When you love the smell and taste of freshly homemade bread, then an easy recipe to make is the artisan bread, and it will be one of your favorites to make any day!
Beginner Artisan Bread Recipe it has only four ingredients you already have in your pantry and is easy to knead and shape, it can also be baked in a regular oven and this is why more people are getting to make their own bread at home!
I’m sure to say, nobody will deny there’s nothing better than a real, homemade crusty, chewy with delicious flavor bakery style that can be paired with any soup, salad, or roast, but it can be also used to make any sandwich or a simple toast for your breakfast.
It’s easy to find some no-knead artisan bread recipes, but I prefer to follow all the steps of making a loaf of bread, including taking your time to make the poolish as it always improves the taste and texture of any homemade bread.
What Is An Artisan Bread?
When you love to make your own bread, the term of Artisan will be found on many recipes, as it refers to the art of learning the steps to make traditional bread.
An artisan baker has learned from their parents and other relatives like grandparents, uncles or aunts, the steps to follow on each recipe, but there are also some who have learned to make different recipes from teachers at culinary schools or when they join to work on an artisan bakery.
There are some ideas about how hard it is to make an artisan bread at home, but when you love to make your own bread, soon you will see how easy it is and how many benefits it has, I will point the taste and texture will never be compared to the bread you buy at the store, and you might agree this is the main reason why you love to make your own bread at home.
How To Make A Beginner Artisan Bread Recipe
Artisan Bread Ingredients
- 2 cups of Flour
- 1 tablespoon of Yeast
- 1/2 tablespoon of Sugar
- 3/4 cup of Water
- 1 pinch of Salt
How To Make The Poolish For The Artisan Bread Recipe
Some bakers will mix all the ingredients without the need of making the poolish, I will suggest not to skip this step, as it adds more flavor and texture to your loaf of bread.
Mix in one small bowl:
- 1 tablespoon of yeast
- 1/2 tablepoon of sugar
- 1/4 cup of water (room temperature)
Stir well all the ingredients, cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest until it has small bobbles.
How To Make The Beginner Artisan Bread
Add the flour and the poolish in the Stand Mixer bowl and start kneading the dough with the kneading hook, add little by little the rest of the water, knead the dough for about 5 minutes and then add the salt, keep kneading the dough until it forms a soft, non sticky ball.
Stop the stand mixer any time you want to check on the dough to prevent any accidents.
When the dough is ready, make a ball and put some olive oil in a clean bowl, put the dough in the bowl and you can brush some olive oil to cover the dough ball, cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest until double its size.
How To Shape The Artisan Bread
When the dough has doubled its size, you can remove the kitchen towel from the bowl and punch the dough gently, take the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough gently.
The artisan bread can be shaped in any form you like, it can be shaped in a big ball or like a loaf of bread. Once it’s shaped, put some flour on the top and place the bread on a baking tin with parchment paper, cover the bread with a clean kitchen towel and let it proof until it doubles its size or one hour.
How To Bake The Artisan Bread
Pre-heat your oven to 450 F or 230 C
When the oven is ready, uncover the bread and with a sharp knife, score the loaf 3 slashes.
To get a crispier crust on your bread, you can place in the lower rack, a cast iron pan with 3 to 4 cups of boiling water in it, this step will add some steam to the oven and it will create a crispier crust. This step is optional.
Place the scored dough on the center rack in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes, or until your bread has a golden crust, you need to tap gently the loaf (loaves) and it should sound hollow, then your bread is ready.
Take your bread out of the oven and let it cool off for at least 15 minutes, it will be better if you wait longer to cut your bread.
How Long Can The Artisan Bread Last?
If you bake one or more artisan loaves, it can be stored covered at room temperature up to 5 days, and in the fridge up to 10 days.
Can The Artisan Bread Be Made By Hand?
Yes, the artisan bread can always be made by hand, you will need to put all your ingredients in a bowl or on a table and knead all the ingredients until you get a soft and non sticky dough ball. Follow the same steps to shape, proof, score and bake your bread.
We hope you like the Artisan Bread Recipe and it becomes one of your favorites, is easy to make and its flavor and texture is always the best.
You can make one or two times this recipe in one day to have enough bread for your family!