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No Knead Skillet Cheese Bread Recipe

With the flavor of cheese, and herbs and the texture of a rustic loaf baked in a heavy pan, our recipe No Knead Skillet Cheese Bread is an easy way to get into the world of baking homemade bread. The recipe is easy to follow and requires no special equipment.

Freshly baked skillet cheese bread

Many people are intimidated by the thought of making homemade bread. After all, the steps seem complicated and time-consuming and using yeast sounds really hard! Baking bread, however, shouldn’t be something that induces fear.

After all, people have been baking bread for centuries, even before the advent of commercially produced yeasts and electric ovens. This is something that anyone, even the kitchen novice, can handle. If you are nervous about baking bread, one good style to start with is a no knead kind of bread.

Freshly baked skillet cheese bread

No Knead Skillet Cheese Bread Recipe

April Freeman
There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in your oven. Unless it is eating that same bread! If you haven’t yet dipped a toe into the current "no knead" bread baking trend, this recipe for No Knead Skillet Cheese Bread is a perfect way to start. It is crusty, cheese, and delicately flavored. Best of all, you don’t have to spend time kneading this bread. Just stir it up, let it rise two times, and then bake it. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Pan
  • Skillet
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Clean tea towel
  • Very sharp knife or a razor blade
  • Spatula
  • Cooling rack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 package of dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the warm water and the yeast.
  • Add 1 cup of the flour and the salt to the yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until fully combined.
    Dough In A Bowl
  • Add the onion powder, garlic powder, and the cheese, stirring well. 
  • Add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on the counter in a warm spot for about an hour. 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of your olive oil to an 8 inch cast iron skillet.
    Dough With Olive Oil
  • Holding the pan by the handle, rotate it so that you coat the bottom and sides of the pan with the oil.
  • After the initial rise time, dust your hands with a light coating of flour and use your hands to transfer the dough to the oiled skillet.
  • Pat the dough into a disk and cover the pan with a clean tea towel.
  • Put the pan in a warm place and let it rest and rise for half an hour. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Using the remaining tablespoon of oil, drizzle the surface of the dough all over with oil.
  • Next, sprinkle the coarse salt and the parsley over the surface of the bread dough.
  • Use a very sharp knife or a razor blade, score the top of the dough with two slashes, criss-crossing one another.
  • Bake the bread for 30 minutes or until the top of the loaf is golden brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and use a spatula to release it on the sides.
    Freshly baked cheese bread
  • Turn the loaf out onto a cooling rack. Let the bread cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing it. 
  • You can serve the bread warm, or you can eat it at room temperature as well.
  • Wrap leftovers tightly in aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

No knead bread doesn’t rely on kneading to develop gluten in the dough. Gluten is the stretchy proteins in a loaf of bread that capture gas bubbles and make the bread rise. In traditionally made bread, the kneading process develops the gluten so that the bread rises well. In no knead bread, the rising time helps the gluten develop. Typically, a no knead loaf is made of a very sticky, wet dough. 
The steps for making no knead bread are simple. Throw the ingredients in a bowl, stir them together and let them rise. Put the risen dough in the pan and let it rise again. Bake the bread and you are done. 
One thing that is great about our loaf of bread is that it is created in a skillet. The heavy weight of the skillet allows the bread to develop a delicious, golden brown crust while it is baked. This loaf of bread is as gorgeous to display as it is tasty to eat. If you are considering trying to bake homemade bread for your family, this should be one of the first recipes that you try.
The cheesy goodness of our No Knead Skillet Cheese Bread will quickly become a favorite for your family. In fact, this recipe is so easy that your kids can learn to bake it for the family.  Slice the bread with a long serrated knife while it is still warm for a great bread to serve with dinner. Any bread that is left over long enough to go stale can be cut into cubes and toasted for the best croutons you have ever eaten in your life! Toss these croutons on top of a platter of fresh salad or throw them into a bowl of hot soup. Either way, they are amazing.
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