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Homemade Crusty Bread Recipe

Fast and simple to make, this homemade crusty bread recipe is perfect for the novice baker or the award-winning bread smith. Try this simple bread recipe today!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rise Time2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crusty bread, homemade bread
Servings: 24
Calories: 125kcal


  • 3 1/4 cups water lukewarm, about 100° F.
  • 1.5 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 6 1/2 cups flour bread flour if you have it.
  • 1.5 tbsp kosher salt


  • Combine water and yeast and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Add flour and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Allow dough to rise for 2 hours at room temperature, covered with a kitchen towel.
  • Apply light dusting of flour over dough and divide it in half and shape into 2 loaves, rounding the top. If you only want to make one loaf of bread at this time, store the unused dough in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 weeks until ready to use.
  • Place unbaked loaf(s) on pizza peel that is lightly dusted with cornmeal. Apply light dusting of flour over top and cut three slashes into top of dough, using a searrated knife. Cover dough with kitchen towel and allow to rest for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450° F with baking stone on center wrack. When bread is ready to go in the oven, slide the dough off pizza peel onto hot stone. Place 1 cup hot water into oven broiler (or other oven safe pan), on bottom wrack of oven. Quickly close oven door to created a steam bath within the oven. This will help produce a crisp outer crust.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool slightly before slicking. Enjoy!



Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.6mg