Homemade Artisan Bread



This easy 5 minute artisan bread recipe is one of my favorite homemade breads. Just 4 ingredients - and you get a delicious, crusty, yet fluffy loaf of bread. Perfect for breakfast sandwiches. And it requires no kneading, no overnight wait. You have to try this!

Homemade Artisan Bread


Prep time
2 hours, 35 minutes
Cook time
25 minutes
Total time
3 hours


3 cups
flour (I used unbleached all purpose flour)
1 1⁄2 cup
water (warm, not hot, or it may kill the yeast!)
1 1⁄2 teaspoon
2 teaspoons
yeast (I used active dry yeast)


1. In a large bowl, mix salt and water. Dissolve yeast in this mixture and let stand a few minutes.
2. Add flour and stir until just combined (I usually use a spatula).
3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (lid or kitchen towel will work, too) and allow to rise at room temperature for about 2 hours (it usually rises ~ 2 times in volume).
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4. Line your table with a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle it with flour. Transfer the dough to the floured parchment paper. With floured hands, fold the dough in half, then fold the dough in half again.
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5. Place the dough seam side down and, using your hands, form into a ball.
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6. Let it rise uncovered for about 30-40 minutes (more rising will occur during baking).
7. With a sharp knife make about four X cuts over the top of the bread.
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8. Place a baking dish (NOT a glass dish!) with water (about 1/3 full) on the bottom rack of your oven. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F (210 degrees C).
9. Transfer the dough with the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet (I usually flip my cookie sheet upside down).
10. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
11. Remove from the oven, let it cool almost completely, then slice.
Homemade Artisan Bread


How is this 5 minute bread when it takes 3 hours start to finish according to the directions?
guest, sorry for the confusion. This is a slightly modified basic bread mix from the book "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francoist. It's called that way because it only takes 5 minutes to mix up the dough, no yeast expertise required. The bread comes out very delicious.
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