Instant Pot Whole Wheat Cranberry Pecan No Knead Crusty Bread

Cranberry pecan crusty bread cut into wedges on a wooden board

This bread is crusty on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside, with the perfect amount of sweetness from the cranberries and crunch from the pecans.



  • 2 1/4 cups (or 9 oz) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (or 4.25 ounces) white flour
  • 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature water
  • 1/2 cup pecans, mix of chopped and whole
  • 1/2 cup cranberries


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together wheat flour, white flour, wheat gluten, salt, and yeast.  Add the water and with your hands, mix until the majority of the flour is incorporated, but the dough is still a slightly shaggy looking ball.  If the dough is still quite wet and sticky, sprinkle an extra tablespoon or 2 of flour on top and gently fold it in.  You want the dough to be tacky, but not so wet and sticky that it coats your hands when your working the flour in.
  2. Place on top of a piece of parchment paper and put inside the Instant Pot liner.
  3. Secure the lid.  Press yogurt, then adjust until the screen reads 24:00 low.  Adjust time to 4:30 and wait for the beep to indicate the cycle has started.
  4. After 4 hours the dough will have puffed up a bit and have small bubbles on top.  Grab the sides of the parchment to lift the dough out of the pot.
  5. Pat the dough into a square/rectangular shape.  Sprinkle the cranberries and pecans all over the surface.  Pull the edges of the dough over the cranberries and pecans, tucking and folding until the ad-ins are mostly incorporated into the dough.  Note: The dough will be quite sticky.  Just scrape it from the parchment with your finger tips and fold it towards the center of the dough until you form a ball.   Place back in the center of the parchment paper and again put inside the pot.  Secure the lid.
  6. Place a 6 – 8 quart cast iron pot inside the oven with the lid on.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  7. After 30 minutes, the oven should be preheated and the dough will be slightly risen.  Remove the pot from the oven and place the lid to the side.
  8. Holding on to the sides of the parchment, carefully lift dough from the pot and place inside the cast iron pot (parchment paper and all).  Place lid on top and put inside the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, remove the lid of the ceramic pot and allow the bread to cook 10 -15 minutes longer until the bread is nicely browned.
  10. Remove from the oven, hold the corners of the parchment paper and place bread on top of a cooling rack.
  11. Technically it’s best to let it cool slightly so it doesn’t smash while its hot, but if you lack self control like myself, grab a sharp knife and start cutting uneven chunks of bread.  Slather with butter and go to your happy place ????


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