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artisan bread

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Soft inside with a nice crispy crust, this is easy to make and one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy baking often!

yield 1 loaves
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For artisan bread

  • 2 1/4 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c
    lukewarm water (between 105ºf - 110ºf)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 3 c
    bread flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    ground Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/3 c
    unbleached all-purpose flour, or as needed for work surface
  • 1 tsp
    olive oil, for bowl or as needed

How To Make artisan bread

  • 1
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast, water, and honey. Stir to blend and let it proof for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together bread flour and salt; set aside.
  • 3
    Add dry ingredients to yeast and, using the dough hook attachment, process on low speed until somewhat blended before increasing to speed 3; mixed until incorporated.
  • 4
    Increase to speed 4 and knead for 1:30 minutes or until the dough clings around the hook.
  • 5
    Transfer the sticky dough to a bowl lightly greased with oil and cover with plastic wrap and then a clean dish towel. Let it rise in a draft-free area, for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  • 6
    Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  • 7
    Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface – DON’T KNOCK AIR OUT – and sprinkle the top with flour, about ½ Tbsp.
  • 8
    With floured hands, gently fold the dough in half. Take one side and fold it over. Continue folding all around until the dough is almost shaped into a ball. Flip it and gently fold under to form a ball.
  • 9
    Place the dough, seam side down, on the center of a lightly floured large parchment paper (big enough to entirely cover the inside of a Dutch oven).
  • 10
    Cover the dough with the same bowl used earlier. Let it proof for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • 11
    When 450ºF is reached, place a Dutch oven with the lid on in the oven and leave it there for 30 minutes.
  • 12
    Half an hour later, cut a slit to about ¼-inch deep across the top of the dough using a sharp knife.
  • 13
    Using oven mitts, carefully remove the Dutch oven from the heat and place the dough inside by lifting it with the parchment paper.
  • 14
    Put the lid on and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • 15
    Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • 16
    Remove from the heat and transfer the dough sitting in the parchment paper onto a wire rack; allow to cool completely before slicing.
  • 17
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