Super Easy Crusty Artisan Bread Recipe

Friends, this bread is really good and really easy. I had never made bread before and even I – a dinner burner from WAY back – thought it was easy.  And it’s crazy good. My sweet friend, Cheryl, brought this to a party and we all loved it so she sent us the recipe. Here is her recipe and her notes. Thanks, Cheryl!


Quick story:

The other day, our internet was out and my husband and the cable guy were in our front room quietly working on fixing it. I had a little homemade bread left and used it to make a grilled ham and cheese that was out out of this world. In fact, it was SO good that after I was done, I trucker belched and the sound hung in the air as I remembered there were two people in the other room. That’s right. Keeping it classy over here, People.

It was one of those moments where I actually felt a pang of true embarrassment and was all, Did I really just do that?! Yes. Yes, I did. Fortunately…the guys didn’t hear it. I was grateful for that.

Crusty Artisan Bread Recipe

Whisk together dry ingredients in large glass bowl:

  • 3 Cups of Flour (unbleached, regular bread flour)
  • 1 ¾  Tsp of Salt
  • ½ Tsp  of Rapid Rise or Instant Yeast

Then add:

  • 1 ½ Cup Water

Mix until a shaggy mixture forms – flour is taken up from bowl.  Takes about two minutes.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and I cover with a towel as well.  Set aside for 12-18 hours (overnight is great).

To bake:

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When oven has reached 450 degrees, place a cast iron pot with lid on in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.

While that heats, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface (board) and shape into a ball (will be sticky). Sprinkle flour on the top so you can work it with your hands.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside while pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.

Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes to brown.

Remove bread from oven and place on cooling rack to cool.  I remove the bread from the pot.  Careful!  Pot is very hot.

Do you have a bread recipe you like? If so, please post a link in the comments.


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