Artisan Bread: The Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make

Artisan Bread: The Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make

Artisan Bread

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Basically, an artisan bread is a bread made by a crafts person using largely traditional techniques. It is usually assumed that such a bread is largely made by hand, however many artisan bakeries use mixers, hydraulic dividers, and molders so the amount of hands on craftsmanship is greatly diminished.

All the ingredients that are needed to bake this bread at home may already be in your kitchen. The one ingredient you might need to get at a grocery store is fresh yeast. All you need to mix the ingredients for the bread is a suitable bowl. You do not need to use a bread pan to bake artisan bread.  Instructions to bake your own artisan bread at home are found on superhealthykids.com by clicking the link below…

Artisan Bread: The Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make

3 Cups Warm water
1 1/2 TBL salt
1 TBL yeast
6 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour (or a blend of white and wheat for softer bread)
Mix in very large bowl, JUST UNTIL ALL FLOUR IS WET! Cover loosely with saran wrap and walk away. Seriously, walk away for 2 hours. Shape into 4 grapefruit size balls, and leave on a cookie sheet (sprinkled with corn meal). Let rise another 40 minutes. (At this point I decided to shove some pecans and raisins into ONE of my loaves for fun). Here is the secret. Preheat an oven to 450. Put a pan on the bottom rack, and a Baking stone on the middle rack (if you have one. I got rid of mine because I literally could not stand to touch it). Slide loaves onto middle cookie sheet then pour water into bottom pan. Then close oven quickly. The steam will get trapped in your oven. Cook for 20-30 minutes, or until brown on top. I can not emphasize enough how easy this is. I don’t know if I will ever knead bread again. And it made great sandwich bread, great toast bread, and great just plain.. MMMMm