This is my new favourite bread recipe. It’s no harder to make than a batch of cookies, it’s got every bit of the flavour of regular homemade bread, and you don’t have to exhaust yourself by kneading a great lump of bread dough.

I started out with Posie’s fabulous No-Knead Bread recipe and made a few changes to suit our family’s taste — brown sugar instead of white sugar, for example. I also switched in oat bran and ground flax seed (very heart-healthy!) for some of the white flour — so we can pig out on fresh homemade bread and not feel too guilty about it!

Oh, and sometimes I toss in a handful of grated cheddar cheese or sunflower seeds, just for variety…

Almost Posie’s No-Knead Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup oat bran
¼ cup ground flax seed
¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 packages dry yeast (or 4½ tsp if you buy your yeast in bulk)
1 cup water
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups additional flour


Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine the water, milk, and vegetable oil. Heat the liquids until warm, then mix in the egg.

Stir the liquids into the flour mixture. Beat for 3 minutes, vigorously by hand or on medium speed with a mixer, then stir in the remaining flour by hand.

Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 50 minutes, until doubled in bulk. Stir it down, then spoon into a well-greased 6″ x 9″ loaf pan.

Bake at 350°F for 30 to 40 minutes.


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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. domestika

    Delicious *and* easy!

  2. silken

    yeah, I’ve noticed you can’t sub in the whole wheat the full amount. this sounds so delicious.

  3. domestika

    Hi silken, I have been using white flour but that’s only because I’m out of whole wheat at the moment.

    Usually if a bread recipe calls for, say, 4 cups of white flour, I’ve found you can safely make up to 1 cup of that whole wheat instead. (Whole wheat flour has less gluten or something than white flour, so it radically changes the texture if you try to sub in too much.)

    My mother has been using this recipe too, the past week or so, and she throws in some wheat germ along with the other healthy-type stuff.

  4. silken

    can’t wait to try this one! did you use white or wheat flour?

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