There is nothing quite as tempting to the senses as a freshly baked loaf of artisanal bread. The aroma, as it drifts throughout the kitchen. Kneading the dough, watching it rise and bake, and then feeling the warmth as you pull your bread from the oven. The crisp sound of falling crumbs as you cut into the crust to get to the soft and tender inside. That delectable first bite, dripping with melted butter. No matter how you slice it, homemade artisanal bread is rustic comfort food at it’s finest. And while it may look tricky to achieve at home, baking your own bread is really rather simple. Here, we’ve gathered a few easy to follow recipes for the beginner bread artisan. They all call for basic ingredients found in your kitchen pantry cabinet, and no fancy tools are required. So, spread some flour on your kitchen island countertop, and let’s get started!
Basic Artisan Bread
This Homemade Artisan Bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction is the perfect first recipe for beginners. It calls for just four ingredients—yeast, bread flour, water and salt—and is virtually foolproof. It’s also deliciously light and airy, like a French baguette, with a slightly chewy crust. Click here for photos and detailed instructions from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Easy Wheat Bread
This Easy Homemade Wheat Bread from Minimalist Baker is a bit heartier, with wheat flour, millet, and oats. And while it requires a few more ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet, the recipe is uncomplicated and simple. Once baked, this whole grain bread is crusty on the outside, and warm and tender on the inside. Like a cozy farmhouse with rustic kitchen cabinets, it’s sure to warm the heart. For the recipe from Minimalist Baker, click here.
Savory Parmesan Herb Bread
We love this fragrant Savory Herb Bread from The Stay At Home Chef. It’s easy to make and can be mixed by hand with little effort. The recipe calls for staple ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet and dried herbs from your spice drawer, such as rosemary, basil, and oregano. If you prefer, you can also substitute freshly minced herbs from your kitchen herb garden. Click here for the complete recipe from The Stay At Home Chef.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Loaded with spicy cinnamon and juicy raisins, this sweet bake from Fifteen Spatulas is perfect for breakfast. But first, you will need to pull up your heavy duty mixer. The recipe has a few more steps than the others on this list, but it is still simple to make on the kitchen island countertop. It’s also well worth the effort! For the ingredients and instructions from Fifteen Spatulas, click here.
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