Homemade Artisan Bread

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups hot tap water

I start this recipe by making it in a 6 quart enameled cast iron round casserole, adding all the ingredients in the sequence listed above. Then I use a large wooden spoon to mix it all together. After 2 minutes of mixing, the mixture will form a ball. Place the lid on the pot and move to a warm place and let sit for 2-5 hours.

After the rising time, mix the bread again with a clean large wooden spoon until it forms a ball again. Using a sharp knife, cut an X  or hash sign " # "on the top of the ball because it's going release it's steam while baking and may crack there.

Create a water bath on the lower rack by adding an inch of water in a glass casserole.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Place the round casserole pot on the center rack. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

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