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Easy Artisan Bread

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There is a store near us that sells the best artisan bread.  Our favorite is their cherry white chocolate pecan.  It is seriously addicting and if you were alone and hungry, you could definitely take down the whole loaf yourself.  I have always loved bread.  Through most of my college years I worked at Great Harvest making bread.  I’m pretty sure I gained the freshmen 15 working there and eating all that yummy bread.  It was totally worth it.  Recently my mom has been experimenting with Artisan bread and has come up with a recipe that is no-fail.  The best part about it is that hands on time is about 15 minutes.  The rest just takes care of itself.  Even if you have never made bread, or have made bread and have failed – this bread recipe is for you!  You really can’t mess it up and people will think you have been making bread your whole life!

 

 

This bread 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.  Our favorites have been:  cranberry/white chocolate/pecan; cranberry cinnamon, rosemary and cinnamon raisin.  We don’t really use measurements for the add-ins.  Just throw in whatever feels right.  

You 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.

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. 

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 degrees for 30 minutes. You will need an oven safe pot for this recipe.  Place your pot in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.  

After your bread has risen for an hour and your pot has preheated for 30 minutes, carefully place your dough into the pot.  

Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and bake for another 10-15 with the lid off or until the bread is golden on top. 

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

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

 

  1. Put first 3 ingredients in bowl and stir until incorporated.  
  2. If you are going to use add-ins, put them in now.  
  3. Add the lukewarm water and stir again until ingredients are combined. 
  4. Cover bowl with saran wrap. Set aside and let rest for 8-10 hours. 
  5. 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.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  7. Place your pot into the oven at 450 for 30 minutes.  
  8. After the bread has risen for an hour, take your pot out of the oven and place bread in the hot pot. 
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.  Take lid off and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  
  10. Let cool before slicing. 

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74 Comments

Ooo-la-la. I’m very excited about this. I’ve been wanted to take a whack a homemade bread for awhile. I can do this!!!

Joni

Hi
I want to make the artisan bread. What size is your oven safe pot? Thanks

Great, I would love to make and eat this artisan bread in this week may be at my weekends. I have always had a craving for them since i WAS A CHILD.

Hope

This seems so simple. The rise time is redoculously long but that can probably only help it. It defiantly wouldn’t be a bad way to have fresh bread in the mornings though for Sunday brunch. Thanks for the great post!

I used a mixture of both. You could use all whole wheat, but it would be very dense. I like a 50/50 blend for this bread recipe.

lucy

Hi Natalie,
Do we leave it covered for 8-20 hrs at room temp or in refrigerator? I’m assuming it’s in the refrigerator and this is why you let it rest another hour?

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Tanya

Hi, Does the material of the pot matter? Can I use Pyrex? Thanks!

Tanya

Hi, Does the material of the pot matter? Can I use Pyrex? Thanks!

Marion

Would this recipe work with any other type of flour besides white or whole wheat?

Jackie

Hey there! How do you store this bread to keep the outside crunchy and the inside soft?

Melissa

If I wanted to make rosemary olive oil bread, when would I add the olive oil?

stacy

This looks awesome, but just wondering if you’ve tried it with a gluten-free all purpose flour by chance?

Jennifer Lynch

What if I live in Hawaii where room temperature is 80 degrees?

Elissa

Is there a way to adapt this recipe for a low sodium bread? Looks wonderful & I would love to try it!

Helena

Great looking recipe!
Do you kneed the dough after the first 8-20 hour rest, or do you just gently pat it into place?
Thanks

Nope, you should use instant yeast for this. Refer to the 2006 NY Times article where Jim Lahey revealed his famous no knead recipe. This is essentially the same, except that this one calls for twice the yeast. You’ll have a stronger yeast flavor and shorter rising time with this recipe.

Kristina

Could you use a cast iron pot? What about a regular stove top pot with a lid? Would those work? Couldn’t you just use a regular loaf pan? Do you have to put a lid on it when it’s in the oven?

