Oma's Easy Artisan Bread Recipe ~ Krustenbrot

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Unbelievably easy artisan bread recipe that's so simple that ANYONE can make it! What's really amazing is how this tastes like the fresh Brötchen we'd get at the bakery in Germany.

Wonderful crispy, thick crust. A real Bauernbrot! Or depending on where in Germany you are, you might call this a Krustenbrot.

And, the chewy crumb that's so perfect for butter and jam. Wunderbar!

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

You'll enjoy your "German" bread! It's a hearty, rustic loaf that's so easy to make and to alter to your own tastes. German food at its best!

My own artisan bread (Bauernbrot) with whey or water. Try it. You'll love it, because it's so very easy to make.

Really! It's that simple. That's why it's part of these German recipes. It's that good! REALLY! It's also the no knead bread that is all the rage over the internet. 

You'll see this everywhere ... but mine's just a bit different and easier. 

A bit of this and a bit of that ...

  • This is a very easy bread to play around with. Try half whole wheat flour. Sprinkle with sesame seeds just before baking. Add some grated cheese. Add some herbs. Sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Using all-purpose white flour will give a slightly more chewy crust and sour-dough flavor than using white bread flour. 

Oma's Tip to make this easier ...

The original recipe calls for letting the dough rise on flour-sprinkled counter, covered with plastic wrap or kitchen towel.

Then, to transfer it to the dutch oven, one needed to remove the plastic wrap or towel (which often stuck to it) and then gently lift the dough and drop it into the dutch oven.

Often, it would stick to the fingers or roll off awkwardly. 

My own artisan bread (Bauernbrot) with whey or water.

Now, I just put the dough onto the parchment paper first and let it rise covered with a large plastic bowl.

Then, using an oven mitt in one hand to lift it, and I place it into the dutch oven, the whole thing becomes so much easier and safer.

Note: Don't have a large plastic bowl? Then use loosely placed plastic wrap over the dough.

Making Greek yogurt and have some whey?

My own artisan bread (Bauernbrot) with whey or water. Try it!

You see, I started to make Greek yogurt (and you can turn it into QUARK) and was throwing away the whey that was a by-product.

That is, until I came across this dutch oven bread, the artisan bread recipe, that's so popular. Yes, you can make this with water as normal.

But if you're like me, and have some leftover whey and my vegan friends aren't coming, the bread will be absolutely, unbelievably wonderful.

My own artisan bread (Bauernbrot) with whey or water. Try it! This is such a yummy recipe, and it acts as the perfect partner to a hot, hearty soup!

It really tastes like a sourdough-type of bread! Wunderbar!

The original recipe for this no knead artisan bread seems to come from Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery and was printed in the NY Times in 2006. Since then, this is pinned all over ... with slight variations.

Do give this a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Don't have a Dutch oven?

The best choice for baking this is a Dutch oven because it's heavy and holds the heat better. However, if you don't have one yet, then don't despair. You can still make this by using a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic).

Just make sure your pot can withstand the 450°F heat.

Once you make your bread and realize how easy and delicious it is, you'll definitely be wanting to get that Dutch oven, to make it even better!


Oma says:

By the Way: The photo with the two loaves ... showing the all-purpose flour on the left and the bread flour on the right ... my favorite is the all-purpose flour one ... just a bit more chewy and sour-doughy. 

I love serving this alongside a bowl of goulash soup.

Mind you, it would be great as a side to any bowl of soup. The crispy, thick crust and moist, chewy crumb are perfect for slathering with butter or dunking into the soup.

The first time I made this bread, my hubby's first words on tasting it were, "throw away the cookies, I'll have this instead!"


Another No Knead Bread?

Looking for a really healthy, really really healthy bread? Here's one I created many, many years ago. It has all the goodness you can incorporate. All the seeds and grains you like.

No-knead Sourdough Bread ... so easy and SO healthy!

It's a sour-dough recipe ... and does take a bit of time ... but this is also so worth it. So, give it a try after you try Oma's Artisan Bread recipe. I think you'll find it so easy that it will became a staple in your house as well.


Hummus?

Yep. Hummus. Sylvie, my daughter-in-law, shares that hummus is delicious with this. Her easy hummus recipe is so quick to make and it's becoming wildly popular in Germany. Try it. I think you'll like it too!


Ready to make Oma's Artisan Bread?

Oma's Artisan Bread Recipe

Unbelievable artisan bread recipe (A real Bauernbrot or Krustenbrot!) that's so simple that ANYONE can make it! What's really amazing is how this tastes like the fresh Brötchen we'd get at the bakery in Germany.

Wonderful crispy, thick crust. Chewy crumb that's so perfect for butter and jam. Wunderbar! For another easy no-knead bread, take a look at my sourdough version.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Bake Time

45 minutes

Total Time

55 minutes + 18 hours rise time

Servings:

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (390 grams) all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1½ teaspoons (5 grams) active dry yeast 
  • 1½ cups (360 milliliters) warm water
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt
  • extra flour for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Mix the first four ingredients together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or use your hands. The dough will be sticky and look a mess!
  2. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let the bowl sit on the counter (at room temperature) for at least 12 hours and up to 18 hours. The dough will rise and the top will be bubbly and sticky.
  3. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside of dutch oven. Place paper on counter and sprinkle lightly with flour.
  4. Lightly sprinkle flour on counter. Gently put the dough on it. Sprinkle a bit of flour on top and fold the dough over on itself twice, shaping it into an elongated ball.
  5. Gently place onto parchment paper. Cover with a large bowl that doesn't touch the dough.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) and put your Dutch oven into the oven to heat for about 30 minutes.
  7. Slash the top of the dough with a sharp knife or lame blade.
  8. Remove preheated dutch oven and, using oven mitts, gently lift parchment paper with dough  into it and cover with lid. Be careful ... use oven mitts! Return to oven.
  9. Bake at 450°F for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
  10. Remove to a rack and let cool for about 1 hour before slicing.

Notes/Hints:

  • Try half whole wheat flour. Sprinkle with sesame seeds just before baking. Add some grated cheese. Add some herbs. Sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Using all-purpose white flour will give a slightly more chewy crust and sour-dough flavor than using white bread flour.
  • Wanting another easy bread? Try my no-knead sourdough bread!

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Oma's Easy Artisan Bread Recipe ~ Krustenbrot

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Easy Artisan Bread Recipe (Bauernbrot) baked Just like Oma
Unbelievable artisan bread recipe that's so simple that ANYONE can make it! Really! It's that simple. It's what I make when I get a craving for Brötchen!

Ingredients: flour, yeast, water, salt,

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