3 Deliciously Easy Artisan Bread Recipes

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Basic Artisan Bread

When it comes it to bread, you can’t find anything more satisfying than a crusty artisan bread.   You know the type,  a  crispy, crunchy crust with the inside that is soft and chewy  and so utterly delicious.   So, why is it called artisan bread?

Artisans are craftsmen, it’s the craft or art of making something unique,  and of course, hand-made.   Special techniques that have been tweaked and perfected until a masterpiece is finally created.   When I bake bread,  I  always expect the bread to come out perfectly.   But the reality of it is,  my skills at baking bread have come from many trials and of course,  lots of errors.   There always seems to be more to learn when it comes to baking bread.

Maybe that is why artists are so passionate about what they do.  We have all heard of the artist who has refused to show their work until it is complete.   They aren’t satisfied until they see it as perfect.  We can’t all be passionate about baking bread or have the time to hone this slowly developed craft, but you can still enjoy a simple homemade recipe that doesn’t require a ton of effort or skill.   You will be astonished at how easy it can be!

You will need a Dutch oven or roasting pan with a lid for this recipe.
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Basic Artisan Bread Recipe
 3 cups unbleached bread flour
 ½ tsp active dry yeast
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 ½ cups warm water
Rosemary Parmesan Artisan Bread
 3 cups unbleached bread flour
 ½ tsp active dry yeast
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
 1 ½ tbsp dried rosemary
 1 ¾ cups warm water
Garlic Parmesan Artisan Bread
 3 cups unbleached bread flour
 ½ tsp active dry yeast
 2 tsp kosher salt
 3 tbsp minced garlic (fresh or prepared)
 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
 1 ¾ cups warm water

1

In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except for the water.

Add ingredients

2

add raising agent

3

Add Kosher Salt

4

Using a whisk or fork, mix all dry ingredients thoroughly.

* this would include the spices such as dried rosemary and parmesan cheese

Whisk together

5

Add warm water to the dry ingredients ( add garlic at this time for Recipe #3 Garlic Parmesan Bread ) and mix with a rubber spatula, scraping the edges of the bowl until all the flour is moistened.

Making bread dough

6

The dough should be sticky enough to hold together, if it doesn't just add a small amount of warm water until it holds together 1 teaspoon at a time.

* do not overmix or knead the dough

Bread Dough

7

Cover dough with plastic wrap. Leave the dough for 8-24 hours.

Cover dough with plastic wrap

8

After the fermentation process, the mixture will be bubbly and moist.

Fermentation of flour and yeast

9

Pour dough onto a floured surface using a rubber spatula.

Dough

10

Shape dough into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper (optional) and cover with plastic wrap.

Form dough

11

Place plastic over dough

12

Place pan in the oven with the lid on.

Lodge Dutch Oven

13

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hot oven

14

When oven is ready, remove pan from the oven and lift the parchment paper with dough into the pan, or place the dough directly in the pan if not using paper. Cover with the lid and place in the oven.

Bake for 30 minutes

15

Remove lid on pan and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Bread

16

When done, remove bread from the dutch oven and place on a rack to cool completely before slicing.

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Ingredients

Basic Artisan Bread Recipe
 3 cups unbleached bread flour
 ½ tsp active dry yeast
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 ½ cups warm water
Rosemary Parmesan Artisan Bread
 3 cups unbleached bread flour
 ½ tsp active dry yeast
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
 1 ½ tbsp dried rosemary
 1 ¾ cups warm water
Garlic Parmesan Artisan Bread
 3 cups unbleached bread flour
 ½ tsp active dry yeast
 2 tsp kosher salt
 3 tbsp minced garlic (fresh or prepared)
 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
 1 ¾ cups warm water

Directions

1

In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except for the water.

Add ingredients

2

add raising agent

3

Add Kosher Salt

4

Using a whisk or fork, mix all dry ingredients thoroughly.

* this would include the spices such as dried rosemary and parmesan cheese

Whisk together

5

Add warm water to the dry ingredients ( add garlic at this time for Recipe #3 Garlic Parmesan Bread ) and mix with a rubber spatula, scraping the edges of the bowl until all the flour is moistened.

Making bread dough

6

The dough should be sticky enough to hold together, if it doesn't just add a small amount of warm water until it holds together 1 teaspoon at a time.

* do not overmix or knead the dough

Bread Dough

7

Cover dough with plastic wrap. Leave the dough for 8-24 hours.

Cover dough with plastic wrap

8

After the fermentation process, the mixture will be bubbly and moist.

Fermentation of flour and yeast

9

Pour dough onto a floured surface using a rubber spatula.

Dough

10

Shape dough into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper (optional) and cover with plastic wrap.

Form dough

11

Place plastic over dough

12

Place pan in the oven with the lid on.

Lodge Dutch Oven

13

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hot oven

14

When oven is ready, remove pan from the oven and lift the parchment paper with dough into the pan, or place the dough directly in the pan if not using paper. Cover with the lid and place in the oven.

Bake for 30 minutes

15

Remove lid on pan and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Bread

16

When done, remove bread from the dutch oven and place on a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Homemade Bread

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3 Artisan Bread Recipes-Easy and Delicious!

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