Even when 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 gentle and fluffy on the within and crunchy on the surface. The right aspect dish to soup or pasta for a dunkable delight!

Make Artisan Bread at Dwelling

Artisan bread is extremely straightforward to make as a result of there are only a few substances 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 little thing is integrated.  If you’ll embody add-ins you’ll add them now.
  2. Let it sit within the bowl for 8-20 hours, coated.  Sure – you learn that proper.  You’ll be able to 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 too 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 have 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, fastidiously 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 greatest for Artisan Bread?

I have made Artisan bread with all varieties of flour. The three primary sorts that I suggest utilizing are:

  • All-Goal: Commonplace all-purpose flour is a fundamental white flour and has mid-range of protein ranges so far as flour goes, which makes it a good selection for many baked items as a result of it can produce sufficient gluten to offer the sunshine and ethereal texture all of us search for. AP flour works properly with this Artisan bread recipe and offers you the fluffy chewy bread all of us love!
  • Bread Flour: This sort of flour has a better protein content material than all-purpose which implies it can produce extra gluten and offer you a lighter, extra ethereal and chewy bread. It’s undoubtedly the best flour for making bread.
  • Complete Wheat Flour: Complete wheat flour can are available a wide range of consistencies from additional coarse to additional high quality. An additional coarse grind will give your bread a extra dense entire grain texture whereas an additional high quality grind will give the bread a smoother texture. Should 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 foul factor, in case you begin with that expectation. You’ll be able to at all times attempt half wheat and half white flour or a mixture 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 can also 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 attempt within the feedback under!

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 substances in bowl and stir till integrated. If you’ll use add-ins, put them in now.

  • Add the lukewarm water and stir once more till substances 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 arms and pat right into a ball – attempt to get as spherical as you may. 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