Instant Pot Bread #15

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Learn how to make No Knead Instant Pot Bread #15 (Pressure Cooker Bread) with 4 simple ingredients! This easy bread recipe is developed based on 15 bread experiments. Easiest, foolproof method that yields tasty crusty homemade artisan bread!

I’ve always been mesmerized by the magical powers of baking since I was a kid!

It never ceases to amaze me how a few simple ingredients can transform into luring aromas & tasty baked goods out of the magical oven…

For the past 3 months, many of you have asked whether it’s possible to make bread in Instant Pot. So we took on the Breaking Bread Challenge!

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We didn’t just do it 1 or 2 times, but we did it 15 times! Yes! It wasn’t meant to match our Cheesecake #17. hehe~

There were tests where we thought it was good for a pressure cooker bread, but we think if we made a tweak, it might tastes a bit better, or rise a bit better, or get a bit fluffier…so we said YES to another full day of breadmaking. Then, day after day, we just kept going…

But why 15 times?

We wanted to…

  • Learn the ins and outs of making the easiest yet tasty Artisan Bread in Instant Pot 
  • Know what makes or breaks the Instant Pot Bread
  • Find causes for imperfections & ways to prevent the most common issues
  • Satisfy our inner perfectionists & food nerd genes 😛

Easy . Foolproof . Tasty Bread

So, yes! We’re naming this Cheesecake #17’s little sister – Instant Pot Bread #15!

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How to Bake Bread in Instant Pot?

This Instant Pot No Knead Bread is inspired by Jim Lahey, owner of Sullivan Street Bakery’s No Knead Bread Recipe.

Making bread at home might sound complicated & intimidating. But it’s actually really easy! All you need is 4 ingredients (we’ll discuss more below).

First, let’s break down the whole bread-making process in 6 simple steps.

6 Easy Steps to Make Bread in Instant Pot:

  1. Make Bread Dough
  2. Rise Dough
  3. Shape Dough
  4. Proof Dough
  5. Cook/Bake Bread
  6. Cool Bread

Sounds easy right? 😀

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The best part about this recipe is you don’t need to knead, and you don’t need any special ingredients, techniques, or fancy equipment. Plus, it’s super easy to make with minimal hands-on time, yet it yields a deliciously crusty & flavorful bread.

So, this Instant Pot Bread Recipe is great fun & rewarding, especially for beginner breadmakers!

So, don’t be intimidated by all the little details & pro tips we include in our bread recipe. They’re here to help you understand the breadmaking process and help you succeed! 🙂


Instant Pot Bread Experiment

No-Knead Bread Experiments

We did 15 bread-making experiments with varying amount of ingredients, rising/proofing/cooking times, temperatures, & methods to find the easiest, foolproof, tasty bread recipe:

  • Amount of yeast, water, salt
  • Adding sugar, baking powder
  • Separating salt & yeast
  • Types of Yeast: Active Dry Yeast vs. SAF Instant Yeast
  • Brands of Flour: Robin Hood All-Purpose Flour vs. Store brand All-Purpose Flour
  • Containers: Stainless Steel Container, Fat Daddio’s Cake Pan
  • Rising & Proofing Covers: Stainless Steel Lid, Plastic Wrap, Damp Towel
  • Rising & Proofing Temperature & Environment: Kitchen Counter, Instant Pot Yogurt Low setting, Instant Pot Sous Vide setting, Fridge
  • Rising Times: 1.5 hour – 24 hours
  • Proofing Times: 45 minutes – 25 hours
  • Cooking & Baking Methods: Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, Instant Pot Duo Crisp, Air Fryer Lid, Oven
  • Cooking & baking times
  • Cooking Locations: On Rack vs. No Rack

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oops…we got way too excited to try “Test #9 – the oven-baked version” that we forgot to take a photo of the sliced bread… 😛

Check out our 15 Bread Experiment Results:

(You can click on the photo to enlarge the charts)

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Time to bake bread in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Bread #15

