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
- 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