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Simple Homemade Bread

The easiest bread you'll ever make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine French


  • 6 1/2 cup all-purpose or bread flour
  • 3 cups warm water plus 3 tbsp if using bread flour
  • 1 cup hot water for use during cooking
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • Semolina flour for dusting the resting and baking surfaces


  • Mix water, flour, yeast, and salt until fully incorporated (it will be wet and sticky).
  • Place the dough in a warm spot until it doubles in size.
  • Refrigerate the dough a minimum of 4 hours and up to 1 week (I refrigerate for 12 hours).
  • Cut off half the dough and shape and cloak into a ball (see video above).
  • Place the dough ball on a surface dusted with cornmeal or semolina flour.
  • Let the dough rise for 40 minutes in a warm spot.
  • 20 minutes into the rise, set your oven to 450°F.
  • Warm the pizza stone or cast iron pan in the oven along with the broiler pan.
  • When the rise is done, make 3-4 slashes across the top of the dough.
  • Transfer to the pizza stone/cast iron pan.
  • Pour 1 cup of hot water into the broiler pan to create the steam bath.
  • Let cook for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.
  • Slice, slather, enjoy. Note: It’s ok to slice it while warm.
  • If you're making rolls, divide your dough into 6 equal pieces.
    Shape each portion into a small roll.
    Continue with steps 6-12, however cook for only 20-25 minutes
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