How to Make Perfect Artisan Bread {Step by Step Instructions and Pictures}
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Throwing the ice cubes in your oven during baking is what gives the crust a nice chewy and a slight crusty outer crust. This bread only needs to rise once!
Recipe type: Crusty Artisan Bread
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4-5 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  1. Add yeast to warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle 2 tbsp cornmeal onto a large baking sheet.
  3. Add sugar, salt, and olive oil to yeast-water mixture.
  4. Add the flour starting with four cups.
  5. Mix in a stand mixer or knead by hand until dough comes together and no longer sticks to edges of bowl. You will most likely need to add the additional fifth cup of flour.
  6. Once dough is not sticking to the bowl, continue to knead for 3-5 minutes.
  7. With floured hands, divide dough into two equal pieces and form each piece into a ball.
  8. Place dough balls 4-5 inches apart on the baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
  9. Generously coat each dough ball with flour.
  10. Using a serrated knife, make a tic-tac-toe design on the top of each ball.
  11. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 40-60 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  12. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  13. Uncover dough that has doubled in size and place on middle rack in your preheated oven.
  14. Throw 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of the oven and close door. This is the magic step that makes the crust on the bread AMAZING!
  15. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
  16. Remove bread from oven and cool on rack.
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at