No Knead Cranberry Nut Bread

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio and I chatted about yeast. For thousands of years, folks have incorporated yeast in making breads and drinks. Wild yeast still abounds today in nature on plants, fruits, etc. However, when we think of yeast we think of the dry packets of this actual living organism, which comes to life when it’s proofed in liquid.

Here’s a recipe for no knead bread. Like an Artisan loaf you’d buy. Easy to make too!

Matthew 13:33 – “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until the yeast permeated all the dough.”


So simple —  mix flour, nuts, cranberries, salt and yeast in a bowl, then add warm water and honey. No kneading. Let rise for up to a day (that’s where time comes in), and you’re ready to bake. This beautiful rustic bread begs for a smear of butter, a drizzle of honey or whipped goat cheese. 


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup walnuts, chopped coarsely

3/4 cup dried cranberries 

2 teaspoons salt 

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast 

1-1/2 cups warm water

2 tablespoons honey


In large bowl, whisk together flour, nuts, cranberries, salt and yeast. Make well in center.

Mix water and honey, pour into well and stir until shaggy dough forms. 

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place 12-24 hours. Mine proofed for 14 hours. Dough doubles with bubbles pushing through.

When ready to bake, put oven safe Dutch oven with lid (5-7 quart) into oven. Preheat to 450 degrees. 

While oven preheats, pour dough onto floured surface.
Fold sides into center to form as smooth of a ball as you can. Dough is sticky. Work quickly with floured fingers so you don’t deflate. Do not knead.

Put dough onto doubled piece of parchment.

Cut an “X”  in top to produce an Artisan look.

When oven is ready, pot and lid are very hot. Carefully remove lid with mitts. Using parchment as a sling, put dough into Dutch oven. Put lid on to develop steam.

Bake 20 minutes. Bread may look pale. Remove lid with mitts and bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown and internal temperature is 200 or so degrees.

Remove bread, peel off parchment. (Parchment may be a bit scorched). 

Place on rack and cool 20  minutes.

No Dutch oven? 

When preheating oven, place cake pan on bottom rack. Fill with very hot water. This makes steam to form a crusty bread. 

Place parchment with dough on baking pan. Bake 30-35 minutes on center rack until bread is golden brown and internal temperature is 200 or so degrees. This bakes up darker than Dutch oven bread. 

Change it up!

Use any dried fruit and/or nuts.

Keeps at room temperature, covered, 3 days. In refrigerator, up to a week and in freezer, up to 3 months.

One thought on “No Knead Cranberry Nut Bread

  1. Another great “yeast” bread for me while I’m baking breads with training wheels! I heard you talking to Matt on the radio about this one an HAD to try it! This was so easy to mix up and bake! It’s a delicious bread for breakfast. It has almost a sourdough essence to the flavor. Thank you for sharing this!


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