Learn how to make No Knead Instant Pot Bread #15 (Pressure Cooker Bread) with 4 simple ingredients! This easy bread recipe is developed based on 15 bread experiments. Easiest, foolproof method that yields tasty crusty homemade artisan bread!
4.91 from 11 votes
Proofing Time: 1 day
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 - 8
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Make Bread Dough: In a large mixing bowl, add in 400g all-purpose flour, then 8g fine table salt. Mix them very well.
    Add in instant yeast, and mix them very well.
    *Pro Tip: If you're using Active Dry Yeast, please see recipe notes section.
    Yeast Rising Time Chart:
    Option 1 - Good Flavor (2 - 3 hrs on countertop): use 6g – 8g Instant Yeast or 7.5g – 10g Dry Active Yeast
    Option 2 - Middle Ground (2 hrs on countertop + 12 hrs in Fridge): use 4g – 6g Instant Yeast or 5g – 7.5g Dry Active Yeast
    Option 3 - Best Flavor (2 hrs on countertop + 24 hrs in Fridge): use 4g Instant Yeast or 5g Dry Active Yeast
    Push all the flour mixture to the side by creating a well in the middle. Gradually pour 300ml cold water into the well, then mix the flour until well incorporated to form a wet sticky dough.
    *Pro Tip: Make sure all the flour is mixed in. Depending on your flour, you may need another 30ml of cold water.
    Cover the dough with a lid or food wrap to retain moisture.
  • Rising Dough: Let dough rise to almost double in size for 2 hours at 75°F (24°C) to 85°F (29°C). Then, you can continue to step 3 or place it in the fridge for 12 - 24 hours.
    Option to Rising Dough in Instant Pot: If your kitchen is cooler or warmer, you can use Instant Pot Yogurt Low or Less setting (Temperate: ~72°F - 76°F) or Sous Vide function (set Temperature to 80°F). Grease the bottom of the inner pot with some oil. Add dough in Instant Pot, then cover Instant Pot with a lid. Wait & let the dough rise until it doubles in size (~2 - 3 hours).
    *Pro Tip: The temperature affects the time it takes for the dough to rise, and the rising time determines the bread's flavor. Generally speaking, the longer you let the dough rise, the more flavor it develops.
  • Shape Bread Dough (see photo): Lightly dust your work surface with some flour. Place the dough on the dusted surface.
    *Pro Tip: To prevent the dough from sticking to your hand, wet your hand with a bit of water before you fold the dough.
    Fold the bottom part of the dough up, then pull and stretch the top part of the dough and fold it down. Flip the dough over and roughly shape it into a round "ball" shape.
    Grease the bottom of a stainless steel container with some oil, then place the dough in the container. Cover the container with a lid.
  • Final Proof Bread (Optional): Let the dough rest and proof for 1 to 2 hours at 75°F (24°C) to 85°F (29°C).
    *Note: This final proofing step is recommended. You can also proof the bread in Instant Pot using "Yogurt Low or Less setting" or "Sous Vide function" (see Step 2 for instructions).
  • Pressure Cook Bread: Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water to the Instant Pot. If you’re using a closed container with no removable bottoms, place the container directly in the water.
    *Pro Tip: If you’re using a pan with a removable bottom, add a trivet and place the pan on top of it.
    Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 40 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
    *See Oven & Air Fryer Lid Instructions & Comparison Photos below
  • Uncover & Bake Bread: Soak up the water on the lid, then remove the lid. Measure the bread's temperature with a meat thermometer (core should be 180°F – 190°F).
    Option 1 - Oven Method: Place the bread container in a 450°F oven for roughly 12 - 18 minutes until the bread crust is beautifully brown.
    Option 2 - Air Frying Method: Press the “Broil” button, set the Temperature to 400°F, and Cooking Time to 20 minutes. Place the air fryer lid on the Instant Pot. It takes roughly 20 - 25 minutes + preheat time. You can open the lid to check the progress.
  • Cool & Slice Bread: Remove the bread from the container. Place the crusty bread on a wire rack and let it cool down for at least an hour before slicing into it.
    You did it!! You made artisan bread in Instant Pot! Enjoy~

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Recipe Notes:

  1. Cup Ingredient Measurements: We've included the cup measurements as a rough estimate for reference. For this bread recipe, it's best to use a kitchen scale and follow the exact measurements when possible.
  2. Instant Pot vs. Air Fryer Lid vs. Oven: we like the oven-baked bread the most (see below for instructions & comparisons); while the Instant Pot & Air Fryer Lid methods yielded similar results. 
  3. Avoid Extreme Conditions: avoid high or low temperatures when rising/proofing the dough, using super old yeast, or drastically throwing off the ingredients' balance.
  4. Yeast: Saf instant yeast is a bit more beginner-friendly for a higher success rate than active dry yeast.
  5. Activating Active Dry Yeast: we recommend activating the active dry yeast first. In a small mixing bowl, add in the active dry yeast and 2 tbsp (30ml) 110°F lukewarm water. Cover for 5 - 10 mins. When it starts foaming, it's ready to use.
  6. Salt: Too much salt can affect yeast growth, but the ratio we're using will work fine. That's why we're mixing them separately to further foolproof this recipe. 
  7. Containers: Springform pan or removable bottom cake pan is not ideal for this bread recipe, but they’ll work.
  8. Cover Container: Best to use a lid to cover your bread container. As an alternative, you can use aluminum foil to cover it.
  9. Dusting Flour: If you want a little rustic look to your bread, you can dust the dough with a little flour just before baking/cooking.
  10. Storage Tips: You can store the bread at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. You can also place the sliced bread in a Ziploc bag, then store them in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.
  11. Sticky Dough Clean Up Tips: Soak the bowls & utensils in cold water with a little bit of soap for 10 mins to make it easier to clean. Don't use hot water because it'll make it even stickier.
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Nutrition Information:

