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A loaf of 4 ingredient bread, sliced and resting on a cooling rack
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5 from 3 votes

Easy 4 Ingredient Bread

This easy bread recipe only takes 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of hands on time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Bread
Keyword: Bread
Servings: 16 slices


  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 cups Warm Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  • In a medium bowl, stir together all four ingredients. Mixture will look shaggy and a bit dry. If it seems wet, add a little more flour.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature to rest for anywhere between 8 and 24 hours. Dough will get much wetter and will be full of small bubbles.
  • Generously flour a cutting board. Gently tip the dough onto the cutting board, using a spatula to scrape it all out of the bowl.
  • Dough will be very soft and wet. Using floured hands, quickly grab the top and bottom edges of the dough and pinch them together in the middle, forming a loaf shape. You can see how to do this in the instructional video.
  • Spray or grease a loaf pan. Pick up the cutting board and dust off excess flour, then tip the board gently to allow dough to fall into the loaf pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Use a sharp knife to make one long slice across the top of the dough. Bake for 50-55 minutes until top is deep golden brown and loaf sounds very hollow when tapped.
  • Remove bread from pan and cool at least 15-20 minutes before slicing with a very sharp serrated knife.