This bread has come to be known as perhaps the easiest yeast bread in the entire world. I can’t imagine it getting ANY more simple than this recipe. I have heard about this recipe for years, but finally thought I’d give it a try. I am now hooked!! The best part about it is you don’t have to have a large mixer or bread machine to make this bread. All you need is flour, salt, yeast, hot water, a mixing bowl and a spoon. How easy is that?!  Not sure who is exactly the author of this recipe, but here’s the link to where I adapted it from 😉 

Seriously, you need to give this recipe a try. If you love homemade, artisan bread, don’t look any longer. You’re gonna love it!

Simple Crusty Artisan Bread
  1. 1 1/2 Tbs. yeast
  2. 1 Tbs. salt
  3. 6 1/2 cups flour
  4. 3 cups warm water
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  1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).
  2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.
  3. Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.
  4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
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