Overnight Crusty Artisan Bread

Overnight Crusty Artisan Bread

It doesn’t get much easier than this. It’ll take less than 5 minutes to mix together and then after that, you just have to plan accordingly and allow yourself a timespan of 12-18 hours to let it work its magic. Either mix it late at night or first thing in the morning, depending on when you want to eat, and mostly, if you want it fresh from the oven warm. This pairs perfectly with soup and complements most meals. This bread is good on its own, with butter, or olive oil and herbs.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar/ honey
  • 1 1/2 cups cool tap water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add water and mix until combined. It will be sticky, messy, and gooey. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours.

When the time has passed, it will morph into this:

Process of Crusty Artisan Bread

When you are ready to bake the bread, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Set Dutch Oven in the oven for 30 minutes to preheat. Meanwhile on a heavily floured service, turn out dough and shape into a ball. Make sure it is covered in flour like so:

Prebaked crusty artisan bread

Cover with plastic wrap and let rest while the oven warms.

When the Dutch Oven is preheated, remove from oven and place dough in center, put the lid on the Dutch Oven, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove lid and continue baking for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven. Bread should be golden, and when tapped from the bottom, it will sound hollow.

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