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Crusty Artisan Bread

Crusty Artisan Bread

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: artisan, baking, bread, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 20 minutes
Author: Rachel Alexandra
This bread is crisp and chewy on the outside, but soft and delightful on the inside. Enjoy a slice or two alongside your favorite winter soup or by itself with Amish butter and raw honey.
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups bread flour plus extra
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • ½ tsp yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water

Instructions

  • 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. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the cover and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.