The recipe for Artisan Bread is so easy. I’m including it here but I really recommend that you check out the book, too. The authors give lots of tips and include many more delicious recipes as well. Here is a link to their website.
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Artisan Bread Recipe
6 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 Tbs. salt
1 1/2 Tbs. yeast
All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and then put them in a plastic container so they can rise. Make sure the container is NOT air tight or you will end up with dough on your ceiling, like I did. Let the dough rise all day, then put it in your fridge. This is an important step, because it helps it become less sticky.
An hour and half before you are ready to bake, take a chunk of dough off, shape it into a round loaf, cover it and let it rise for 1 1/2 hours. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 F. Make sure you have a rack on the very bottom and another rack over it. You will steam your bread so find a pan you don’t mind to ruin. Bake your bread on a preheated stone, so put that in the oven when you turn it on.
After your bread has risen, and your oven is hot, get a cup of water ready. Quickly transfer the bread to the hot stone, dump the water in the bottom pan and shut your oven door. Bake the bread for a half hour.
Once you’ve got the basics down, get creative and see what you can make! Enjoy.