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Today I am here with THE BEST HOMEMADE ARTISAN BREAD RECIPE, you guys!

Crunchy homemade artisan bread

I LOVE good bread. 

Like you have no idea! Growing up, we ate bread every day.

Every single day.

That yummy, crunchy, soft but chewy on 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 favorite bread recipe ever. My friend shared this recipe with me, and I got addicted – she saw it in the book called :

Flour Water Salt Yeast


I was inspired by this recipe but used a little less salt than the original recipe.

As a first 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 traveling full time, this bread has become our staple in my kitchen. Having that warm, crunchy artisan bread for dinner is our family favorite.

The dough takes several hours to rise – heads up!

I normally put the dough together at around 9-10 am, and we would have fresh bread for dinner. Oh – I know it sounds overwhelming already! Please don’t stop reading!

This dough is really easy to put together, and it only takes a few times to fold the bread dough 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 laundry room, by the way?

I made a short video on making this bread from start to finish. I shared this recipe on my Instagram stories, so the video was not planned out, and it’s not a beautiful video, but I think it might be 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 is the key to the super crunchy crust.

I decided to invest in a Dutch Oven (a $50 investment)- and I won’t ever regret it.

If you don’t have a dutch oven, investing in one is not a bad idea! Especially if you are going to bake bread at home.

Yummy crunchy homemade artisan bread and artichoke spread.

The recipe measurements are listed for two rounds of loaves. I always make two at a time, but you can just half all ingredients listed and make one loaf at a time. Sometimes I keep the second loaf for pizza the next day. It’s seriously the best!

Baking that pizza in with my fantastic outdoor Pizza Oven makes it much better!

Note: Use placeofmytaste to get 5% off if you end up buying Halo Pizza Oven.

A loaf of homemade artisan bread

We eat this loaf with butter, different spreads, or even without anything—such an excellent homemade artisan bread.

Author: Aniko
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The best homemade artisan bread. Try, and you will fall in absolute love with this crunchy bread.
  • 7 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/8 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  1. Mix flour and water.
  2. Let this dough sit for 30 minutes. (this dough should be sticky!)
  3. After 30 minutes, sprinkle salt and yeast on the top of the dough.
  4. Mix the dough until the salt and yeast dissolve completely.
  5. Fold the dough for a few minutes with your hands and let it sit for 1.5 hrs
  6. After the 1.5 hrs fold the dough again. (watch my video on how to fold!)
  7. 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.
  8. The dough should rise for at least 2-3 times the original size during this 4 hrs.
  9. Then split the dough in half.
  10. Let each dough sit in a separate basket for another hour.
  11. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  12. Place dutch oven to preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!:-)

Crunchy bread. Homemade artisan bread.


How long does it take to make this 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; IT IS WORTH IT, you guys!

Can you use whole wheat flour for this Homemade Artisan 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 delicious too!


Thanks for hopping in!

Stay safe, and be well!



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  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe! We’re anxious to try it – sounds so simple and streamlined. Do you know what size Dutch oven you used? And did you let the 2nd loaf sit in the basket while the 1st cooked or did you have two Dutch ovens to cook both at the same time?

    1. Great questions Aptil! It’s a 5qrt Dutch Oven. I do let the other loaf sit while the one is baking, yes. It does not hurt!:-) This is still my favorite bread recipe!

  2. I’ve tried the no-knead bread and it is always such a sticky mess. This one looks more manageable and I appreciate your showing the folding technique. You make it look so easy, even one-handed! Thanks and can’t wait to try!

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