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Sep 19, 2019

No Knead Apple Bread

This No Knead Apple Bread is filled with both fresh and dried apples, as well as apple juice instead of water. 

No knead apple bread

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This no knead apple bread is so easy to make. All you need is a little bit of patience for the long, slow rise, which is essential for developing flavor and structure in the dough.

The "no-knead bread baked in a pot" method was popularized by Mark Bittman in his New York Times column when he discovered Jim Lahey's Sullivan Street Bakery. In 2009, Jim Lahey published his own book, My Bread, filled with variations of his revolutionary bread.

All you need is flour, water, salt, just a tiny amount if yeast, and time. It's pretty much a miracle. Plus, it's so easy.

No knead apple bread with an apple slice

How to make no knead apple bread:

For this apple bread, you take the simple formula for no knead bread and replace the water with unfiltered apple juice. In addition, you add a combination of chopped fresh and dried apples to the dough.

To give this bread its distinctive look, you top it with a thin slice of apple and coat the loaf with wheat bran, wrapping it in a tea towel to rise.

Apple bread wrapped in a tea towel and rising

My apple slice got a little burned around the edges, but I'm still pretty happy with this bread's looks, and I'm totally happy with its flavor.

Finally, you bake the bread in a Dutch oven, as Lahey says, "an oven within an oven," to replicate the steam oven environment.

I used Envy Apples, one of our Apple Week sponsors, in this bread. They are crisp, sweet, and so good.

If you can't find dried apples for this bread, you can substitute dried apricots, dried cranberries, or raisins. This recipe is really flexible.

No knead apple bread with crisp apples

This no knead apple bread has a wonderful open crumb and a deeply burnished crust.

Ideas for enjoying this no knead apple bread:

  • Spread it with peanut butter
  • Toast it and spread it with butter
  • Make a grilled cheese sandwich (so amazing)
  • Make some French toast
  • Make a turkey or chicken salad sandwich (again, so amazing)

What are your ideas for enjoying this apple bread?

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No Knead Apple Bread

Yield: 10 servings
This No Knead Apple Bread is filled with both fresh and dried apples, as well as apple juice instead of water.


  • 280 grams (2 cups plus 2 tablespoons) bread flour
  • 20 grams (2 tablespoons) whole wheat flour
  • 65 grams (3/4 cup) peeled and chopped (into 1/4 inch cubes) crisp apples such as Envy
  • 65 grams (about 1 cup) dried apples, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup unfiltered apple juice or apple cider
  • Wheat bran for dusting
  • Thin apple slice for decorating the top of the loaf


How to cook No Knead Apple Bread

  1. In a medium to large bowl, mix together the first six ingredients. Add the apple juice and stir with a dough whisk, wooden spoon, or your hands until the ingredients are incorporated into a shaggy dough. This should take no longer than a minute.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 12 to 18 hours.
  3. Dust your work surface with with flour and scrape the dough out onto the flour dusted surface.
  4. Using a dough scraper and floured hands, fold the dough over itself toward the center of the dough. Flip the dough over and nudge the dough along the work surface to create tension on the bread surface.
  5. Dust a tea towel generously  with wheat bran. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a circle the size of the apple slice and place it on the towel. Place the apple slice on top of the parchment.
  6. Turn the dough over and place it, seam side up on top of the apple slice.
  7. Lightly wrap the dough with the tea towel (covering it completely) and place it into a 9 inch bowl to rise for 1 to 2 hours, until almost doubled.
  8. Heat the oven to 475 degrees F with a cast iron Dutch oven in the center rack.
  9. Carefully remove the Dutch oven from the oven and remove the lid.
  10. Fold back the tea towel and top the dough with a piece of good quality parchment paper.
  11. Top the parchment with a dinner plate, and then flip the whole thing over.
  12. Remove the towel from the dough (make sure the apple is on top and remove the parchment circle) and lift the dough with the parchment paper and place it in the Dutch oven, leaving the parchment under the dough.
  13. Cover the Dutch oven with the lid and return it to the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the pot from the oven and transfer the loaf to a sheet pan and return it to the oven.  
  14. Bake the loaf for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the interior of the bread reaches 210 degrees. 
  15. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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Along with My Bread, Jim Lahey also has since published two more amazing books, My Pizza, and the Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook. I own them all. 

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  1. You just had to sneak some bread in!!! This one looks Amazing...I'm thinking I'll take mine toasted, buttered, and covered in cinnamon sugar!!!

  2. Beautiful, and so perfect for Fall!

    in love with this one, Karen...

    1. Thanks Sally! The black-edged apple slice gives it character!

    2. It does... not sure if you've seen dried apples used as flower decorations in cakes?

      take a look at this beauty

      a dehydrator is needed (which I do not own, and refuse to buy... ;-)

    3. Wow. That is stunning! You "need" a dehydrator!

    4. please, don't do this to me.... ;-)

  3. Another absolutely gorgeous loaf! The apple on top does give it great character. I love that you used apple juice in it too. Toasted with butter sounds amazing.... or warm melty peanut butter. mmmmmmmm!

    1. Ooooh peanut butter does sound delicious with this bread! Thanks!

  4. I've been waiting for a bread recipe. I knew you wouldn't let us down. Amazing looking bread.

  5. You bring the bread, I'll bring some apple butter and we will have a grand time. I want this toasted for breakfast!

  6. This would go great with cabbage and noodles!

  7. Okay, I MIGHT actually try this recipe to bake bread. You have me convinced that I could do it! LOL. Thanks for sharing, Karen.


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