Even for those who’ve by no means made do-it-yourself bread or labored with yeast earlier than, this do-it-yourself crusty artisan bread is for you. It’s the right newbie recipe as a result of it solely requires Four substances with none particular pans or mixer, there’s no kneading or sophisticated shaping concerned, and 95% of the work is hands-off. Bread masters will recognize this recipe too as a result of it delivers with scrumptious taste, a barely crisp and mega chewy crust, and people signature gentle holes inside like ciabatta or French bread.

homemade artisan french bread

Bread Rookies– Begin Right here

Welcome to the January Baking Problem! Have you ever ever needed to grasp do-it-yourself bread? Actual, crusty, chewy, scrumptious bakery-style loaves that style unbelievable with dips, soups, sauces, and comforting dinners? This recipe is the place you begin. This artisan bread is for newbies, however even bread masters will recognize its taste and ease. It’s so recent, so flavorful, and so surprisingly straightforward as a result of it principally makes itself.

You solely want Four substances with none particular pans or mixer, there’s no kneading, no poolish or dough starter required, and you’ll add herbs, cheeses, and spices to make a wide range of bread flavors.

This base recipe will quickly be on repeat in your kitchen. After you notice how straightforward it’s to make actual do-it-yourself bread, you’ll discover any excuse to bake a loaf.

homemade artisan bread loaves

What’s Selfmade Artisan Bread?

In terms of bread, the time period “artisan” doesn’t imply 1 specific factor. However typically, artisan bread is do-it-yourself, recent, crusty, and deliciously rustic wanting. An artisan is a talented employee, one who works with their fingers. However paradoxically, there isn’t a lot “work” concerned with this recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Bread

  • Simpler than you ever imagined
  • Gentle + flavorful
  • Chewy, barely crisp crust
  • Form nonetheless you need
  • No particular pans, poolish, or dough starter required
  • Solely Four substances
  • You resolve the size of time it rests

homemade artisan french bread

Selfmade Artisan Bread Video Tutorial

Like sandwich bread, focaccia, and bagels— the method is surprisingly straightforward. Should you’re new to yeast, reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for solutions to frequent yeast FAQs.

Solely Four Elements

The crustier and chewier the bread, the much less fats within the dough– often known as a “lean dough.” We’re utilizing a lean dough for our artisan loaf immediately. (Should you’re curious, a “wealthy dough” is a gentle bread dough with the presence of fats, equivalent to butter and eggs– the sort we want for overnight cinnamon rolls.) With out fats, we’re left with the fundamentals.

  1. Bread Flour: Whereas you should utilize all-purpose flour on this recipe, I strongly advocate utilizing bread flour. Bread flour produces a stronger, chewier bread and that makes an enormous distinction in recipe with solely Three different substances.
  2. Prompt Yeast: Prompt yeast is vital on this recipe. Whereas you should utilize lively dry if that’s all you will have, any fast rise or prompt yeast will produce flavorful ends in much less time. I take advantage of extra yeast on this recipe in comparison with my cranberry nut no-knead bread and no-knead jalapeño cheddar bread. Why? These doughs relaxation and rise at room temperature. Nonetheless, for extra taste and simply as a lot rise, I take advantage of extra yeast and let the this dough relaxation within the fridge. (Cool air slows the fermentation course of.)
  3. Salt: You’ll be able to’t make good bread with out salt and for finest taste, I like to recommend a rough salt, equivalent to coarse sea salt. I discover the bread’s taste missing with common desk salt.
  4. Water: I usually encourage you to make use of heat liquid with yeast as a result of heat liquid helps the yeast work quicker. Nonetheless, use cool or room temperature water right here. Not freezing chilly, not tremendous heat– cool to the touch. 70°F (21°C) is nice, however the precise temperature doesn’t matter so long as it’s not scorching or heat. The cooler the water, the longer the dough takes to rise and, often, the higher the bread’s taste. (That is necessary since there are so little substances so as to add substantial taste!)
  5. Optionally available Cornmeal: Dusting the pan with cornmeal provides a pop of taste and a little bit crunch to the underside crust. That is fully non-obligatory. You probably have it, use it. Should you don’t have it, don’t fear about it.

