Simple Homemade Artisan Bread

Ever been intimidated by the thought of making homemade bread? Me too.

So I searched and FOUND easiest yeast bread recipe ever. I couldn’t believe it. Really? I can get the same rounded Artisan bread I’d be charged $5 for at the farmer’s market? For a fraction of the price and minimal effort?

Well, hallelujah. I need some things to be easy. And cheap. It takes just 4 ingredients and a 5 minute prep that can be squeezed in anytime. The catch is you have to plan ahead, because this dough needs to rise 8 to 24 hours to rise.

But the result? Beautiful, brown, crispy and warm. The smell of  homemade in the air….and then butter and honey and bread all swirling together in my mouth. Yummy.

The standard ingredients can be the base for any creative mix-ins you can think of: raisins and cinnamon, cheese, nuts, herbs, spices etc…

Give it a try, I have yet to mess it up no matter how poorly I measure the ingredients.

Sorry about the picture quality… just snapped them on my phone and some were a little fuzzy, but you get the idea…

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons kosher salt (NOT table salt)

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (make sure it’s not expired)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Cookware: Dutch oven

Directions:

Stir the flour, yeast and salt.

Add water and stir with a wooden spoon until a messy yet cohesive dough forms, being careful not to over stir. Should look something like this…

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Allow the dough to rise (at least 8 hours), should be showing signs of “bubbling up.”

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees and put the pan in the oven to get hot before added your dough.

Once the oven is ready, on a lightly floured surface, gently work dough into a ball and put in an ungreased Dutch oven.

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Heat for 30 minutes with the cover on and then 7-10 minutes with the cover off.

Worth the wait…Enjoy!

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