Straightforward Artisan Bread Recipe – Tremendous Wholesome Children

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Easy Artisan Bread on a cutting board, just being sliced

 Even if you have never made bread, or have made bread and have failed – this Easy Artisan Bread recipe is for you!  This bread is soft and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The perfect side dish to soup or pasta for a dunkable delight!

How to Make Artisan Bread at Home

Artisan bread is incredibly easy to make because there are just a few ingredients and you don’t even need a stand mixer to make it.

  1. Start by adding flour, yeast and salt to a bowl.  Mix, then add water and mix until everything is incorporated.  If you are going to include add-ins you would add them now.
  2. Let it sit in the bowl for 8-20 hours, covered.  Yes – you read that right.  You can mix it up at night and then in the morning you are ready to finish it off.  After you let it sit in the bowl, turn it out onto a floured surface, or you can also put it in a floured bowl.  Cover and let it sit for 1 hour.
  3. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 degrees for 30 minutes. You will need an oven safe pot for this recipe. I like to use a ceramic dutch oven.  Place your pot in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  4. After your bread has risen for an hour and your pot has preheated for 30 minutes, carefully place your dough into the pot. Bake your bread with the lid on for 30 minutes and then remove the lid and bake for another 10-15 minutes depending on how dark you like your crust.
  5. Remove from pot and allow to cool before slicing.

Then serve!  This bread goes great with soup and salad, or also with brunch or breakfast as a side.

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 Type of Flour is best for Artisan Bread?

I have made Artisan bread with all types of flour. The three main types that I recommend using are:

  • All-Purpose: Standard all-purpose flour is a basic white flour and has mid-range of protein levels as far as flour goes, which makes it a good choice for most baked goods because it will produce enough gluten to give the light and airy texture we all look for. AP flour works well with this Artisan bread recipe and will give you the fluffy chewy bread we all love!
  • Bread Flour: This type of flour has a higher protein content than all-purpose which means it will produce more gluten and give you a lighter, more airy and chewy bread. It is definitely the ideal flour for making bread.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: Whole wheat flour can come in a variety of consistencies from extra coarse to extra fine. An extra coarse grind will give your bread a more dense whole grain texture while an extra fine grind will give the bread a smoother texture. If you use whole wheat flour in your artisan bread, it definitely won’t rise as much as when using white flour and you will end up with a much more dense loaf. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you start with that expectation. You can always try half wheat and half white flour or a combination of both.

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 incredibly versatile.  You can make it just plain which is good if you are serving with a flavorful soup.  Or you can start playing with it and use add-ins.  Some of our favorites are:

Sweet Add-Ins:  

  • cranberry+white chocolate+walnut (add 1/4 cup of each)
  • 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 each)

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 try in the comments below!

Artisan white bread baked in a cast iron dutch oven, one a cutting board waiting to be slicedTwo 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 ingredients in bowl and stir until incorporated. If you are going to use add-ins, put them in now.

  • Add the lukewarm water and stir again until ingredients are combined.

  • Cover bowl with saran wrap. Set aside and let rest for 8-10 hours or overnight.

  • After dough has rested, flour a surface.  Wet hands and pat into a ball – try to get as round as you can. Let it rise for an hour.

  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place your pot into the oven at 450 for 30 minutes

  • After the bread has risen for an hour, take your pot out of the oven and place bread in the hot pot. Bake for 30 minutes.  Take lid off and bake for another 10-15 minutes for a darker crust. Let cool before slicing and enjoy!

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g

 

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