You too can add herbs and seasonings equivalent to recent garlic, roasted garlic, rosemary, dill, chopped onion, jalapeño, shredded cheese, chopped nuts, dried cranberries, and so forth.

homemade artisan bread dough

artisan bread dough

Baker’s Tip: Keep away from including an excessive amount of flour to the dough as you’re employed with it. The stickier it’s– and the longer it sits within the fridge– the extra doubtless you’ll have these huge ethereal pockets of air within the crumb.

shaped artisan bread dough before baking

Methods to Make Selfmade Artisan Bread in 5 Steps

  1. Combine the dough substances collectively. At first the dough will appear very dry and shaggy and also you’ll query if it can even come collectively. However it can. Use a spatula at first, then change to your fingers to make sure the entire flour is moistened. The dough is definitely a little bit sticky after it’s completely combined.
  2. Let it rise at room temperature for 2-Three hours. Cowl the dough and let it rise at room temperature for about 2-Three hours till doubled in dimension.
  3. Use straight away or refrigerate. After 2-Three hours, you may instantly proceed with the subsequent step. Nonetheless, for ultimate taste and texture, I strongly advocate letting the dough sit within the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours and as much as Three days. Sure, Three full days! I often solely let it relaxation for about 18 hours. Throughout this important step, the chilly air slows the fermentation course of and provides a lot taste and texture. So, you may bake bread in 2-Three hours or in Three days. The longer it sits, the higher it tastes. 🙂
  4. Form into 2 loaves or 1 boule. Relaxation as oven preheats. You’ll be able to form the bread right into a spherical loaf (boule) or two longer loaves. I often make 2 longer loaves side-by-side on a flat baking sheet, about 9×Three inches every. Rating with a pointy knife or bread lame. Preheat the oven to a very popular 475°F (246°C). The extraordinarily scorching air will instantly set the crust so the bread rises up as an alternative of spreading throughout. To assist guarantee a crispier crust, after the oven pre-heats– pour boiling water right into a baking pan on the underside oven rack. Instantly place the dough inside and shut the oven door to lure the steam. The steam will assist create that coveted crisp crust. You probably have a dutch oven, form the dough into 1 spherical loaf, and bake it contained in the dutch oven with the lid on.
  5. Bake till golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Gently faucet the loaves as a result of in the event that they sound hole, they’re completed.

Take a look at these deliciously gentle holes inside! Jogs my memory of ciabatta or a French baguette, each of which could be a little extra sophisticated to make.

homemade artisan french bread

Serve Artisan Bread With

  1. Slather with homemade honey butter
  2. Slice and dunk in crab dip or roasted garlic bacon spinach dip
  3. Serve alongside slow cooker chicken chili or pumpkin chili
  4. As a dunker for minestrone soup or creamy chicken noodle soup
  5. With an enormous bowl of mac & cheese
  6. Use for my goat cheese & honey crostini
  7. With something as a result of do-it-yourself bread is every thing’s finest good friend

homemade artisan french bread

Methods to Be part of Sally’s Baking Problem

Make this bread. Any taste/add-ins or both form (loaves or boule) works. Should you’re not into this recipe, right here is the alternate January Baking Problem:

  1. any previous challenge recipe OR
  2. Focaccia (any taste!)

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  3. Email me your recipe picture.

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By sharing your picture, you’re robotically entered within the baking problem for the $250 Amazon gift card prize. My assistants and I maintain observe of your photographs and randomly choose 1 winner on the finish of the month. The problem is open to the entire world. Problem ends on January 30th 2020 at 5pm ET. The winner might be chosen at random and posted within the February Baking Problem weblog submit on January 31st 2020.



Even for those who’ve by no means made do-it-yourself bread or labored with yeast earlier than, this do-it-yourself artisan bread is for you. Watch the video tutorial above and overview the recipe directions and recipe notes previous to starting. Should you’re new to working with yeast, reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for solutions to frequent yeast FAQs.


  • 3 and 1/Four cups (420g) bread flour (spoon & leveled), plus extra for fingers and pan
  • 2 teaspoons prompt yeast
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt (see observe)
  • 1 and half of cups (360ml) cool water
  • non-obligatory: cornmeal for dusting pan


