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Crusty Artisan Bread
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Crusty Artisan Bread

This Crusty Artisan Bread is so simple and requires minimal ingredients. Simply mix up to dough and let it rest for 8-24 hours until you're ready to bake. It's one of the easiest bread recipes, but tastes professional.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Rising Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 50 mins
Rachel Alexandra


  • 3 cups bolted bread flour
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • ½ tsp yeast
  • cup warm water


  • In a large bowl, whisk three cups of flour with the salt and yeast.
  • Gradually add the warm water and mix until it comes together in a cohesive ball. If it's too wet, try adding additional flour. It should still be rather sticky though.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 8-24 hours.
  • When you're ready to bake the bread, turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface and cover with a clean dish towel. Let the loaf rise for about 30 minutes in a warm place if possible.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a baking dish with high sides in the oven to preheat as well.
  • Remove the dish and grease with olive oil before placing the dough inside.
  • Use a bread lame or sharp knife to cut an "X" in the top of the bread, about a half inch to an inch deep.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Then remove the cover and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


Recipe adapted from It's Always Autumn.
A portion of the bread flour can be substituted for whole wheat bread flour.
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