Easy Homemade Artisan Bread

by Alli

Artisan Bread is so easy to make and so, so good! The dough does have to rest a while so plan accordingly! I’ve made this bread many times and it always turns out perfectly! The crust on this bread is perfection.

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I remember the first time I made homemade bread. The kneading was my favorite part of the process. This artisan bread is even easier than the bread I made when I was in my late 20s. Where did the time go? 

I love to serve this bread warm and slathered with butter. It’s so good! 

Homemade Artisan Bread

It takes a while to make this bread. Most of that time is the time the bread takes to rise (12 hours). I mix up the dough the night before and let it rise overnight.

loaf of artisan bread on blue plate

Ingredients For Artisan Bread

You don’t need many ingredients to make this bread! You will need:

  •  3 cups all-purpose OR bread flour, more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1- 1/2 cups warm water

Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Add the warm water, and stir until blended.

The dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at least 12 hours at warm room temperature – about 70 degrees.

The dough is ready when the surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it. Sprinkle the dough with a little more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice and shape into a ball. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest while preheating the oven.

Bread Dough

Time To Bake The Artisan Bread

Heat the oven to 450ºF. Once the oven is preheated, place a large dutch oven (with the lid on) in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. This is my favorite dutch oven

Carefully remove the pot and lid. With lightly floured hands, drop the dough into the oven, being careful not to get burned. Cover with the lid and place the dutch oven back into the oven. 

Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. 

Round loaf of crusty artisan bread on blue serving platter

How To Store Homemade Artisan Bread

We rarely have any leftovers to store, but if you don’t eat all this crusty bread, store it at room temperature in a closed paper bag for 2-3 days. If you don’t have a paper bag, use a dish towel to wrap the bread in. 

Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread

Yield: 1-1/2 lb. loaf

Artisan Bread is an easy, no-fuss homemade bread that comes out perfectly every single time.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1- 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Instructions

    1. Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Add 1-1/2 cups warm water, and stir until blended. The dough will be shaggy and sticky.
    2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at least 12 hours at warm room temperature - about 70 degrees. (It can rest for up to 16 hours)
    3. The dough is ready when the surface is dotted with bubbles.
    4. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it. Sprinkle the dough with a little more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice and shape into a ball. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest while preheating the oven.
    5. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Once the oven is preheated, place a large dutch oven (with the lid on) in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
    6. Remove the pot and lid. With lightly floured hands, drop the dough into the dutch oven, being careful not to get burned. Cover with the lid and place the dutch oven back into the oven. 
    7. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on. Remove the lid and back for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. 
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 186Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1060mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 6g

 


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2 comments

Caitlin March 19, 2020 - 8:39 pm

This looks delicious! I could eat a big slice with butter right now.

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Jane Rutherford April 1, 2020 - 5:05 pm

Your a girl after my own heart with the “slather” with butter! Your Aunt Faye (you are her favorite) says to ship her a loaf…, and said to tell you that Eddie is a lucky man. We love you. YOUR favorite, aunt Jane!

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