Why Does My No-Knead Bread Turn Out Flat?

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Q: I've become completely smitten with no-knead bread recently because it's so hassle-free to make, but I'm having trouble creating round boules. Even with variations to the recipe, all my loaves seem to flatten in the oven and I'm left with a 3-inch thick disk of bread instead of a lofty boule!

Any tips on how to create lovely round no-knead loaves instead of these flat creations?

Sent by Shani

Editor: Shani, it sounds that your yeast may be too old and expired, or perhaps you're not letting the dough rest adequately after shaping and before baking. Take a look at our no-knead bread step-by-step (with pictures!) and compare your process; you may find a way to tweak it.

How To Make No-Knead Bread

Readers, have you had this problem? Do you have any suggestions for Shani?


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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.