My friend Lori shared this easy recipe for Artisan Bread
It truly is EASY and does it not look like I just ran to the bakery???
It is from the cookbook...Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
6 -1/2 cups all purpose flour (or bread flour)
1 - 1/2 T yeast (2 packets)
1 - 1/2 T kosher salt
3 cups warm water
mix together yeast, salt, and warm water.(no need to let the yeast sit)
add in flour and mix...this is a "no knead" dough
mix well and let sit covered (but not air tight) in the bowl for at least 2 hours or better yet, make the dough in the morning and bake in the afternoon ...you can also do it overnight in the fridge
then divide into 2 large loafs or 4 grapefruit size
place each dough on floured parchment paper and shape into loafs
(I did the dutch oven method)...so preheat oven to 500 degrees, and place dutch oven in to heat up for 20 minutes (my dutch oven is a "le crueset" style with a metal knob on the lid...if your knob is not metal, I read you could cover it with foil to make it ovenproof to 500. there are other methods which you can read about HERE
once heated...take one of the loaves, flour the top and slice across the top (4 or so times)....CAREFULLY take the dutch oven out of the oven and remove the lid, and place the dough ON the parchment paper inside and cover...place back in oven for 15 min....let additional loaves just sit while one bakes
after 15 min...remove lid, turn oven down to 450 and bake another 15 min...remove and place on cooling rack.
before you bake the next loaf put the lid of the dutch oven back in at 500 to pre-heat