Calories: 184kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 38g (13%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 1g (2%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Sodium: 391mg (17%)Potassium: 58mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Calcium: 8mg (1%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
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Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, European
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Step by Step Guide: Instant Pot Bread #15

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4 Ingredients for Making Bread in Instant Pot:

  1. All-Purpose Flour
  2. Fine Salt
  3. Dry Yeast
  4. Water

*Pro Tip: Try to avoid using super old yeast or drastically throwing off the ingredients’ balance.

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Active Dry Yeast vs. Instant Yeast

Should I use Active Dry Yeast or Instant Yeast?

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We tried both Active Dry Yeast & Instant Yeast and both worked. However, we found Saf instant yeast to be a bit more beginner-friendly for a higher success rate.

So if you haven’t bought the yeast yet, buy Instant Yeast. Otherwise, active dry yeast will work fine.

Do I need to activate the Active Dry Yeast first?

Technically, you can add active dry yeast directly to the flour. However, for a 100% success rate, we recommend activating the active dry yeast with 110°F lukewarm water first. 

In a small mixing bowl, add in the active dry yeast and 2 tablespoons (30ml) 110°F lukewarm water. Cover for 5 – 10 minutes. When it starts foaming, it is ready to be added to the dough.

1

Make Bread Dough


In a large mixing bowl, add in 400g all-purpose flour, then 8g fine salt or table salt. Mix them very well.

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Add in instant yeast, and make sure to mix them very well.

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*Pro Tip: If you’re using active dry yeast, please see the yeast section above.

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*Note: Be careful not to add too much salt because it can affect yeast growth. The ratios we’re using will work fine, but we’re mixing them separately just to further foolproof this easy bread recipe. 

The best way to make the bread dough is to push all the flour mixture to the side by creating a well in the middle.

Gradually pour 300ml cold water into the middle well, then mix the flour until blended to form a wet sticky dough.

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*Pro Tip: Make sure all the flour is mixed in. Depending on your flour, you may need another 30ml of cold water. However, be careful not to add too much additional water.

Finally, it’s important to cover the dough with a lid or food wrap to retain moisture. If you don’t have those, cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel.

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2

Rising Dough


The optimum temperature for yeast to grow is 75°F (24°C) to 85°F (29°C)

Your goal is to let the dough rise to double in size.

*Note: This rising process takes roughly 2 – 3 hours at 75°F to 85°F or 24 hours in a 37° F (3°C) fridge. 

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*Pro Tip: The temperature affects the time it takes for the dough to rise, and the rising time determines the bread’s flavor. Generally speaking, the longer you let the dough rise, the more flavor it develops.

Choose between the three rising dough methods (click tabs):

Let the dough rise to double in size for 2 – 3 hours at 75°F to 85°F.

Let the dough rise to almost double in size for 1.5 – 2 hours at 75°F to 85°F. Then, place in the fridge for 8 – 12 hours. 

Let the dough rise to almost double in size for 1.5 – 2 hours at 75°F to 85°F. Then, place it in the fridge for 24 hours. 

Rising dough in Instant Pot

Our Test Kitchen was 75°F, so it was perfect for rising dough.

But if your kitchen is cooler (especially during winter) or warmer, you can use the Instant Pot Yogurt Low/Less setting. The temperate is roughly 72°F – 76°F.

*Tips for Instant Pot Duo Evo or Ultra models: you can use the Sous Vide function and set the custom temperature to 80°F.

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First, grease the bottom of the inner pot with some oil.

*Note: you can use non-stick cooking spray if you like.

Add the bread dough in Instant Pot, then cover the Instant Pot with a lid or damped kitchen towel.

