Even if in case you have by no means made bread, or have made bread and have failed – this Simple Artisan Bread recipe is for you!  This bread is tender and fluffy on the within and crunchy on the surface. The proper aspect dish to soup or pasta for a dunkable delight!

Tips on how to Make Artisan Bread at Dwelling

Artisan bread is extremely straightforward to make as a result of there are only a few elements and also you don’t even want a stand mixer to make it.

  1. Begin by including flour, yeast and salt to a bowl.  Combine, then add water and blend till every part is integrated.  If you’re going to embody add-ins you’d add them now.
  2. Let it sit within the bowl for 8-20 hours, coated.  Sure – you learn that proper.  You possibly can combine it up at night time after which within the morning you’re prepared to complete it off.  After you let it sit within the bowl, flip it out onto a floured floor, or you can even put it in a floured bowl.  Cowl and let it sit for 1 hour.
  3. Within the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 levels for half-hour. You will want an oven protected pot for this recipe. I like to make use of a ceramic dutch oven.  Place your pot within the preheated oven for half-hour.
  4. After your bread has risen for an hour and your pot has preheated for half-hour, rigorously place your dough into the pot. Bake your bread with the lid on for half-hour after which take away the lid and bake for an additional 10-Quarter-hour relying on how darkish you want your crust.
  5. Take away from pot and permit to chill earlier than slicing.

Then serve!  This bread goes nice with soup and salad, or additionally with brunch or breakfast as a aspect.

Easy Artisan bread baked in a cast iron dutch oven, just out of the oven, placed on a slate countertop with a kitchen towel waiting to cool

What Kind of Flour is finest for Artisan Bread?

I have made Artisan bread with all forms of flour. The three most important sorts that I suggest utilizing are:

  • All-Goal: Normal all-purpose flour is a primary white flour and has mid-range of protein ranges so far as flour goes, which makes it a sensible choice for many baked items as a result of it is going to produce sufficient gluten to provide the sunshine and ethereal texture all of us search for. AP flour works nicely with this Artisan bread recipe and offers you the fluffy chewy bread all of us love!
  • Bread Flour: Such a flour has the next protein content material than all-purpose which implies it is going to produce extra gluten and offer you a lighter, extra ethereal and chewy bread. It’s undoubtedly the perfect flour for making bread.
  • Entire Wheat Flour: Entire wheat flour can are available quite a lot of consistencies from additional coarse to additional positive. An additional coarse grind will give your bread a extra dense entire grain texture whereas an additional positive grind will give the bread a smoother texture. In the event you use entire wheat flour in your artisan bread, it undoubtedly gained’t rise as a lot as when utilizing white flour and you’ll find yourself with a way more dense loaf. This isn’t essentially a nasty factor, should you begin with that expectation. You possibly can at all times strive half wheat and half white flour or a mix of each.
Two loaves of rustic round loaves of artisan bread on cooling racks

What Variations of Artisan Bread Can I Make?

This artisan bread recipe is extremely versatile.  You may make it simply plain which is nice if you’re serving with a flavorful soup.  Or you can begin taking part in with it and use add-ins.  A few of our favorites are:

Candy Add-Ins:  

  • cranberry+white chocolate+walnut (add 1/4 cup of every)
  • cranberry + cinnamon (1/4 cup cranberries + 2 tsp cinnamon)
  • cinnamon + raisin ( 2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 cup raisins) 
  • white chocolate + pecan ( 1/4 cup of every)

Savory Add-Ins:

  • rosemary (1 tbsp dried rosemary)
  • jalapeno cheddar (1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos + 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese)
  • garlic parmesan (6 cloves minced garlic + 1/3 cup shredded parmesan)
  • sundried tomato + oregano + feta (1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes + 2 tsp dried oregano + 1/4 cup crumbled feta)

Let me know what variations you strive within the feedback beneath!

Artisan white bread baked in a cast iron dutch oven, one a cutting board waiting to be sliced
Two loaves of rustic round loaves of artisan bread on cooling racks
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • Put first 3 elements in bowl and stir till integrated. If you’re going to use add-ins, put them in now.

  • Add the lukewarm water and stir once more till elements are mixed.

  • Cowl bowl with saran wrap. Put aside and let relaxation for 8-10 hours or in a single day.

  • After dough has rested, flour a floor.  Moist palms and pat right into a ball – attempt to get as spherical as you’ll be able to. Let it rise for an hour.

  • In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 levels F. Place your pot into the oven at 450 for half-hour

  • After the bread has risen for an hour, take your pot out of the oven and place bread within the sizzling pot. Bake for half-hour.  Take lid off and bake for an additional 10-Quarter-hour for a darker crust. Let cool earlier than slicing and luxuriate in!

Energy: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fats: 1g | Sodium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g