Artisan Bread Recipe – Cafe Delights

Crusty homemade artisan bread is super easy to make with no kneading required. Soft on the inside with an irresistible chewy crust!

A doughy bread recipe without special equipment, a stand mixer or a dough hook? Yes! If you've never made bread before, you'll love how easy and indulgent this recipe is. Bread lovers will appreciate the thick, chewy crust and soft open crumb, similar to ciabatta, perfect for slathering with butter.

Have warm, homemade bread from scratch on your table in less than 3 hours!

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Artisan Bread

It sounds too good to be true, I know. Fluffy, crusty bread without any effort? no way. But ever since we first saw this recipe a few years ago, we've been baking it almost every week. Now you will too! Beginner bakers rejoice: no need to panic!

Nothing beats fresh warm bread coming out of your oven, tearing it open to escape the hot steam while the sweet smell of carbs wafts over you. Dip chewy bread slices into a hot bowl of chicken soup or chili for bread soaked in delicious flavors.

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How to Make Artisan Bread

All you need is:

Flour: Bread flour results in a soft, fluffy bread due to its high protein content. Regular all-purpose or plain flour works really well too, with just a slight change in texture. If using whole wheat flour, use about 1/4 cup less flour and add more if needed.

Sugar: Yeast feeds on sugar and starch, the perfect pairing in bread dough. The mix releases carbon dioxide gas, which causes the bread to rise during baking. The bubbles push the dough up and out, creating a soft and spongy texture.

Yeast: We've tested this recipe over the years with dry, quick and quick rise. We found that the dry yeast did not need to be activated before mixing it into the dry ingredients. If you hesitate, feel free to activate it in hot water and oil for a few minutes before adding the rest of your ingredients.

The oil It is what makes our bread more tender. You need this sneaky little addition for a silky, soft crumb.

Hot water: Not too hot or it will kill your yeast. 130°F or 55°C is the best temperature. You can also do the finger test: if you dip your finger in the water and it's nice and warm, it's fine. If it burns, let it cool slightly until it is hot.

Mix all your ingredients together until you have a wet and slushy batter

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Wake up baby!

Cover with plastic wrap and place in a draft-free warm place for about 2 hours. The dough will double in size; The level will likely alarm you, laced with bubbles. The texture will be jelly-like and super sticky. keep moving You are on the right track.

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Preheat your oven at this point! You want to put it in the dutch oven so it gets nice and hot!

Scrape out and fold inward.

Lightly flour your work surface and spatula with up to 1 tablespoon flour. Scrape the dough from the bowl onto the work surface, lightly dust and fold. Inward About 5-6 times on itself.

Don't use too much flour! You still want it to be sticky enough for a moist, fluffy loaf.

Shape the dough.
Transfer the dough to a large piece of parchment paper and shape it into a rustic round shape with your spatula. You are basically doing this to get some air out of it!

Carefully remove your hot pot using oven mitts. Then, grab the ends of your parchment paper and lift the dough into your bowl.

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to cook!

Don't forget to put the lid back on. This creates steam to cook your bread before it goes into the crust. To achieve that golden, crunchy crust, remove the lid and bake for another 12-15 minutes.

You won't believe how good it looks when it comes out of the oven. Cracks and all!

Let it cool before cutting into it so the center of the bread can finish cooking. Slather with butter and prepare to blow your mind! If you love bread, this homemade bread recipe is truly a life changer!

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A super easy homemade bread recipe! Soft and chewy inside, crunchy crust! A one-knead bread that requires no special ingredients, just a pot and your oven. This recipe is adapted from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery, published by The New York Times.