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Crusty Bread

Learn to make this crusty artisan bread, and then you can add any flavors and mixins your heart desires.

Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword artisan bread, artisan bread recipe, how to make artisan bread
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 sevings
Calories 115 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great. 

  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.

  3. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts
Crusty Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 341mg14%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.