completely way, way off on my last try. Dough turned out so sticky that I knew, on that stage, my pan de sal was doomed.

I am new at baking and finds it enjoyable and relaxing and I hope this book would help me along t
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
it was so BORING!!!!! i was expecting something more for someone who has never baked bread that it would be more user friendly. there were hardly any pictures that is big for me in a cook book i want a picture with every recipe if not that than at least one every other. another thing i want it simple this book was not the instructions were at least two to three pages long. it was like i needed a class on how to use the book it. it made me tired.... i would never take the time to make or eat anyt ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
The breads in this book are tasty and satisfying, sure, but they require WAY too much forethought and planning, and have WAY too many steps separated by awkward intervals of time to merit the "simple" descriptor. No spur-of-the-moment bread-making here. I'd much rather make bread the old-fashioned way (kneading) than go this route. For genuinely simple, kneading-free bread, the Five Minutes a Day series is much preferable. ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
One of several "no knead" books I've read. Not my favorite, by far. I'm not a fan of sourdough bread-I'm sure some of you are gasping ;-)-so leaving the dough in the fridge for several days is not going to give me what I want. I also didn't like that there were not photos for each recipe, and that what photos there are got put together in the center of the book. I was able to get a few tips, though, and some of the non-bread recipes look interesting, so that's why I rated it 3 stars. ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
These recipes are my go-to when I remember at bedtime that I need a loaf of bread the next day. Baggett's recipes appear overly complicated, but once the reader understands the basic process, it does not change much from recipe to recipe. She has complicated gongs by trying to show just how flexible the recipes can be for timing and convenience. ...more
Kara Thomas
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
The recipes in this book sound inviting and delicious. The first half contains "beginner" breads that are quite easy to follow. The second half is more artisan breads that I am excited to try. The one thing about this book is that you have to have time. A lot of it. If you want one of these for a meal, you have to remember and start a couple days in advance. ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I just can't get my head around the idea that making bread over two to three days is easier than a bit of kneading. The recipes I tried were good, and many others sound tempting, but the pictures are not. ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bakers
Another method of making bread from Scratch however I find it a bit time consuming to follow the steps I much prefer Artisan Bread in 5 Mintues a day
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
So far the breads taste good but look very funny and have a cake-like texture compared to regular bread.
Felicia A
Kneadless, yes, but not as simple or fuss-free as billed. That's not to say it isn't good, just not what I was looking for. ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
Best book I've found for artisan-type breads. Every recipe was a hit. ...more
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Good recipes, but I still prefer the original NY Times recipe for ease, taste and texture.
Brad Theado
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Im making Italian bread and a chocolate-honey bread right now.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great idea and seemed quite doable.
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Love this book and made bread jars to give away last year at Christmas out of this book. Tom made his and said it turned out great. My bread also turned out well! Yay made my first loaf of bread!
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Made 2 kinds for a party and they were both very good :)
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