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5 Minute Artisan Bread {contributor Havalah}

Hi everyone, this is Havalah from Sisters, What! I’m so excited to post on here and for my first post, I thought I’d share one of my absolute favorite bread recipes – Artisan Bread! Seriously, I LOVE bread and artisan is something I crave all the time. But it can be pricey at the store and get’s eaten too quickly in our house.
Have your favorite Artisan Bread at home with this quick and easy recipe!

Have your favorite Artisan Bread at home with this quick and easy recipe!
I finally came across the book The New Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day and knew I had to give it a try. When I first tried it, the apartment we lived in had a terrible oven that didn’t heat evenly, so the bread turned out ok. But since moving, I’ve tried it again and crazy enough, the oven made the difference and I’ve never stopped making it. And I’m here to tell you that it is as delicious as it looks and SO EASY to make.
Have your favorite Artisan Bread at home with this quick and easy recipe!
5 Minute Artisan Bread
(You can find their primary and main recipe on their website. But I HIGHLY recommend checking their book out – I first found it at the library)
5 Minute Artisan Bread
 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups (1½ pounds) lukewarm water (you can use cold water, but it will take the dough longer
  • to rise. Just don’t use hot water or you may kill the yeast)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated yeast
  • *If you use cake yeast you will need 1.3 ounces.
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoons Morton Kosher Salt
  • 6½ cups (2-pounds) all-purpose flour
Instructions
Mixing and Storing the Dough
  1. Warm the water slightly and mix with yeast and salt to a 5 or 6 quart bowl or container (lidded, but not airtight plastic container). You don’t need to let the yeast rise.
  2. Mix in the flour- kneading is unnecessary: Add all of the flour at once, Mix with a wooden spoon or a danish dough hook (wish I had one). If you’re hand mixing and it becomes too difficult to incorporate all the flour with the spoon, you can reach into your mixing bowl with very wet hands and press the mixture together. It isn’t necessary to knead. When done, everything should be uniformly moist.
  3. Allow to rise: Cover with a lid (not airtight). If using a bowl, cover with towel or plastic wrap loosely; you want the gases to be able to escape Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature for about 2 hours or until dough flattens. This might take longer depending on the initial water or air temperature. DON’T PUNCH DOUGH DOWN; like I said, it will flatten on it own. Longer rising times (up to 5 hours) will not harm the result. You can use a portion of the dough any time after this period. Fully refrigerated wet dough is less sticky and is easier to work with than dough at room temperature. The authors recommend that the first time you try this recipe, you refrigerate the dough overnight (or at least 3 hours) before shaping a loaf. The next day when you pull it out of the fridge, you will notice that the rising dough has gone down a little, totally normal. It won’t rise again like it initially did.
Baking the Bread
  1. The gluten cloak: don’t knead, just “cloak” and shape a loaf in 30 to 60 seconds. I like to place a piece of parchment paper on a flat cookie sheet and sprinkle flour on it. If you have a pizza peel, that works great too. But make sure you liberally cover it with flour or cornmeal. Sprinkle the surface of your refrigerated dough with flour. Pull up and cut off a 1-pound (grapefruit-sized) piece of dough, using a serrated knife. Hold the mass of dough in your hands and add a little more flour as needed so it won’t stick to your hands. Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. Most of the dusting flour will fall off; it’s not intended to be incorporated into the dough.The entire process in this step should take no longer than 30 to 60 seconds.
  2. Rest the loaf and let it rise: Place your shaped dough ball on prepared parchment paper on cookie sheet or pizza peel. Allow the loaf to rest on the peel for about 40 to 90 minutes. The book says the longer rising time the more holes in the bread (holes are a good thing in artisan bread – makes the bread lighter). The bread won’t rise much doing this time, that will happen during the baking process.
  3. Twenty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (the book says 450, but I’ve read other recipes that suggest 500 and then bring the temp down)., at the same time, preheat your baking stone, cast iron skillet or other bread dish placed on the middle rack *they don’t recommend glass because of high temps, but I’ve used oven safe glass bowls and I’ve never had an issue; I’ve read other recipes that recommends using them…so up to you. Place an empty broiler tray (or bread pan works too) for holding water on shelf below the bread.
  4. Dust and slash: Dust the top of the loaf liberally with the flour and slash a pattern on top of bread. This will help the bread expand better.
  5. Baking with steam: After a 20 minute preheat, you’re ready to bake. BRING the temp down to 450! I hate the idea of sliding my loaf into the preheated baking stone, so I just lift the parchment and place it right into the stone/iron skillet and call it good (also recommended on their site). Quickly but carefully pour about 1 cup of hot tap water into your broiler tray or bread pan and close the oven door to trap the steam. If using parchment paper, bake for about 20 minutes then remove the parchment paper and bake for another 10, or until the crust is nicely browned and firm to the touch. Because you’ve used wet dough, there is little risk of drying out the interior, despite the dark crust. Allow the loaf to cool completely, preferably on a wire rack.
Notes
Store the remaining dough in the refrigerator in your lidded (not
airtight) container and use it over the next 14 days. The dough
“matures” over the 14 day period, improving flavor and texture of
your bread. Cut off, shape and bake more loaves as you need them.

Go to their website for more pictures on the process.Source: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

 
Have your favorite Artisan Bread at home with this quick and easy recipe!
 Have your favorite Artisan Bread at home with this quick and easy recipe!
Like the cutting board? Find a tutorial for it on my blog

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8 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Mary says:
    November 1, 2014

    Yum, I love artisan bread! I have to try this! I haven’th had the greatest turn out with my bread baking, might be one of those things you just get better at with practice!

  2. avatar
    November 2, 2014

    This was so interesting to read. There really are a couple of tricks to getting it right. I had no idea you baked it with steam… kind of like cheesecake in a water bath, right? It came out so beautifully – lucky people in your household!!

  3. avatar
    Shannon says:
    November 3, 2014

    Gah! I have been dying to try this! Never would have thought to look for the book at the library though! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  4. avatar
    November 4, 2014

    Your bread looks so delicious! I love bread, but lately I’ve been attempting to eat less of it – you’re tempting me now… 😉

  5. avatar
    Ginger says:
    November 4, 2014

    Looks sooo good! Love fresh artisan bread. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday!

  6. avatar
    Audrey says:
    November 5, 2014

    I love a good crusty loaf of artisan bread. Once I eat through the loaf I have I will give this one a try.

    #sitsblogging

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