  1. In a big un-greased mixing bowl, whisk the flour, yeast, and salt collectively. Pour within the cool water and gently combine along with a rubber spatula or wood spoon. The dough will appear dry and shaggy, however maintain working it till all of the flour is moistened. If wanted, use your fingers (as I do within the video tutorial above) to work the dough substances collectively. The dough might be sticky. Form right into a ball within the bowl as finest you may.
  2. Cowl the dough tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and set on the counter at room temperature (truthfully any regular room temperature is okay!). Enable to rise for 2-Three hours. The dough will nearly double in dimension, keep on with the edges of the bowl, and have a variety of air bubbles.
  3. You’ll be able to proceed with step Four instantly, however for very best taste and texture, I strongly advocate letting this risen dough relaxation within the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours and as much as Three days. Place coated dough within the fridge for 12 hours – Three days. I often let it relaxation within the fridge for about 18 hours. The dough will puff up throughout this time, however might start to deflate after 2 days. That’s high quality and regular– nothing to fret about.
  4. Evenly mud a big baking sheet (with or with out rims) with flour and/or cornmeal. Flip the chilly dough out onto a floured work floor. Utilizing a pointy knife or bench scraper, lower dough in half. Some air bubbles will deflate as you’re employed with it. Place dough halves on ready baking sheet. Utilizing floured fingers, form into 2 lengthy loaves about 9×Three inches every (doesn’t must be precise) about Three inches aside. Loosely cowl and permit to relaxation for 45 minutes. You’ll bake the dough on this ready baking sheet. See recipe observe if you wish to use a pizza stone.
  5. Throughout this 45 minutes, preheat the oven to 475°F (246°C).
  6. When able to bake, utilizing a really sharp knife or bread lame (some even use kitchen shears), rating the bread loaves with Three slashes, about half of inch deep. (“Rating” = shallow lower.) If the formed loaves flattened out through the 45 minutes, use floured fingers to slender them out alongside the edges once more.
  7. Optionally available for a barely crispier crust: After the oven is preheated and bread is scored, place a shallow metallic or forged iron baking pan or skillet (I often use a metallic 9×13 baking pan) on the underside oven rack. Rigorously and shortly pour 3-Four cups of boiling water into it. Place the scored dough/baking pan on the next rack and shortly shut the oven, trapping the steam inside. The steam helps create a crispier crust.
  8. Place the formed and scored dough (on the flour/cornmeal dusted pan) within the preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake for 20-25 minutes or till the crust is golden brown. Gently faucet the loaves– in the event that they sound hole, the bread is finished.
  9. Take away the bread from the oven and permit to chill for a minimum of 5 minutes earlier than slicing and serving. Retailer leftovers loosely coated at room temperature for as much as 5 days or within the fridge for as much as 10 days.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: The dough can sit within the fridge for as much as Three days, so this can be a great recipe to start forward of time. You too can bake the bread, permit it to chill, and freeze for as much as Three months. Thaw within the fridge and permit to return to room temperature earlier than serving. You too can freeze the dough. Full the recipe by way of step 3. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-friendly container. To bake, permit dough to thaw in a single day within the fridge, or for 2-Three hours at room temperature. Proceed with step Four and the remainder of the recipe directions.
  2. Flour: For very best taste and chewy texture, I strongly advocate utilizing bread flour. You should utilize a 1:1 substitution of all-purpose flour in a pinch with no different adjustments to the recipe. I like to recommend avoiding complete wheat flour on this dough. If obligatory, use half bread flour and half complete wheat flour. The bread will style a bit dense.
  3. Yeast: You should utilize prompt or lively dry yeast, however I extremely advocate an prompt (aka “speedy rise” or “fast rise” yeast). The bread will rise quicker. I often use Platinum yeast by Crimson Star, which is an prompt yeast. 2 teaspoons is rather less than 1 commonplace packet. If utilizing lively dry yeast, there are not any adjustments wanted to the recipe. The rise time in step 2 might take longer.
  4. Salt: Use a rough salt, equivalent to coarse sea salt, on this bread. I discover the flavour barely missing when utilizing common desk high quality salt. Should you solely have high quality salt, scale back to 1 and half of teaspoons.
  5. Water: Use cool water. 70°F (21°C) is nice, however the precise temperature doesn’t matter so long as it’s not scorching or heat.
  6. Spherical Loaf: If you wish to form the dough right into a boule (spherical loaf) merely form right into a spherical ball as an alternative of two loaves in step 4. Baking directions are the identical, however the loaf will take a couple of additional minutes within the oven. If you wish to bake the boule in a dutch oven, see subsequent observe.
  7. Utilizing a Dutch Oven: Observe this dough recipe by way of step 3, then comply with the straightforward shaping/baking directions (steps 2-5) in my Cranberry Nut No Knead Bread recipe.
  8. Utilizing a pizza stone: If you wish to bake your bread loaves on a pizza stone, place pizza stone within the preheating oven. Switch formed and scored loaves to scorching pizza stone and bake as directed.
  9. Taste concepts: Earlier than pouring within the water in step 1, add any of the next substances/mixture of substances to the dry substances within the bowl: Four cloves minced garlic + Three Tablespoons chopped rosemary, Three Tablespoons your favourite recent herb (chopped), 1 cup your favourite shredded cheese, a diced jalapeño, 3/4 – 1 cup dried cranberries and/or chopped nuts, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, and so forth.
  10. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for solutions to frequent yeast FAQs.
  11. Recipe tailored from King Arthur FlourRed Star Yeast, comparable technique initially from Jim Lahey.