Easy Homemade Artisan Bread Recipe

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Artisan bread is classical, traditional and there is stigma that it can only be made with care and patience. All of it is true because any regular bread does not need to be prepared for so long as much as artisan bread does!

Measurement in artisan bread making is crucial. If a slight thing goes wrong, the end result would not be ideal. The very first thing to make easy and fabulous artisan bread, a measuring scale is essential.

Every single ingredient needs to be measured properly; even the water or any other liquid that is used should be accurately measured. Scale the bread flour and the wheat flour using the measuring scale.

Homemade Artisan Bread

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Recipe by Laura RittermanCuisine: AppetizerDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

3

hours 
Total time

30

minutes

We did say this was easy, didn’t we.

Ingredients

  • 160 g water

  • ½ tsp kosher salt

  • 560 g bread flour

  • 190 g wheat flour

  • 3 g active yeast

Directions

  • Take a large glass mixing bowl and shift the wheat flour with the bread flour and salt. Shifting has a purpose, it makes the bread airy.
  • Now take water that is 100-120 degrees F warm. It should not be boiling hot, because it will kill the yeast. It should not be too cold either, as the yeast would not active. Using a kitchen thermometer is advised here. A kitchen thermometer comes very handy during baking.
  • Add the water and knead the flour mix using your hands. It is always best to knead with your hands instead of using a spoon or spatula. There should be no dry flour. Everything should be wet kneaded together.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add the active yeast and again knead with hands. This time it will take about 5 minutes to incorporate the yeast properly into the dough.
  • Once you know it has been dissolved completely, cover with the kitchen towel again and let it sit for another 20 minutes.
  • Knead again for another 2 minutes and now we need to let it sit for another hour. At this point you cannot knead it too much. You need to be gentle and fold few times to get a round shape. 
  • You can sprinkle some flour if the dough seems too sticky. It is soft dough, so adding some flour to fold it and get the round shape is fine. Let it sit for 1 hour and wait for it to puff up.
  • Make sure to keep the bread covered with a kitchen towel. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees F.

Notes

  • While making artisan bread, using a Dutch oven pot is important. It allows the bread to cook faster and perhaps better. Add the bread onto a parchment paper and then use the parchment paper to add the bread into a Dutch oven pot. The parchment paper would help later bring out the bread easily from the Dutch oven pot. Add the lid and bake in the oven for half an hour. Do not rush to cut it, let it cool down for half an hour and then slice it.
  • Tips:
    1.     Try to use a Dutch oven pot for baking artisan bread. It comes with a lid which allows the bread to bake faster and better.
    2.     Add a parchment paper as a base of your bread because it will not stick to the oven pot and it will be easier to take out from the pot after baking.

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As outlined above you are now also in a position to make artisan bread at home. It’s simple and quick to prep and most of all delicious. Although it takes roughly 4 hours to complete from start to finish, this is relatively hands off while the bread bakes.

 

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