Please respond. Thanks

Kristina

Could you use a cast iron pot? What about a regular stove top pot with a lid? Would those work? Couldn’t you just use a regular loaf pan? Do you have to put a lid on it when it’s in the oven?

Please respond. Thanks

Sandra

Thanks so much for posting this! I tried it and it worked beautifully! My husband wants me to try some savoury add ins. I am trying pArmasean and garlic right now!? Not sure if I did it right!? Any other add in ideas would be welcomed!

Deb

I wouldn’t subsitite olive oil or add olive oil tithe original recipe. Add the rosemary from the start and paint the rosemary on top before you start baking. Maybe even better after you take the lid off. You may have to experiment to get the end result you want. And use olive oil for dipping at the time you consume. Otherwise you’ll need to look for a different recipe.

Kristina

There should be mention of flouring the dough after you put it on to the counter. I just floured the counter and it’s still how it was when I put it on the counter. Should tell us to thoroughly flour the dough until it’s in a soft ball. I put mine in the pot in the oven and it’s not in a ball. It’s a sticky dough mess. Don’t know how it’s going to turn out. This is why thorough directions are important!

For non good cookers of anything (ummm….like myself)…. We need more details. Hate to be one of “those annoying people.” But I just finished this & was super disappointed. I thought it was odd that it didn’t say to stir it all after you add in the warm water…but I thought well hey she knows what she’s doing. It was extremely lumpy when I woke up this morning…like hard lumps molded together & of course the water didn’t get to the bottom of the bowl because like an idiot I didn’t stir it, since it didn’t say to after adding the warm water. I went ahead and finished the process and it’s in the oven now but I’m pretty positive this will not turn out well. :/

Elissa

Eric, Thanks for the reply. I will give it a try! Was concerned that the salt was essential to the yeast processing to help it rise.68C91

Kristina

I don’t want this to come off as being rude, but in any recipe when you first begin you always mix the ingredients together. You mix your dry ingredients together first and if there is any wet ingredients you mix those together (separate from the dry) and then you combine them and mix together. You don’t had wet to dry and not mix it. That’s how all the ingredients are supposed to be combined.

Terry

Yes, it definitely needs mixing. I wasn’t sure whether to knead it after the first rise, but I suspect the result is probably better if you do.

I just tried the recipe too, but don’t have a metal oven pot and was too nervous to risk breaking my nice ceramic casserole dishes by dropping dough into it when hot. I did knead it before the 2nd rise. I ended up baking it on top of a pizza stone with a bowl of water in the oven to try to prevent it drying out.

Without being covered, it was browning too quickly, so I turned it down to 200C about half way through, and kept it in the oven for 40mins. I used 400g of flour, and about 280g of water.

Great result… very yummy!

Jackie

I made this following the directions and it turned out great. It actually does say “Mix, then add water and mix until everything is incorporated.”

Jackie

I did this without flouring the dough and it turned out perfectly. It does say “Wet hands and pat into a ball – try to get as round as you can. Let it rise for an hour.”

wendy

Hi Natalie! I made the artesian bread this morning, the bread turned out great but my problem was getting it out of my aluminum Dutch oven pot! It was stuck to the bottom! What would you suggest I thought of using a PAM spray but didn’t want to scorch the bottom of the bread! Any suggestions? Thanks :-)

Josie

Love this recipe. Wondering if it could be divided after mixing to make 2 smaller loaves? Bake at same time what would bake time be?

Sarah

I love to cook but am absolutely not a baker! I was a bit nervous at how easy this all came together. I made it with 100% whole white wheat flour and it came out looking just like the picture. I was shocked! And it was so yummy! The only problem is… Because it is so delicious, I keep finding myself “stealing” little slivers here and there and those are starting to add up! Everyone needs to try this recipe.

You can, it just might not retain quite the same round shape. But I have made it on a pizza stone and it has turned out fine :)

Hmmm. I’m not sure that I would use an aluminum pot for this recipe. You need the pot at such a high temperature, I think you run the risk of scorching. Sorry!

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