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    One Simple Bread Recipe Anyone Can Follow

    Baking bread at home can seem like a daunting task, especially for those who have never tried their hand at it before. The art of bread making, with its precise measurements and the mysterious workings of yeast, can intimidate beginners. However, there’s a simple artisan bread recipe that’s perfect for anyone, regardless of their baking experience. This recipe demystifies the process, making it accessible and enjoyable for all. By following the steps outlined below, along with the accompanying video tutorial, you’ll be on your way to creating delicious homemade bread that’s sure to impress.

    Homemade Artisan Bread Recipe

    Dish Info

    This artisan bread recipe is designed with beginners in mind. It requires minimal ingredients and equipment but yields a bread with a crisp crust and soft, airy interior that’s characteristic of artisanal loaves. Before diving into the recipe, ensure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand and watch the video tutorial for helpful tips and visual guidance. The recipe includes straightforward steps and key notes to ensure your baking success.


    • 3 and 1/4 cups (about 430 grams) of bread flour (spooned & leveled), plus additional for hands and pan
    • 2 teaspoons (about 6 grams) of instant yeast
    • 2 teaspoons (about 9 grams) of coarse salt (refer to note)
    • 1 and 1/2 cups (360 milliliters) of water, preferably close to room temperature at about 70°F (21°C)

    Steps 1

    Start by whisking together the flour, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Gradually pour in the water, mixing until you have a cohesive and sticky dough. There’s no need for a stand mixer; this can be done with a simple mixing spoon or your hands. Once mixed, shape the dough into a ball within the bowl.

    Steps 2

    Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 2-3 hours, or until it has doubled in size and is dotted with air bubbles. This step is crucial for developing the bread’s structure and flavor.

    Steps 3

    For an enhanced flavor and texture, it’s recommended to refrigerate the dough for 12-72 hours. This slow fermentation process will contribute to the complexity of the bread’s taste. The dough will continue to rise in the refrigerator, although it may start to deflate after two days.

    Steps 4

    When ready to bake, lightly flour a baking sheet. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and divide it into two equal parts. Gently shape these into loaves and place them on the prepared sheet. Let them rest at room temperature for about 45 minutes.

    Steps 5

    Preheat your oven to 475°F (246°C). If desired, score the loaves with a sharp knife or razor to create a pattern on the crust. This is not only decorative but helps the bread expand during baking. Optionally, you can create steam in your oven by placing a pan of water on the lower rack, which helps achieve a crispy crust. Bake the loaves for 20-25 minutes, until they are golden brown and emit a hollow sound when tapped. Allow the bread to cool before slicing to enjoy the optimal texture and flavor.

    This artisan bread recipe is a testament to the fact that with the right guidance and a simple approach, anyone can bake bread at home. It’s a rewarding process that yields delicious results and might just ignite a passion for baking. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to impress yourself and your loved ones with your newfound baking skills.

    Elsie Bernier
    Elsie Bernier
    Elsie Bernier brings her passion for authentic Italian flavors to every slice at Fratello Pizzeria. With years of culinary expertise and a love for crafting the perfect pizza, Elsie has made Fratello's a haven for pizza enthusiasts seeking a taste of Italy right in their neighborhood.


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