This homemade bread recipe tastes like life at 10 years old --> all delicious & nostalgia-like.

This homemade bread recipe tastes like life at 10 years old –> all delicious & nostalgia-like.

Mar 16

Are you sitting down?  This is theeeeeee best homemade bread recipe.  The. Best.  It’s a staple in our home now and it’s delish. If you try to get me to buy bread in a store, we will need to talk. The bread recipe is waaaaaay simple to make.  It only takes 4 ingredients, and it’s no-fail perfection!


You’ll absolutely freak your face.

The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

Living life in the slow lane

Baking bread just makes life feel good, doesn’t it?  Homemade bread tastes like life at 10 years old… all delicious & nostalgia-like.  It may sound strangely weird, but I find that if I have a tidy home, light some candles, bake some bread and top it off with the scent of essential oils in a room diffuser… well… everything wrong just feels right again.

I truly believe that when you quiet your mind and clear your space …. everything changes.  You think better.  You feel better.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been inspired to live an unhurried life.

It is how I Design The Life I Want To Live.  See how I just threw those words in there? LOL.

Slowing down.

Appreciating the little things in life.

 It’s where it’s at.


French Bread Recipe

{   Bake bread.  Be domestic, dammit.  }

You could lock me in a cage for forever and just throw me the recipe link.  It’s that good.  The bread is fantastic with butter. and cheese. and olives. and wine. (times three)  I want it in my face right now.

I don’t know how else to describe this homemade bread recipe other than: !!!!!OMG OMG OMG!!!!!  

You’ll lose your marbles over it.

All my feelings are right up there ^^^^  In that bowl.  It’s theeeee easiest bread to make.

Uh ohh, Houston.  We have a problem.

The problem is, I can’t afford Le Creuset for my homemade bread recipe.   I have champagne taste and a soda pop pocket book.   Somewhere around $250, I lose consciousness.  I could maybe afford this Le Creuset fridge magnet.  Oddly enough, I do happen to have one Le Creuset in my kitchen.  Maybe I stole it?  *darts head back and forth looking for the po-po*  I truly forget how I acquired it. Hello menopause.  When you have a thought, set it free… it is going to disappear anyway.

If you can find Le Creuset on sale, or if you are independently wealthy with money trees in your backyard (in which case, you should invite me to your island home) … Le Creuset is ahhhhmazing.

I linked to alternative, more affordable dutch ovens here and at the bottom of this blog post.

This one is even on sale!!!!!!  <—- hOLA !!

I don’t want you passing out from the Le Creuset price tag.  That would be awkward.  You and I passed out on the mall floor.. looking like dorks… dreaming of bread.


The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


This Homemade Bread Recipe is ahhhhh.



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ cup warm water


In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add water, stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest over night at room temperature.

Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the French oven in the oven as it preheats. Carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Now for the bad news.  If you eat too much of the french bread, you may end up with a permanent life preserver draped like a fat hula hoop around your hips.  These are my first world bread problems.

Did you know that there are 4,738,990,845,790 gazillion trillion recipes on the internet, for homemade bread ? Don’t even think about fact checking this. I think the internet is down.  It will also take you a lifetime to find the best ones.  Not that I did that.  I totally did that.

The point is, there’s only one good bread recipe. This is it.

The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton



Don’t take shortcuts.  They take too long.

{  Except this time.  I have a couple of bread making short cuts.  }



  Tea towel :  I skipped the whole wrapping it in a flour-y tea towel bit.   Rather than put the ball of dough in a couple of tea towels, I literally just put the ball of dough back in the bowl and cover the bowl with a tea towel for 2 hours.  Easy. Sneezy. Lemon. Breezy.  PS.  Flour sack tea towels are my all time fave in the kitchen!  They are soft and dreamy.  I use them everywhere! Even in the treehouse, airstream and cabin! Everywhere!



  Cast Iron :  Do not take a short cut on the cast iron dutch oven thannnng.  It needs to be  CAST IRON <— I screamed that.  Be sure to buy a pot where the lid can also be heated up in a 450 degree oven annnnnnd don’t forget that you need to heat that thing up in the stove when it is preheating for the bread. Remember.  Cast Iron.  Supes important.

