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How-To: Rustic Artisan Bread

I know some of you may have the urge to slowly back away from the computer upon seeing such an astoundingly beautiful loaf of bread, but please do not fear! You need not be an accomplished baker to make this bread. This recipe is not nearly as daunting as you would imagine. Not even close. In fact, it may be the easiest loaf of bread you’ll ever make in your life. And probably the most impressive as well. It’s an all around magical loaf of bread.

The hardest part about making this bread is the long, arduous waiting period while the dough is rising. It kills me every time. It takes 12-24 hours to rise, which is just plain cruel if you ask me. I just want bread in my face. I mean, really, isn’t that what we all want?

Rustic Artisan Bread

makes 1 beautiful loaf

adapted from Living on Love


  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110F)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic (optional, but highly encouraged)


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of the warm water, and let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Add in flour, salt and remaining water; stir to form a sticky dough. Stir in garlic (if using). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 450F. Heat a dutch oven (I use a 6 quart cast iron dutch oven, but an enamel dutch oven or even a large oven safe pot with a lid would work) in the oven for 30 minutes until searing hot.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a heavily floured surface. Dust some flour on the top too, because it makes it look fancy. Plop the dough into the hot dutch oven and bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. And eat some while it’s still warm, for goodness sake.

About Gemma Hartley

Gemma Hartley
Gemma Hartley is a stay-at-home mom of two: her wild-boy toddler, Lucas and newborn daughter, Avery. Gemma and her husband are high school sweethearts who moved from Dayton to attend UNR, and soon fell in love with Reno – settling into a cozy house in the Northwest shortly after they were married. In 2010, at 22-years-old, Gemma graduated from UNR with her BA in English Writing, then gave birth to Lucas the next week. Gemma loves being a young mama, especially in Reno where she has plenty of opportunities to explore and play outdoors with her babies. She also loves cooking (especially baking), running (slowly), and crafting (sporadically). You can read more about Gemma and her family’s adventures on her blog Journey of Love.

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