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Quick Bakery Style Crispy Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

Whether you're new to bread making or in a hurry, this Crispy Bread recipe will have you baking it daily! French bakery-style crunchy bread on your table in under an hour! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy bread recipe, quick crsipy bread recipe
Servings: 2 small loaves or 1 large loaf
Author: Jackie
  • 2 cups warm water warm to the touch but not hot
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons INSTANT dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Allow to sit and “bloom” for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add flour and salt. Knead until the dough forms a ball and is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside while the oven is preheating.
  3. Place dutch oven with lid in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. About 3-4 minutes before starting the bake, divide bread dough in half. Shape one half into a round. Return the other half of dough to bowl and cover.
  5. Once oven is hot, carefully remove the dutch oven and place it on your stove. While still using oven mitts, remove the lid of the pot.
  6. Place the shaped dough into the hot pot and use oven mitts to replace the lid. Place the whole pot into the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
  7. Once bread has cooked for 20 minutes, remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Once done, carefully remove from oven and use a tong to remove the loaf. Place loaf on a cooling rack.
  9. While pan is still hot, add the second half of the dough. Cover and place in the oven to cook for 25 minutes, then remove the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Recipe Notes

Bread can be stored at room temperature for 2 days or cooled and wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw before serving. To crisp loaf up, spray with cold water and warm in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.

To make a larger loaf, use a 7.5 qt dutch oven. Cook bread for 30 minutes with lid, then remove the lid and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the outside.