Today I am here with THE BEST HOMEMADE ARTISAN BREAD RECIPE, you guys!
I LOVE a good bread.
Like you have no idea! Growing up, we ate bread every day.
Every single day.
That yummy crunchy on the outside, soft, but chewy in the inside kind of bread! You know what I am talking about, right?
I have tried so many recipes in the past, and I shared a few bread recipes already here in the blog- like this BREAD RECIPE or THIS ONE – but I think I found my most favorite bread recipe ever. My friend shared this recipe with me and I got addicted – she saw it in the book called :
THE BEST HOMEMADE ARTISAN BREAD
I was inspired by this recipe but used a little less salt then what the recipe called for.
As a fist read of this recipe it seemed like it was a lot of steps and it looked overwhelmingly confusing, but after making these loaves a few times, it’s now a comfortable routine, and I make this bread recipe twice a week. Now that we are home, time is not an issue, and having that warm, crunchy artisan bread for dinner is what puts a smile on my face.
This bread takes hours to rise – heads up! I normally put the dough together at around 9-10 am and we would have fresh bread for dinner.
But don’t you worry! This dough is really easy to put together and it only takes just a few times to fold the bread dough in between mixing the dough and baking the bread so you can run some errands or fold laundry while the dough sits. Have you seen my brand new laundry room buy the way?
I made a super short video on how to make this bread from start to finish. I shared this recipe on my Instagram stories, so the video was not a planned out, and it’s not a beautiful video, but I think it’s super helpful to watch, so be sure to watch it.
Here is a video on how to make a homemade artisan bread
I hope this short video was helpful for you guys!
This bread is baked in a dutch oven, which I think the key for this great crunchy outside.
I invested in a dutch oven – if you don’t have a dutch oven it’s not a bad idea to invest in one- and I love it!
The recipe measurements are listed for two round loaves. I always make two at the time but you can half everything and make one at the time if you wish. The original recipe called for more salt, but I used less, and it’s perfect for my taste. You can play with it and see what salt level is best suits your taste buds.
We eat this loaf with butter, spreads, or even without anything—such an excellent homemade artisan bread.
- 7¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 3⅛ cups lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- Mix flour and water.
- Let this dough sit for 30 minutes. (this dough should be sticky!)
- After 30 minutes, sprinkle salt and yeast on the top of the dough.
- Mix the dough until the salt and yeast dissolve completely.
- Fold the dough for a few minutes with your hands and let it sit for 1.5 hrs
- After the 1.5 hrs fold the dough again. (watch my video on how to fold!)
- Put the dough in a proofing basket (if you don't have a proofing basket, you can use a simple basket covered with a kitchen towel), cover it, and let it sit for 4 hours.
- The dough should rise for at least 2-3 times the original size during this 4 hrs.
- Then split the dough in half.
- Let each dough sit in a separate basket for another hour.
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
- Place dutch oven to preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Place the dough into the dutch oven and bake it for 30 minutes with the lid on, then bake it for another 20 minutes without cover.
- The bread should be beautifully golden brown/dark brown when it's done.
Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
We can’t get enough!
How long does it take to make homemade bread?
This recipe is a little longer than other recipes I tried but it’s worth the wait! It takes at least 5 hours for the dough to rise. It’s so worth it, you guys!
Can you use whole wheat flour for this bread recipe?
I have not tried this particular recipe with whole wheat flour yet. Let me know if you try it.
Here are some other bread recipes I tried and loved. Or this Homemade Pizza dough sounds delish too!
Thanks for hopping in!
Stay safe, and be well!