I’ve been told that there’s something very calming and satisfying about making your own bread. It’s something so basic to human survival, something with such extensive prehistoric roots, something so comforting that I had to try to make it myself! Breaking bread together is a big part of family life for many people so add making bread together to your daily routine as well. It’s so quick and easy to make that just about anyone, of any age can do it. Let’s get started.
Homemade Quick, Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread – Recipe
- 3 cups flour (you can use plain flour or bread flour and any combination of white and whole wheat flours to suit your taste)
- ¼ tsp. instant dry yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together with a wooden spoon until a messy, wet dough comes together.
- Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and leave on your countertop overnight (at least 12 hours) for the yeast to do its work.
- 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to baking, turn dough out onto a floured surface. Wet hands with warm water and shape dough into a tight ball. Tuck it in on itself from the sides to achieve this effect.
- Line your bowl with parchment paper and plop dough on top. Cover again with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, toss a towel over and let it rest for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Half an hour prior to baking, place a large, deep baking dish with lid (large enough to fit dough, which will have double in size and deep enough to accommodate as it will rise during baking) into the oven and begin preheating it to 450 degrees.
- When oven has been preheating for half an hour and dough has been resting for 1 hour and 30 minutes, remove the baking dish from the oven and take the now risen dough (parchment and all) and place it carefully into the baking dish. Trim parchment if necessary and place lid over and put it back into the oven to bake or 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn off oven and remove baking dish. Take bread out (lift it by the parchment paper and it should come out without any issues) and let it cool for a few minutes.
Once slightly cool, you’ll hear the crust crackling, remove parchment paper, slice with a bread knife and enjoy your own, homemade, warm bread with good butter or to mop up saucy Singapore Chili Crab or Sambal Tofu. It’s one of the most comforting and satisfying food experiences you can have. The bread will be perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft, dense and slightly chewy on the inside: the perfect artisan bread.