Making crusty artisan-style bread at home is really very easy and doesn’t require much of a time investment. A heavy dutch oven, some kitchen parchment, and a large mixing bowl are the only pieces of equipment you need, other than a hot oven. Flour, water, salt, and yeast, and some optional grains and seeds, are the only ingredients. The result is a great loaf of bread and, of course, the aroma of fresh baked bread permeating the whole house.
I made a couple of videos of the process. I’m still getting the hang of scripting and filming these, so please try to ignore the amateur host and focus on the procedure. The recipe is at the bottom of the page. Try it.
Day 1: making and storing the dough:
Day 2: baking a boule: