Who doesn’t love fresh, warm bread? Especially if its super easy to prepare any day of the week.  I’ve been making this bread recipe for years and its never failed me.

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 Cups Lukewarm (not hot!) water
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt (2 teaspoons if you are using regular table salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Cooking Spray
  • Dutch oven with lid, or large glass Pyrex bowl

In a small mixing bowl, combine lukewarm water, sugar and yeast.  Make sure your water is not too hot…it will kill the yeast and it will not activate.  Stir the mixture slightly and then let sit for 10 minutes.  You will begin to notice the top of the yeast mixture will begin to bubble and foam.  Set aside. peasant-bread

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, and oil.  Make sure you combine ingredients well before adding yeast mixture because salt will kill yeast and your bread will not rise properly.

Carefully stir yeast mixture into flour mixture.  This will be a shaggy mixture.  You will notice it will be slightly sticky and wet.

Lightly cover your mixing bowl with plastic wrap and set near a warm spot.  I like to preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then turn it off and set the bowl on top of the oven.  Let sit and rise for 2 hours.

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First Rise

After your bread has risen for 2 hours, you will then “punch” it down….using your hands pull the dough from the sides of the bowl.  Let sit on your counter for another 30-45 minutes for a second rise.  You do not need to cover it for the second rise.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Next, using cooking spray liberally spray a large Dutch oven.  This is what you will be baking your Peasant Bread in.  If you do not have a dutch oven, you can use a glass peasant-bread-6*Pyrex bowl; although the baking time and temperature will change.

After your dough has risen for the second time, transfer to your greased Dutch oven and cover with a lid.  Bake at covered at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

Once 15 minutes has passed, lower the temperature to 375 degrees and uncover your bread. Continue to bake at 375 for an additional 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, take your bread out of the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Serve warm with butter and your favorite soup.  Also delicious and sturdy enough for sandwiches. Peasant bread is even perfect with your Sunday Sauce.

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*If you are using a Pyrex Bowl to bake your bread you will need to bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

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