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No Knead Crusty Cranberry Nut Bread

No Knead Crusty Cranberry Nut Bread
Yeasted bread has never been easier. This simple mixing method produces the most beautiful and crusty cranberry nut no knead bread with practically zero hands-on work!
Yield 1 round loaf



  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons (390g) all-purpose flour (plus more for hands)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Platinum Yeast
  • 3/4 cup (95g) chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans )
  • 3/4 cup (105g) dried cranberries (See note)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (about 95°F/35°C)


  • Stir the first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the warm water. The dough will be pretty sticky– don't be tempted to add more flour– you want a sticky dough. Gently shape into a ball as best you can. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Set on the counter at room temperature (honestly any normal room temperature is fine!) and allow to rise for 12-18 hours. The dough will double in size, stick to the sides of the bowl, and be covered in air bubbles.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using lightly floured hands, shape into a ball as best you can. Doesn't have to be perfect! Transfer dough to a large piece of parchment paper. (Large enough to fit inside your 6-qt pot, and one that is safe under high heat.)
  • Using a very sharp knife, gently score an X into the top. Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap and leave alone for 30 minutes.
  • During this 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 475°F (246°C). (Yes, very hot!) Place your dutch oven (with the lid) or heavy duty pot inside for 30 minutes so that it's extremely hot before the dough is placed inside. After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven from the oven and carefully place the dough inside by lifting it up with the parchment paper and sticking it all– the parchment paper included– inside the pot. Cover with the lid.
  • Bake for 25 minutes with the lid on. Carefully remove the lid and continue baking for 8-10 more minutes until the bread is golden brown. Remove pot from the oven, carefully remove the bread from the pot, and allow to cool on the counter for 30 minutes before breaking/slicing/serving.
  • Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Make ahead tips:
  1.  The dough takes up to 18 hours to rise, so this is a wonderful recipe to begin 1 day ahead of time.
  2. You can also bake the bread, allow it to cool, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. 
Dutch Oven: 6 quart or higher Dutch oven or any large oven-safe pot with a lid (lid is crucial– see post!). If your Dutch oven is smaller than 6 quarts, you can halve the recipe (instructions remain the same, just halve each ingredient) or make the recipe as directed in step 1. Shape the dough into 2 balls in step 2. Bake them one at a time in your smaller Dutch oven. While the 2nd dough waits, lightly cover and keep at room temperature. The bake times (25 mins and 8-10 mins) are both a little shorter for smaller loaves.
No Dutch oven? See post above for alternative.
Bread Flour or Whole Wheat Flour: I use all-purpose flour here since it’s more readily available to most bakers. However, I love baking bread with bread flour and it can definitely be substituted with no other changes needed to the recipe. You can also swap all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. The bread will have a tougher and heartier texture, as expected. To maintain a chewy and softer texture, use half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.
Cranberries: Dried cranberries (or raisins!) are best for this wet dough. I haven’t tried this bread with fresh or frozen cranberries.
Parchment Paper: If your parchment paper can only be heated to a certain temperature, bake the bread at that temperature. Bake the bread a little longer to compensate for the lower temperature.
Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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Review & Comments

Kat Stiver | Reply

I have made this bread so many ways….
Ive used summer sausage and cheese
Fruitcake fruit and cinnamon is really good
Raisin bread
Cheese bread
Ham and cheese
Its great any way
My favorite is the fruitcake bread

Debra | Reply

How much fruit and at what point in the recipe ??
I’d love to know brands of ingredients please for all of your variations tips etc . They all sound so delicious !!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Debra,

The cranberries are added in step 1 of the recipe “Stir the first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl”. The amount is 3/4 cup.

I would suggest reaching out to Sally for the ingredient brands she used.

Happy Baking!

Ted | Reply

Would it be advisable to stretch and fold the dough three or four times in the bowl during the 18 hour rising time? Say once every hour for the first 4 of 18 hours.

Thank you,


Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Ted – Yes, but it’s not necessary – the long rise time will develop the gluten. You can certainly try stretching & folding the dough a few times during the first 1-2 hours of the rise.
Happy baking!

Sharon | Reply

Can quick rise or regular yeast be used in place of platinum yeast

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sharon – Yes, substitute 1-for-1. Keep an eye on the dough as rise times may vary.
Happy baking!

Kathryn T. | Reply

4 stars
Lovely looking bread. I floured the parchment paper and handled the dough, rught. But the parchment paper stuck to the bottom of the bread! Should I grease the parchment paper next time I make it. I want to give this loaf as gifts..and paper on the bottom of it won’t do.
Thank you.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Kathryn – You could try to grease the parchment paper next time. Another suggestion – check the temperature recommendations on your parchment paper, the oven may be too hot; see notes section for tips.
Let us know if you make it again!

Fiona Davis | Reply

I have made this bread several times. I have tried making the dough in the bread machine and then by hand. For the life of me, the dough doesn’t double in size. What am I doing wrong?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Fiona – There are many factors that can affect dough rising. Our customer support would be happy to help you troubleshooot!

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