Artisan bread is so simple to bake! Even if you\u2019ve never handled dough or yeast before in your life, you couldn\u2019t go wrong with this bread. In no time at all, you could be a successful baker and think of the kids, too! They\u2019ll love this crusty, chewy, nutritious, filling and fulfilling, sourdough-like Artisan Bread made lovingly by mum herself! It\u2019ll be a proud moment. You won\u2019t need to knead anything. You can shape it any way you want. You won\u2019t need special pans and molds or stand mixers and equipment; it can be baked so long as you have an oven. You won\u2019t even need much effort and time \u2500 just 5 minutes of hands-on activity and in 3 hours \u2500 Viola! You\u2019ll have your gorgeous loaf. Best of all \u2500 you won\u2019t need to spend much because it is made with only four inexpensive ingredients:\u00a0 1) Flour 2) Salt 3) Water 4) Yeast. Why is it called Artisan Bread? It\u2019s Artisan because it\u2019s one-of-a-kind, made by hand and not mass produced. And just in case you want to know why it\u2019s called Artisan Bread, here\u2019s an explanation: The term \u201cartisan\u201d is used\u00a0to describe food produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost. Tastes and processes, such as fermentation, are allowed to develop slowly and naturally, rather than curtailed for mass-production. The term Artisan Bread conjures the image of artisan bakers who are masters of their craft, shaping breads by hand and only using the basic bread ingredients. Flour, water, salt and yeast are the key ingredients of most artisan breads\u2014and a lack of chemical additives in its ingredients list is a sign that it is truly artisan. How to Enjoy Artisan Bread \u2500 Here\u2019s One Way There are a hundred ways to enjoy Artisan Bread\u2014you can use it to mop up gravy, soup or curry, you can eat it with butter and kaya, eat it \u201cnekkid\u201d or build it up with running yolk like so! https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vOFhMjpx-4-o So without further ado\u2026let\u2019s jump straight in! Recipe for You Homemade Artisan Bread Ingredients: Only 4 Required 1.Bread Flour or All-Purpose Flour or Wheat Flour: 3 Cups or 450gm Bread Flour is the best flour to make your Artisan Bread with although you can use any type of flour, even All-Purpose Flour, if you can\u2019t find bread flour. Bread flour in Malaysia is known as Hi-Protein flour or simply Tepung Roti, and it will give you the holey, chewy consistency akin to sourdough bread. But hey, if it\u2019s not stocked in your nearest grocery store, don\u2019t sweat it. Use Wheat Flour\/Tepung Gandum like we did! It will yield a denser, heavier bread without so many holes as compared to a Bread Flour- made Artisan loaf, but it will still turn out and look and taste just as awesome! 2. Instant Yeast: 1\/2 teaspoon The other magic ingredient is Instant Yeast. Actually any yeast such as Dry Yeast will also do because Artisan Bread is so forgiving. It\u2019s just that using Instant Yeast saves you the extra step of first having to dissolve the dry yeast in water. So if you want to save any miniscule effort in making the bread, get Instant Yeast. A box with many sachets inside costs just RM2.00 to RM4.00. 3.Very Warm Water: 1.5 Cups or 375ml Use Very Warm Water (but not boiling water) because warmth will help the yeast work faster, especially if you are thinking of baking the bread as soon as the dough has risen, and that\u2019s in three hours. 4. Coarse Salt: 1 teaspoon Use Himalayan Rock Salt or plain Coarse Sea Salt because it will give the bread better oomph than fine table salt. Utensils You Will Need A large mixing bowl, spatula, bread scraper, measuring cups, sieve Method Remember to sieve the flour to eliminate clumps. (A) Sieve in 3 cups of flour into large mixing bowl. Combine all dry ingredients. (B) Add in 1\/2 teaspoon of instant yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt to flour and combine. Pour in hot water. (C) Add 1 and 1\/2 cups of very warm water (not hot or boiling) to dry ingredients. Mix everything up. (D) Combine all ingredients until it achieves a wet, sticky consistency. No need to overmix. It should be loose and wobbly. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave it. When the dough has doubled its size. (E) Cover with a towel or saran wrap and let dough rest for 3 hours in a dark, warm place. After 3 hours, the dough should have risen and doubled in size. Tip: One of the nicest things about making Artisan Bread dough is that you don\u2019t have to bake immediately if you don\u2019t want to. You can have the dough pre-prepared and refrigerated for up to 3 days! Yes! Bake anytime in between when you are free. In fact, the longer you let the dough ferment in the refrigerator, the tastier your eventual work of art will be when it\u2019s baked. If you have refrigerated the dough and would now like to bake, leave the bowl on the counter at room temperature for at least an hour before baking. Cold dough will not rise as well.\u00a0\u00a0 Pour out your sticky dough onto a lightly floured surface. (F) Lightly flour a flat, clean surface and pour dough out. You can pour it on baking paper but if you don\u2019t have it, any flat surface will do. Preheat oven to 230 degrees Celsius. The lovely thing about making this bread is that you can fold the dough into any shape you like but here to make things easy, round is preferred. (G) Use your bread scraper to fold the corners of the dough into a round shape. Don\u2019t worry if it is not perfectly round. Place the dough on a floured pan. If you have shaped the dough on baking paper, you can lift the whole sheet and place the whole thing on to the pan. If baking paper is not used, use your bread scraper to lift the dough and place it on the pan. Note 1: Normally, a Dutch oven or heavy metal pot with a tight fitting lid is used in baking Artisan Bread but if you don\u2019t have one, you can place the dough on any pan. Your bread will still be baked as intended. Cut the dough to allow the bread to rise through when it is baking. (H) With a very sharp knife or a blade, create 3 slashes on the top surface of the dough, making sure the slashes are at least 1\/2 centimeters deep. (I) While the oven is preheating, cover the dough and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. The nice thing about Artisan Bread is that it has baking flexibility, too. You can bake it on a pan or bake it in a Dutch oven. (J) Once the oven is hot enough, place your dough in the oven on the middle rack. At the bottom, fill a pan with very hot or boiling water. This will create steam to rise through the dough as it bakes, creating a baked but steamed bread at the same time. Note 2: If you are using a Dutch oven instead, close the lid and place the whole pot into the oven. You will then not need to place a pan of boiling water as the tightly closed lid of the pot will create the steam in itself. Bake for 30 minutes. Your Artisan Bread should be bursting with goodness after 30 minutes. If it is not dark or crispy and crusty enough, pop the bread back into the oven to darken it further. (K) After 30 minutes, your bread should look like this. Pop it back into the oven and bake it for an additional 5 to 10 minutes depending on how dark and how crispy you want the outer layer to be. This is what your Artisan Bread should look like after another additional 10 minutes of browning. And it\u2019s ready to eat any way you like it! Bon App\u00e9tit! (L) And here\u2019s the end result! Nicely browned and crunchy. Cool on the rack for 10 minutes before slicing to enjoy it! Mmmm\u2026nom nom\u2026 *Recipe and All Images and Video Courtesy of Melissa-Jane. And there you have it! For more easy and exciting recipes like this, always refer to Motherhood.com.my.