Wait & let the dough rise until it doubles in size (roughly 2 – 3 hours). 

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*Pro Tip: Try to avoid extreme conditions for rising dough such as high or low temperatures. 

3

Shape Bread Dough


First, lightly dust your work surface with some flour (just enough so the dough won’t stick to the surface).

With the help of a silicone spatula or bowl scraper, place the dough on the dusted surface.

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*Pro Tip: To avoid the dough from sticking to your hand, wet your hand with a bit of water before you fold the dough.

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Fold the bottom part of the dough up, then pull and stretch the top part of the dough and fold it down.

Flip the dough over and roughly shape it into a round “ball” shape. 

Grease the bottom of a stainless steel container or cake pan with some oil, then place the round dough in the container.

*Note: If you grease the bread container, you don’t need to use parchment paper.

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Cover the container with a lid. Alternatively, you can use aluminum foil to cover the container.

*Pro Tip: Springform pan or removable bottom cake pan is not ideal for this easy bread recipe, but they’ll work.

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4

Optional – Final Proof Bread


*Note: This final proofing step is recommended. We proofed our bread on our kitchen counter at 75°F. But you can proof the bread in Instant Pot using “Yogurt Low or Less setting” or “Sous Vide function” (see Step 2 for more info).

Let the bread dough rest and proof for 1 to 2 hours at 75°F to 85°F.

*Pro Tip: If you like, you can dust the bread dough with a little flour just before baking/cooking.

5

Pressure Cook Bread


Instant Pot vs. Air Fryer Lid vs. Oven Methods

We’re sharing all three methods on how to bake bread in the Instant Pot, Oven, and Air Fryer. This way, you can choose your favorite method! 🙂

*Pro Tip: Out of these three methods, we like the oven-baked bread the most (better texture – fluffier and better crust all around). The Instant Pot and Air Fryer Lid methods yielded similar results. 

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Choose between the 3 different cooking/baking methods (click tabs):

Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water to the Instant Pot.

If you’re using a closed container with no removable bottoms, place the container directly in the water.

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*Pro Tip: If you’re using a springform pan or cake pan with a removable bottom, add a trivet and place the pan on top of it.

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  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 40 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. 

After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

First, preheat the oven to 450°F.

If you’re using a cast iron dutch oven, warm it up with the lid in the middle rack of the preheating oven for roughly 30 minutes.

*Note: If you’re using a stainless steel dutch oven, you don’t need to preheat the pot.

Then, place the shaped dough in your dutch oven, and cover it with the lid.

Lastly, place the covered pot on an oven tray in the middle rack of a 450°F oven.

Bake the bread for 35 – 40 minutes with the lid on.

Then, remove the lid and bake for roughly 12 – 18 minutes until the bread crust is beautifully brown.

*Note: You can skip Step 6 below.

*Note: You don’t have to use any water.

Place covered cake pan on a trivet in Instant Pot.

Press the “Air Fry” button, set the temperature to 400°F and cooking time to 45 minutes.

*Pro Tip: You can open the lid to check the progress near the end.

*Note: You can skip Step 6 below.

6

Uncover & Bake Instant Pot Bread


Soak up some of the water on the lid, then remove the lid.

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Measure the bread’s temperature with a meat thermometer.

*Note: The core of the bread should be 180°F – 190°F.

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Choose between the 2 different baking methods (click tabs):

Place the air fryer lid on the Instant Pot

  • Air Frying Method: Press the “Broil” button, set the Temperature to 400°F, and Cooking Time to 20 minutes.

*Pro Tip: It will take roughly 20 – 25 minutes + preheat time. You can open the lid to check the progress.

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Place the bread container in a 450°F oven for roughly 12 – 18 minutes until the bread crust is beautifully brown.

7

Cool & Slice Instant Pot Bread #15


Finally, remove the bread from the container.

It smells sooo good~ 😀

*Note: Be careful, the container will be piping hot!

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Place the crusty bread on a wire rack and let it cool down for at least an hour before slicing into it.

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Ta da! You did it!! You made artisan bread in Instant Pot!

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Enjoy this tasty Instant Pot No Knead Bread! 

Tips for Making Bread

How to Store Homemade Bread?

You can store the Instant Pot Bread at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. You can also place the leftover sliced bread in a Ziploc bag, then store them in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.

How to Clean Up Sticky Dough?

Soak the bowls & utensils in cold water with a little bit of soap for 10 mins to make it easier to clean. Don't use hot water because it'll make it even stickier.

 


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