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4.67 from 18 votes

No-Knead Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread

Simple no-knead bread with dried cranberries, orange zest, and pecans. Baked in a preheated pot for an artisan crisp crust.

Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword artisan bread, No-knead bread, no-knead cranberry orange pecan bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
rise time for dough 1 day 18 hours
Total Time 1 day 18 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 240 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour unbleached
  • 1 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp yeast instant or rapid-rise peferred
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp orange zest zest from one orange
  • 1 1/2 cups water cool


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, yeast and orange zest.  Whisk together.  Add dried cranberries and almonds, stir. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great.

  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.

  4. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

Recipe Notes

  • The dough is sticky.  VERY sticky so prepare yourself.  It will stick to your hands.  Heavily flour whatever surface you are using.  I use a dough scraper to scrape the dough out of the bowl and I use it for shaping the loaf.
  • Once you remove the dough from the bowl you are going to be tempted to knead the dough…DON’T!!  Remember this is “NO-knead” dough.  If you start fussing with the dough too much, you will remove all the large air bubbles that have been forming for the past several hours.  RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO KNEAD.
  • Make sure the vessel in which you are baking your bread in can take the heat. If the manufacturer says not to heat the pan over 425 degrees then DON'T.
  • I have received many questions asking if the pots need to be greased or oiled?  The answer is an absolute NO!  The pan is so hot that the grease or oil would smoke.  If you really feel the need to do something you can sprinkle the bottom with a little cornmeal.
  • I love the parchment option. However!  Not all parchment is created equal.  Look for parchment with a silicone coating.  I have had parchment stick to the bread before.  I had to cut off the bottom crust and toss it.
  • YES, the parchment can bake right along with the bread.  I haven’t started a fire yet…yet.
Nutrition Facts
No-Knead Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 large slice)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 513mg21%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.