4 Ingredient Artisan Style Bread

If you have looked around my site, you will have noticed….I LOVE bread. I know some people are scared to make bread and think it’s too time consuming BUT it really isn’t! It is worth every minute. I saw a super neat pin on Pinterest of a loaf of bread I just had to try. Let me start by saying this bread doesn’t require a mixer or kneading!  You just place ingredients into a bowl, stir, let rise, and then bake! That’s it….only four ingredients too! I hope you are now convinced to go make this bread. I promise it’s easy AND the dough keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks. SO you can have any amount of bread ready in minutes with this dough in the fridge! BONUS!


  • 3 cups of warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 6 and 1/2 cups of bread flour (can also use all purpose flour)


  • Pour water into a large bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. (No need to let the yeast proof here)
  • Mix in salt and flour with a wooden spoon until it is all mixed together well.
  • Cover the bowl loosely with a lid (not airtight) and let it rise for two hours.
  • Place bowl (lid still on) into the fridge.
  • When you are ready to bake, pull dough out of fridge and lightly sprinkle flour on top. This is a sticky, wet dough so the flour will help you shape the bread. Tear or cut off the desired amount of dough and shape as desired. I took a large ball of dough and shaped it into a rectangle. Then rolled it up to make a loaf.  Use flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to surface and hands.
  • Place remaining dough (covered) back into fridge to use later. This dough keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks and the flavor changes a bit with age….talk about deliciousness here!
  • Now back to the loaf you just shaped. Let it rest for 20 minutes while preheating the oven to 450.
  • I like to bake bread on a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. You do have to be careful as parchment paper can and will burn at high temperatures!
  • When your oven is preheated, pour one cup of warm water into a roasting pan or pan with sides (nothing glass). Place this pan of water on the bottom rack of your oven. Put your bread loaf into the oven on shelf above the water pan. Close oven quickly and bake loaf for 20 to 25 minutes until golden in color.
  • That’s it! ENJOY!

This is what my loaf looked like prior to baking. I cut the dough with scissors at a 45 degree angle. For more on how to do this, please visit this amazing site that has the original recipe as well!

And another picture of this bread recipe made into bread bowls for soup!


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