Note to self: If you accidentally touch your pot without oven mitts on…. ooooooooooooouch….life is ruined.  Time to call a hot firefighter.


Dutch oven size :  I should also mention that I cheated on the dutch oven size and used one that was too big.  I already stole owned the larger sized dutch oven, so I just went with it.  My dutch oven is the size of Australia. The photo on the Le Creuset site makes the bread look massive because it is in a small dutch oven. Surprisingly not surprisingly this tricked me.  I thought my loaf was a midget, for weeks on end.   It looked like a teeny weeny polka dot bikini in my massively huge pot AKA Australia.  Duh Lynne.  I’ll just go ahead and kick myself in the shins.


  Small loaf :  All of that was the long way of saying, this recipe makes a small loaf of bread, not a massive one…. and it’s basically PERFECT.   And it’s easy to do.  And it will be the best bread you’ve ever eaten.  And it will change your life.

It’s the homemade bread recipe that solves everything ????!

The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

You’ll squeal like a tool when the bread pops outta the oven. I double dawg dare you to see how long you can wait before you want to put it in your face.


Sources:  Champagne Bronze Faucet c/o Delta Faucet Canada  | Throw pillows and white linen roman shades by Tonic Living  |  Brass wall light sconce & flush mount lights c/o Hudson Valley Lighting  | Letterfolk letter board  |   DIY concrete counter top is from Buddy Rhodes Concrete  |  Live edge coffee and end tables c/o One One Eleven Designs  |   Wooden cutting boards handcrafted in Bali Indonesia (read about our bucket list travels here)  |


Our pendant lights shown in the above photos are now discontinued. Boo, right?  I found some beautiful alternatives for you tho.  Here they are….

Also, how much bread is “too much bread?” Asking for a friend, who’s considering weight watchers.

Tell me your baking stories!

{  I need these details to thrive in life  }

What should I bake next?  <— I happy hollered that.

Brownies?  Cookies?  Banana Bread?

What is your fave recipe evarrrr????!!!!

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  1. Nicole

    March 26th, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Never mind, I’m wrong. “Generously” flouring the tea towel resulted in flour all over the counter, the floor, the oven, the pot and me. So. Much. Flour. And it burnt so the bread had a heavy bottom crust and a bitter flavour. 🙁

    What I will say is that covering the dough with saran wrap (pressed down to the top of the dough) while it does its thing overnight will prevent that weird crust from forming on it.

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    March 27th, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Hi Nicole !

    LOL… yes, I had the same experience with the floured tea towel too… that’s why I started skipping it. Now, I just put saran wrap tightly over the bowl as the bread sits over night and it works fab. Then, the next morning, I form the bread into a ball, and lightly dust it with flour and put the ball of bread dough back into the bowl. I cover the bowl again with saran wrap and let it rest for two hours. I wish I could rest for 2 hours too. haha.

    Preheat the oven to 450* (with the cast iron pot in it) and then when it’s ready, put the bread in the pot to cook. I just plunk the ball of bread outta the bowl and into the pot. Very fancy, right? ha.

    It turns out beautifully every.single.time.

    Hope that helps !!

    Lynne xx

  3. Dana

    March 28th, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    My stepmom-in-law has two! Le creusets at her rustic cabin. I have the on-sale-at-Canadian-Tire versions, which work pretty well. I’m going to make this bread tonight, instead of using up the 5 pounds of frozen bananas I found in the pantry today.

  4. Suzanne Joyce

    January 5th, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    What a find!!! I am delighted to discover your website!!! Best thing to happen to me today! You inspire me 🙂

  5. hMh

    January 23rd, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Respectfully, you do NOT need cast iron for this no knead bread recipe people!!
    You can successfully use a round Pyrex dish w it’s own lid that is easily found at Sally Ann or in Gramma’s kitchen and it will take a 450-500* oven! Have been making this exact loaf for 4 yrs. w/o fail as taught to me by a friend, and if u read all the no knead recipes on YouTube you will find that people use ANYthing they can get their hands on as long as it has a tight fitting lid to keep in steam… Plse. Let your readers know they can make it today! (Well tomorrow, after first long rise…) I have two different sizes of Pyrex and the benefit of a smaller-than-Dutch-oven size is the high rise on the bread and the ability to watch it browning w the lid on! Thanks for a beautiful site, loves it.

