Artisan bread is super easy! I'm not kidding, I know the name "artisan bread" sounds intimidating, but it's actually not.
You don't need a dutch oven, or any special equipment. Just a bowl, a knife, a spoon, an oven (+baking sheet) and time. Lots of time. This bread is probably 95% time, 5% work.
The longer you rest this bread, the better it will taste. You'll get big holes, and it will taste almost spongy, but in a good way. I rested my dough for five hours, but you can just do two.
Even though this dish does take a while, it's perfect for beginners. You don't even have to knead this bread!
You don't have to make two little loaves. You can form it into one big ball like I did for my Irish Soda Bread.
I like to serve slices with butter! I think it really brings out this artisan bread's flavor. This bread is so fun that you'll want to make it all the time - I know I do!
|Level: 👩🏽🍳|Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes|Serves: 6-8|
3 and 1/2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 and 3/4 cups cold water
optional: cornmeal for dusting pan
Combine all your ingredients, and form it into a shaggy ball. Cover with plastic wrap, and proof for at least 2-3 hours. I recommend 5 hours though.
Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal.
Take off plastic wrap and cut your dough into two balls. Form each into a 9x3" rectangle. Proof for another 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F and bake your two loaves for 25 minutes.
- The Bored Baker 👩🏽🍳