No Knead, No Rise Cinnamon Pecan Bread

The blog’s been a little baked goods heavy lately.  I’d say I’m sorry about that… but really I’m not.  I love baking and I love eating baked goodies.  Maybe I wish I loved them a little less, but nope.  Yum, yum, yum.


I’ve probably very pretentiously mentioned a few dozen times that I like making bread and I make almost all of the bread we eat.  I have a bread maker that I was using weekly for a while, but it’s hard to lug that out, so it’s been used less frequently.  I’m definitely not Martha Stewart – I’m a real person with a job and hobbies who likes sleeping and playing with her cats.  My secret has been this loaf of quick and easy whole wheat bread.  No kneading, no rising.  Nothing.  While some people have actually thrown this in a bread maker and let it go through it’s cycle, I don’t have that kind of time.  Mix it up real quick, throw it in a pan, start nomming in an hour.  With bread this easy, no one really has an excuse for buying there’s at the store!


I obviously don’t always make it as I originally wrote.  A woman can only eat so many flax and sesame seeds before she goes insane.  A little cinnamon and brown sugar makes this recipe perfect for breakfast, dessert, or some epic PB&Js.  Or slice it super thick and top with marscapone, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of salt.  I won’t judge you.

No Knead, No Rise Cinnamon Pecan Bread
Serves: 14

  • 4 ½ c white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp chocolate balsamic vinegar (regular or any sweet flavor will work)
  • 2 ½ c water, warm to the touch (not hot)
  • ⅓ c brown sugar
  • ⅓ c pecans
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  1. Prepare a bread/loaf pan by lining with parchment paper or spritzing with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and sugar. Make a small well in the center and add yeast to the well.
  3. Mix vinegar and water. Pour into the well of the flour mixture. Stir until well combined. The dough will be sticky. No need to knead. No need to rise.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  5. Spoon a few dollops of dough into the loaf pan until the bottom is mostly covered. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon mixture. Add a few more dollops of dough, and top again – repeat until all dough as been used. Top with any remaining cinnamon mixture and gently press into the top of the loaf with your hands.
  6. Place loaf pan into a cold oven. Set oven to 350° F (Yes! You will preheat the oven with the bread inside). Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool and slice.

I have pretty small veins of cinnamon mixture in my pictured loaf – feel free to double the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon if you want thicker, stickier cinnamon veins.
This bread will have a texture somewhere between a quick bread and a traditional yeast bread as written from the addition of the cinnamon layers.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 170 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 5g Protein: 6g


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    Joanne Aug 17, 2013

    You should never be sorry for baked goods that look THIS delicious!!

    Laura Aug 16, 2013

    Ooo this bread looks great and so versatile! Maybe even throw some Nutella on there!

      Kelly Aug 17, 2013

      Yesssss. Always yes to Nutella.

    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry Aug 16, 2013

    Since I have stopped buying bread at the grocery store, I love searching for new recipes like this one. It sounds fabulous.

    Brigita Aug 16, 2013

    I have been thinking of making bread lately plus there are so many easy recipes out there, just like this one. Will add it to my to do list. 🙂


    jaclyn Aug 16, 2013

    Cinnamon and pecan…perfect. The way you smeared it with the marscapone and honey looks amazing!

    Em @ Love A Latte Aug 16, 2013

    That’s so cool that you make your own bread! I’ve made banana and pumpkin bread before but never a bread that I would use for say sandwiches. This one looks tasty! 🙂

      Kelly Aug 16, 2013

      There’s something really satisying about it. House smells amazing, you can add exactly what you want to it… it’s really just perfect! It only takes a few minutes to mix together, so if I’m going to be home for an hour, it’s not really much extra effort — you should try it sometime!

    cookingactress Aug 16, 2013

    I love homemade bread and cinnamon bread is a def. favorite! This looks SO tasty!