Monday, April 27, 2020

Artisan Bread

 I've been baking a lot during this shelter in place from the pandemic.  This Artisan Bread was one that my beloved hubby enjoyed.  It's such an easy recipe and it makes four loaves that you can bake when needed, and the dough keeps in the fridge for two weeks. I shared the recipe for this bread when I first started blogging, but I thought I'd share it again. How about some homemade raspberry jam with your slice of bread?

 My sweet late mom always had me drink tea from this pretty teacup when I went to her house. Isn't it beautiful?  It's a Rosina teacup # 5005.  I love the pretty flowers covering it.  

Doesn't the teacup look pretty on my beautifully embroidered  luncheon cloth that my friend, Joy, gifted me?  

 These two little sweethearts came to spend the night!  On their way over to my house, Harper told her Dad, my youngest son, that she wanted to stay for two nights.  Kevin must've said that they'd have to check with me, and Harper said, "Oh Nana will let us because we are her two little angels".  That Harper knows me well, doesn't she?!


My son, Mike, and I walked them to an open park, and the girls set up a tea party right on the side walk.  They found lots of painted rocks that were hidden by the neighborhood  people. I said "hi" to one little boy that was riding his bike and he said, "I can't play because of the coronavirus". 

Yield: 4 loaves

Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread

This is such an easy bread and the dough keep in the fridge for two weeks. I hope you try it! You can even use the dough to make pizzas.


  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough
  • Cornmeal


  1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into the lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).
  2.  Bake at this point or refrigerate the rest of the dough, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece . Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on parchment paper that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Allow to rest for 40 minutes. Keep the rest of the dough in a covered container that is not airtight, in the fridge.
  3. Twenty minutes before baking time, preheat the oven to 450 degrees, with a baking stone placed on the middle rack. Place an empty broiler pan on any other shelf that won't interfere with the rising bread.
  4.  Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone by using a rimless cookie sheet (who needs a pizza peel??) parchment paper & all. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 35 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Yield: 4 1-lb. loaves.
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I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Your loaf of bread looks absolutely perfect Kitty! I love the idea of hiding the painted rocks, very fun. Be safe and take care:@)

  2. Kitty, Your bread looks delicious, I’m glad you shared the recipe again! I love your pretty floral chintz tea cup and embroidered tablecloth and who could say ‘no’ to those cute girls?! Mike looks like he’s such a good sport and uncle playing ‘tea party’...I see he wore his best necklace to the tea party too. ;) Happy Monday ♥

  3. That is a beautiful loaf! I do not allow myself to bake in this time of isolation. I'd be trapped in the house as I'd not fit through the door.

    Your granddaughters know that they are so very loved. What a wonderful gift you have given them. 💕

  4. The bread looks so good and I bet tastes yummy. Your grandchildren are just precious. Enjoy the week Kitty.

  5. The bread looks delicious, and I do like your tea cup and embroidered tablecloth.
    The girls are just so cute.

    All the best Jan

  6. Hummm,yummy!I just love your adorable teacup and gorgeous cloth!Your Grands are so cute!Your posts always make me smile!Hugs!

  7. Love your table setting, the bread looks delicious! I've always enjoyed coffee with bread, butter and jam. Your pretty chintz teacup is perfect to enjoy with the delicious bread. Lovely luncheon cloth perfect for a spring day. I love how Mike is sitting on the sidewalk and having tea with the girls. LOL, I love what the little boy said to you. Enjoy this beautiful week........

  8. Love the pretty chintz design of your mom's Rosina teacup!

    It seems like your younger granddaughter was just a baby and now she's having a tea party with Chip and Mrs. Potts!

  9. Delicious looking bread, Kitty. Fresh bread and butter is a great weakness of mine. Your two little angels know you well, and they know you love them so.

  10. Your bread looks so yummy, Kitty! My husband has been baking nearly every day - he is a big bread eater. He's made Challah, French bread, lots of pita bread - and lots and lots of pretzels. I don't eat bread much but whew it isn't easy to say no to these lovely bakes! Slather with fresh Amish butter and I am in like Flynn!

    Love your beautiful Rosina chintz teacup of your momma's. She sure was a lady of grace and style. I am so blessed to have me her!

    SO.... did your 2 little angels stay two nights? Hope so. ♥♥

    Stay healthy, my dear friend. Big hugs!!

  11. That looks delicious! We made a similar looking bread but ours only made one loaf and it was gone in 24 hours. I like that this recipe makes so much. Pinned.

  12. The luncheon cloth is so pretty and I am going to have to make your bread, I love to bake.

  13. Your tea party is perfect, Kitty! I finally received my yeast that I ordered online. I'd love to try your bread recipe! If you want to just bake one loaf, do you just take 1/4 of the dough and refrigerate the rest? I hope that wasn't a stupid question. What fun to have your grands for a few nights! xoxo

  14. Oh, my goodness! That little Harper telling her Daddy that! Can you imagine? She sure knows who is wrapped around her little finger, right? LOL! She knows you would allow her to do anything she asked. How precious and sweet! I am glad you all got to get out and play at the park. God bless all of you, my friend.

  15. Oh Kitty the girls are adorable!!! I am so glad you were able to spend time with them. Thank you for sharing the bread recipe. I may not get to try it anytime soon since I haven't seen yeast in a while. I am sure you have lots of nice memories with the tea cup. I am so glad you continue to use it. XOXOXO Monica

  16. SO many smiles in this post Kitty! I just love it all....the teacup couldn't be prettier, and I love your little gals know Nana so well. =D The bread sounds amazing! I am pinning this one for sure. How sweet to have a tea party on the sidewalk. So very sweet! Stay safe and well my dear friend. Hugs across the miles. XO

  17. You're so lucky to be able to see your grands Kitty, and that's wonderful that they love to come spend the night :) It tears my heart when I hear small children talking about the Corona virus...Your teacup is beautiful, what a special memory of your mom. The bread sounds wonderful, but I have a question~ you said the dough will keep for 4 weeks in the fridge, but the recipe says 2 weeks? I love that you can use it for pizza too, thanks Kitty!

  18. Oh how wonderful that you are getting to be together! Love how matter-of-fact kids are about the 'new normal'. They're so much more resilient than adults lol! I am SO going to try this bread. I've been very careful to not bake or make too much 'comfort' food but I like that you can keep this dough and bake later!

  19. Kitty, You must have a wonderful metabolism to bake all the time and never put on weight.
    I am crazy about your tea cup that was your moms! Makes me sad for you. I miss seeing her in pictures and hearing about what you would do on visits.
    Your grands are adorable and they sure love their grandmother. You are so good to them.
    Looking at your side bar with the blogs you follow makes me miss my blog roll.
    Have a great week.

  20. I love that tea cup and your bread looks so delicious, Kitty. I haven't made a no-knead artisan loaf in far too long so I appreciate the reminder! Yours look perfect and with strawberry jam, oh my. How lucky you are to have had your adorable grands overnight. I can tell they love their Nana ♥

  21. Kitty, the break looks wonderful and it makes so much. My hubby would love it, since he loves bread. Easy is good. Your mom’s teacup is so lovely. I know you are enjoying your sweet time with the littles. Hugs

  22. I've printed this recipe off Kitty! It has no sugar in it, which makes me think it is more like a sourdough bread, and I love that it can keep in the fridge for two weeks. What a sweet tea party you had with the girls, but I felt so sad to hear the little boy's words. What kind of fears are in children's minds with all that is going on. It is just so sad. I hope you have a blessed Mother's Day!


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