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Crusty Artisan Bread

Incredibly Easy Crusty Artisan Bread

Incredibly Easy Crusty Artisan Bread is a simple, 4-ingredient homemade dutch oven bread recipe that is absolutely foolproof. Perfect alongside every meal. Pair with a delicious cinnamon spreadable honey & it’s pure heaven.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dry active yeast
  • cups lukewarm water 115 degrees is perfect


  • In a medium size bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour along with the other ingredients & mix with a wooden spoon until fully combined.
  • Place plastic wrap over the top of the dough. (touching the dough- not just covering the top of the bowl)
  • Set aside in a warm, dark place to rest at least 8 hours. (up to about 24 hours)
  • Remove dough from the bowl & place it on a well-floured surface & work into a ball. (if it's too wet or sticky you can work more flour in- but it should not be too firm)
  • Allow to rest approx 30 minutes.
  • Place cast iron dutch oven with an oven-safe lid in the oven & preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Carefully remove the pot once the oven has preheated & spray the bottom of the pot with cooking spray or an oil mister. You can also place the dough on a piece of parchment paper and place that into the pot instead.
  • Place dough in pot, slash the top several times.
  • Cover & bake 30 minutes.
  • Remove lid & bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden & brown. (you know it's done if it sounds hollow when tapped with your fingernail)
  • Cool slightly before serving.