No Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread

Homemade cranberry walnut bread with the crunchiest crust, doughy inside, and requires no kneading at all (hoorah!). A delicious bread to compliment any meal that is perfection when toasted! 

Hands holding baked bread above a white counter.

Homemade bread is the perfect baking activity, and lucky for us, it’s quite easy to do (especially when no kneading is needed). You’ll love the flavor of this sweet and nutty bread! Allowing the dough to rise for an extended period of time is key to attain that PERFECT crusty top and doughy center.

We also bake this bread in a dutch oven to trap as much heat as possible. This is where that crusty texture is developed. It’s such an easy bread recipe! So if you’re new to baking bread, this is pretty much “fool proof”.

This specific recipe was inspired by our beloved dutch oven cinnamon raisin bread that so many readers have enjoyed! We hope you love this bread just as much. <3 Carb lovers unite.

Ingredients – What You’ll Need

  • yeast: instant yeast or dry active both work in this recipe. Below we explain different steps you’ll need to take when using one or the other for homemade bread.
  • flour: I used all purpose flour for this specific recipe.
  • sugar: my favorite sugar to bake with is coconut sugar because it’s a natural unrefined sweetener. If you do not have access to this sugar you can swap for brown or white sugar.
  • cranberries: I recommend unsweetened dried cranberries.
  • walnuts: You can also swap for pecans too! But we love the crunch and thickness of walnuts better.

Let’s Make No Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread

  • activate the yeast with warm water (skip this step if using instant yeast).
  • stir in rest of ingredients until combined. Dough should be slightly sticky but not too much.
  • Don’t touch the dough too much, just roll it out from one bowl to a large greased bowl.
  • Cover with a dish towel and let dough rise for 18+ hours.
  • Use floured hands to form dough into a ball on a floured surface (try not to handle it too much). I like to tuck the peaces underneath the bottom until the top smooths out a bit.
  • Line dutch oven with parchment paper and place dough in center. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake for 10 minutes uncovered until golden brown.

Tips for Using Different Yeast

Active dry yeast: You’ll need to take different steps when baking bread with different yeasts. If you have active dry yeast on hand, you will need to activate it in water before adding flour (this step is included in the instructions).

Instant yeast: If you have instant yeast, you can skip dissolving it in water and stir it into your dry ingredients before adding water. Instant yeast has super small granules compared to active dry yeast so it does not need to be activated in water first.

Hands holding two halves of cranberry walnut bread.

Why Using a Dutch Oven is Best

A lot of no knead bread recipes use dutch ovens. Although it is not necessary, it’s an excellent way to trap heat with the bread and create a crunchy crust through high heat.

Storing & Freezing Tips

Keep leftovers fresh by storing in a ziplock bag in refrigerator and heat in oven or toast when ready to enjoy.

Freeze bread by storing in a freezer-friendly bag for up to 2 months. Remove, thaw, and reheat at 350 until warm in oven.

Slices of cranberry walnut bread.

Our Favorite Way to Serve It

This bread is beautiful served alongside any hearty meal or for soup dipping. We also love toasting it and spreading with butter and a drizzle of honey! So so good.

We hope you love this bread just as much as we do! The crust is so crispy, crunchy, with a beautiful doughy inside with all the best textures and sweet flavor.

Happy baking!

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Hands holding two halves of cranberry walnut bread.

No Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread

Homemade cranberry walnut bread with the crunchiest crust, doughy inside, and requires no kneading at all (hoorah!). A delicious bread to compliment any meal that is perfection when toasted!

Servings 12
Prep Time: 18 hrs
Cook Time: 40 mins

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Tags: cranberry walnut bread, how to make no knead bread, no knead bread
Freezer Friendly: Yes
Calories: 122 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for handling)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast (see notes)
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar (coconut sugar or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 (heaping) cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 (heaping) cup walnuts (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Activate yeast in warm water for 10 minutes (make sure water is no more than warm or the heat will kill the yeast).

  2. Add all of ingredients to yeast and water and stir together. If dough is too sticky dust a tiny bit of flour at a time.

  3. Try not to handle dough, just roll it from the bowl into another greased bowl. Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise for 18-23 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 450F. Lightly dust hands and place risen dough on floured surface. Without over-handling dough, form into ball – tuck edges underneath bottom to create a smooth top).

  5. Place dough inside dutch oven lined with parchment paper. Cover and bake for 30 minutes then uncover and bake 10 minutes. Let slightly cool before serving.

Notes

Active dry yeast: You’ll need to take different steps when baking bread with different yeasts. If you have active dry yeast on hand, you will need to activate it in water before adding flour (this step is included in the instructions).

Instant yeast: If you have instant yeast, you can skip dissolving it in water and stir it into your dry ingredients before adding water. Instant yeast has super small granules compared to active dry yeast so it does not need to be activated in water first.

Nutrition Facts
No Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122
% Daily Value*
Trans Fat 0.3g
Sodium 1.9mg0%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 2.2g2%
Protein 3.3g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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