  6. hMh

    January 23rd, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    P.s. My Pyrex cost $6 at the local second hand store and the other two I inherited from my grandmother …so they have been in use 40+ yrs. …..just make sure it is real Pyrex and/or says Oven Safe.!

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    That’s sooooo great to know! I have been baking this bread for f o r e v e r using a cast iron pan, and thought that it was the difference for making a difference. So great to hear you can bake great bread in a pyrex dish too!

    I watched a video ages ago too about a baker who makes the bread and he said that the cast iron really held in the heat, which made for a nice crispy crust and soft bread on the inside. So that is what I’ve always done, and it works GREAT.

    I love hearing alternative ideas!


  8. hMh

    January 24th, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Mine is soft inside and crispy outside as well…Looks just like the one on the counter, I think what matters is that the lid fits well and it can withstand the heat…..cheers, love the site!

  9. Annick

    March 5th, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I made the bread!!! (Started early in the morning and just finished it now (11:02 at night)). IT LOOKS AMAZING! I want to eat the whole thing with some butter, but I will wait until morning (already ate too many cookies tonight, that will do). Seriously, I can’t believe it worked! It is beautiful, smells really good and crackles as it cools down on the counter. Perfect. My first actual bread success. I am very proud. Thanks Lynne. (P.S. I love this font, it makes you feel like everything you write is cool, like what you write!) (P.S 2 I am French and a great bread lover and connoisseur, or more aptly ”connaisseuse”, so I will let you know what I think of the taste tomorrow morning…. but it sure looks incredibly promissing.) Bonne nuit!

  10. Annick Torfs

    March 6th, 2018 at 9:22 am

    It was bliss. Not only does it look like the perfect loaf, but it also tastes incredible. Very good bread! What a discovery. Thanks Lynne.

  11. Lynne Knowlton

    April 30th, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Yayyyyy ! Woot woot! Isn’t it just the best thing ever? I’ve made about 347349384759 loaves of it and I’m so happy with it !!

    Bread Bisous LOL

    Lynne xx

  12. Lin

    March 10th, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I have this recipe on my list to make. Have you tried any other flours, like rye, whole wheat mixed with white? Yer gonna hate me…our wee island recycles stuff by leaving things on the boulevard in front of their homes. One day as I was toodling home in my golf cart, there was stuff out. Like a raven spotting a ‘sparkly’, I spotted a red pot. I backed up, jumped out and there, to my amazement was a red Le Cretot. It’s a small Le Creuset oven. It is sitting in my cupboard waiting on me to make some yummy bread. Gonna do it soon, gonna do it soon, gonna do it soon……

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    April 30th, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Ohhhh my goodness Lin.. you lucky dawg !!! Yes, I have tried it with other flours and with mixing in herbs too. I have had great luckwith light spelt flour so far (that is the only one I have tried, other than organic all purpose flour)

    I’ve also added in herbs and even cheese !! So yum !!!

  14. Nean

    April 30th, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE, lerv this bread! I make it in my cast iron Dutch oven that I rescued and fixed up for cooking again! It turns out perfect every time! Thank you for introducing g me to this amazing deliciousness! Now a glass of red!

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    April 30th, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Isn’t it so yum, Nean? To tell you the truth, I’ve messed up the recipe a million times… with my timing.. cook times etc… and you are right….. it STILL COMES OUT PERFECT every time. It is like the bread that doesn’t give up. LOL. Lynne x

  16. Yan

    March 5th, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Lynn, I’m looking for your knitted blanket directions & how to make & what to buy. I’ve made 3 of them. Somehow i can’t find anymore. Can’t remember the color & what type of wool. I get your e-mails, is it possible for you to send? I need to make one for my daughter who is getting married.
    Thank you.

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