Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread
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An age-old bread making tradition just got easier. Crusty on the outside and tender on the inside, this baguette is a bread baking experience you will be proud of.
20 min
Prep Time
16:05
Total Time
12 servings

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups
lukewarm water (105°F. to 115°F.)
2 1/4 teaspoons
active dry yeast
2 teaspoons
sugar
1 teaspoon
salt
3 cups
all-purpose flour
2 cups
hot water
Cornmeal
Water, if desired
Sesame seed, poppy seed or shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

Directions

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups warm water, yeast, sugar and salt in 2-quart plastic food container or bowl. Stir in flour with wooden spoon until moistened. (Dough will look wet and be loose enough to conform to the shape of its container.) Cover loosely with lid or plastic food wrap; let stand at room temperature about 2 hours or until dough rises and begins to collapse. Top of dough will have a flattened appearance.) Cover loosely; refrigerate overnight or up to 7 days.
  2. When ready to form loaf, line large baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle with cornmeal. Set aside.
  3. With floured hands, stretch and shape (do not knead) dough into 1 (16-inch) or 2 (10-inch) long smooth loaves. Place onto prepared baking sheet; let stand at room temperature, uncovered, 40 minutes. (Loaf will not rise much during this “resting” period.)
  4. Fifteen minutes prior to baking time, place broiler pan or 13x9-inch baking pan onto bottom oven rack; carefully pour 2 cups hot water into pan. Then, heat oven to 450°F.
  5. Cut 5 to 8 (1/4-inch) deep diagonal slits across top of loaf with serrated knife. If desired, brush loaf with water; sprinkle evenly with sesame seed, poppy seed or shredded Parmesan cheese.
  6. Place baking sheet with bread onto middle oven rack. Bake 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and firm to touch. Cool completely on wire cooling rack.
  7. Variation: Cheddar Cheese Artisan Bread. Prepare as directed above, stirring 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese into dough with flour. Continue as directed above.

Recipe Tips

- Artisan bread preparation doesn’t require kneading of the dough. Nor do you need to check for doubling or tripling of volume as in traditional bread recipes.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

- Serve with Herb Seasoned Butter or Caramelized Onion Butter.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
120
Cholesterol
0mg
Carbohydrates
25g
Protein
4g
Fat
0g
Sodium
200mg
Dietary Fiber
1g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

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love it

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I've made this several times and it always tastes great. I really like that it takes only a few minutes to mix, then a little while longer to bake a few days later. However, the dough has always turned out too wet. I've been adding an extra quarter cup of flour, but I think I will add even more.

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I loved this recipe!! It was amazing and delicious, and easy!

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So easy and absolutely delicious!

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I highly recommend this recipe. It is easy to assemble and makes a great loaf of bread. Everybody that I have served the bread to has nothing but good to say about it. One can't go wrong with this recipe!!

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