No-Knead Seeded Overnight Bread

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
18 hrs 55 mins
1 loaf

Turn out a hearty, chewy-crusted loaf worthy of the best bakeries -- all without breaking a sweat. This no-knead, no-fuss oat and wheat bread is packed with pumpkin, flax, poppy, and sesame seeds. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 505.


  • 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour

  • 2 cups unbleached bread flour

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons quick-rising yeast

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

  • 3 tablespoons flaxseeds, preferably golden

  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds

  • 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds

  • ¼ cup honey or sugar

  • 2 ½ cups cold water

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling and for pot

  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten


  1. Stir together 3 cups whole-wheat flour, bread flour, oats, salt, yeast, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, and 2 tablespoons each flax, poppy, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Whisk honey or sugar into water in measuring cup, then stir into flour mixture. Drizzle a thin layer of oil over top of dough, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 2 hours, then let rise at room temperature 12 to 18 hours.

  2. Coat inside of a large Dutch oven or ovenproof pot with oil and sprinkle evenly with 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour. Stir dough to deflate, then quickly form into a ball and place in pot. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour and smooth into dough with your hands. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon each pumpkin, flax, poppy, and sesame seeds. Cut an X in top of dough with a sharp knife. Cover; let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 475 degrees with a rack in lower third. Lightly sprinkle top of dough with water, cover, and place in oven. Reduce oven heat to 450 degrees. Bake until browned, about 45 minutes. Remove lid; bake 15 minutes more. Let cool in pot on a wire rack 15 minutes, then turn bread out onto rack to cool completely. To store, wrap tightly in plastic and keep at room temperature up to three days.

    Jonathan Lovekin
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