This Instant Pot Bread recipe is a foolproof no knead bread recipe that even the kids can help make!
Instant Pot Bread Recipe
I love figuring out ways to cook nearly everything in my Instant Pot.
After figuring out how to bake a cake in an Instant Pot, I figured it wouldn’t be a far stretch to learn how to bake bread in an Instant Pot!
I used my standard no knead bread recipe to make a delicious no knead bread. This bread had the perfect texture and is so easy to customize by mixing in some herbs, cheese, or even some raisins and cinnamon! It’s also super easy to make and would be great for letting the kids help out in the kitchen.
Now, because cooking in an instant pot is “pressure cooking” and essentially the bread is steam cooked, this recipe doesn’t naturally create a crunchy bread crust.
Some people may like that texture, but if you’re not one of them, you can simply “toast” the bread by popping it in the oven for 5 minutes after it has finished cooking in the Instant Pot. That will create a perfect golden crust in no time.
(This is what the bread looks like if you don’t do the optional oven step:)
Now that I’ve figured out the perfect instant pot bread recipe, I will definitely be playing around a bit with it to make some fun variations.
Let me know if you come up with any fun variations on our Instant Pot Bread recipe!
Using an Instant Pot to Proof Bread Dough: There are so many things to love about this recipe (no-knead, no oven, etc) but one overlooked aspect might be that we’re proofing our dough in just two hours by using the Instant Pot as a “dough proofer” – something you usually only see in commercial bakeries!
By creating a warm, humid setting for the dough, we are allowing the yeast to produce carbon dioxide gas which causes gluten to stretch and create air pockets. This raises the dough and gives it that light, chewy texture.
You can use this instant pot bread proofing technique to proof any bread recipe, even those you plan on cooking in the oven. It’s a great way to accelerate the proofing process in a controlled environment.
Instant Pot Bread Ingredients
1 cup warm water
1 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1/2 Tablespoons salt
2 1/4 cups flour
Tip: add in seasonings if you want to switch things up: garlic and herb bread, Greek bread, cheese bread, etc.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden spoon
- Instant Pot
How to Make Bread in an Instant Pot
Line and grease a 6-8″ cake pan that can fit easily inside your instant pot.
Place the trivet in your IP and add 1 cup water.
In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast and salt.
Let the yeast proof for about 3 minutes, then start adding in the flour.
This is a no-knead recipe, so just mix the dough by hand until no dry patches appear.
Fold the dough out into the prepared cake pan
Place the cake pan in the IP and place the lid on top (do not need to secure).
Select the “keep warm setting” and let the dough rise for 2 hours.
After the dough has doubled, you can refrigerate or continue baking.
Secure the lid and select manual for 45 minutes.
If desired, toast the bread under the broiler of your oven for 5 minutes to achieve a nice browned look.
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This instant pot bread is an easy way to enjoy homemade bread without spending hours kneading dough or watching the oven.