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Effortless Rustic Bread

Rated as 3.6 out of 5 Stars

"This is the easiest recipe for rustic bread I've ever seen. Luckily it is also the yummiest. Feel free to halve the recipe if you only want one loaf, but beware: it's so addictive you may wish you'd just baked both loaves."
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6 h 15 m servings 162
Original recipe yields 20 servings (2 loaves)


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  1. Mix water, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl until mixture becomes foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir flour into yeast mixture until well incorporated. The dough will be loose and look wet. Cover bowl loosely with a damp towel and let sit for about 5 hours.
  2. Shape dough into 2 loaves using damp hands. Place loaves on a cornmeal-dusted work surface and score the tops a few times with a sharp knife. Allow loaves to double in size, 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Place loaves on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, spraying the surface of the dough occasionally with water, until golden brown, about 20 minutes.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 162 calories; 0.5 33.7 4.8 0 527 Full nutrition

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I cut the recipe in half and just did one loaf. At 20 minutes the loaf looked done but the center was undercooked. I baked for 40 minutes. The crust was really hard to cut and the crumb was s...

Very easy recipe. I chose this for my first attempt at homemade bread and it came out perfect.

Very easy to make, I love the crustness of the bread, made it twice now, I added 1 cup of whole wheat the second time, very addictive.

It came out wonderful. But i suggest maybe cutting the dpugh into four loaves it did come out a little softer in the middle but i do like it like this!