This rustic bread recipe is sheer perfection. Dip it in soup, grill it up with some garlic and olive oil - the possibilities are endless.
I’m of the opinion that there is hardly anything better than homemade rustic bread. It’s a bold statement, but I’m sticking to it. For me, a hot loaf of homemade bread is the very definition of home and comfort and love.
Just the thought of pulling a loaf of crusty, warm bread out of the oven conjures up images of my grandmother in her faded apron, kneading dough at the kitchen counter with wrinkled, experienced hands. Though I can’t claim to be nearly the expert on bread that my grandmother is, I do know that adding a loaf of homemade bread, even just a simple loaf of peasant Bread, to any menu is sure to be a welcomed addition.
This rustic bread recipe differs from other homemade breads in that it is much simpler to make. While most homemade bread recipes require hours of rise time and skilled attention to kneading and shaping loaves, this simple peasant bread can be on the table in just 3 hours.
It is most often cooked as a round, free form loaf, which eliminates the need for bread pans and fancy shaping techniques. It’s not artisan bread, but it is golden with a crispy crust and moist center that are the hallmarks of great bread.
This rustic bread recipe is a basic recipe to get you started. The nice thing about this type of bread is you can experiment with flour and grain combinations in your own kitchen. You can certainly make this with all purpose flour, but I recommend adding in a least one whole grain flour. I normally use spelt flour because it makes for a lighter texture than whole wheat flour, but even rye flour works well in this recipe.
This is one recipe that always guarantees satisfied smiles and compliments to the chef.