Easy Crusty Bread


4 cups all purpose flour

1-1/2 cups warm water

1-1/4 tsp active dry yeast

1 tsp salt

extra flour for dusting

Sift flour into a big bowl and then add the dry yeast. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the warm water. Mix with a wooden spoon and then add the salt and mix. Your dough sound be sticky and not smooth. Sprinkle a little flour over the top and cover the bowl first with plastic wrap and then a towel. Leave in a warm draft free place to rise for at least an hour. I always start at an hour but have left it a lot longer it just depends on how warm my house is or what else I have going on. 😉

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray paper with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 430 degrees.

When the dough doubles in size. Spread a little flour on you counter and flip out dough. Divide into 3 round balls and place on prepared baking sheet. I always sprinkle a little flour on top and the cut either a star in the middle or 3 lines in it to help the steam escape will baking with a serrated knife.

Bake 15-20 minutes on 430 degrees and then lower the temperature to 320 degrees and bake another 10-15 minutes. You should have a warm brown colored crusty top when bread is done. Cool on a wire rack about 10 minutes before slicing and serving! 🙂



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