My mom and I have been making this bread for years now, and it’s definitely a family favorite. So much so that we usually eat a whole loaf in one meal. Warm bread and soft butter–can’t get much better than that!
And it takes about 5 minutes to whip up the dough! This recipe is enough for four loaves and lasts a couple weeks in the refrigerator.
This homemade artisan bread is easy to make, and contains just 6 ingredients. These are items you likely already have in your pantry! For easier baking and clean-up use parchment paper. You can get it here.
Homemade Artisan Bread Recipe
- 3 cups warm water
- 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 5 cups unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- In a large (at least 5 quart) bowl, add yeast and salt to warm water. Let dissolve.
- Mix in flour. No kneading. Pro-tip: use a bread whisk.
- Let rise about 2 hours until it flattens on top.
- When ready to bake, sprinkle dough with flour so you can handle it. Pull out 1/4 of the dough for one loaf.
- Shape the dough into an oblong loaf by pulling ends underneath. (see above photo)
- Place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Allow it to rest while the oven is heating up.
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Just prior to putting in the oven, dust the top of the loaf with flour and slash the top with a knife about 1/4 inch deep.
- Place a pan or oven-safe ceramic dish with a cup of water in the bottom of the oven.
- Bake bread for about 30 minutes.
- Store the remaining dough in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.
This homemade bread pairs well with basically any meal, but especially soups, salads, chili, roasts, or any meals with a sauce that needs to be soaked up! It’s also perfect as a peanut butter sandwich or grilled cheese!
Many family memories have been created with this recipe and I hope your family loves it just the same as mine does!
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