Monday, November 9, 2015

The Best & Easiest Peasant Bread Ever - Tried & True

Today's tried and true recipe is known as "My Mother's Peasant Bread: The Best Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make," from Alexandra's Kitchen. My friends, she is so right. This wonderful bread is moist and spongy on the inside, with a delicious crispy, buttery crust. I have been making this bread for a few years now and decided to add it to my recipe collection here, so my girls will always be able to find it in the future.  
Alexandra's Kitchen has a Gluten-Free Version for this Peasant Bread, head here: Gluten-Free Peasant Bread.

With only a few ingredients and little work (no kneading required), in about 3 hours, from start to finish, you have two loaves of warm delicious bread, fresh out of the oven...and the buttery crust...oh my! I love this bread. 

This recipe makes two small loaves of bread. You bake them in two small, 1 quart oven-proof bowls. I purchased a set of bowls on Amazon - Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl, Clear - Pack of 2. If you need bowls, you can find them on and purchase them through my affiliate link, here (*please see disclosure below)Alexandra shares the vintage bowls she uses (lucky) and other places you can purchase bowls to make the bread - that is, if you don't already have them in your home.

When Alexandra stated in her post, she would be proud to serve this bread to Peter Reinhart (my sister I made Reinhart's bagel recipe...the BEST bagels ever), I had to try this bread. She also said, of all the recipes, if she had to pick one to share, this would be it.  

This bread is wonderful served warm, fresh out of the oven. It also makes perfect toast and is great for sandwiches. 

Did I mention the crust is crunchy and buttery? Pure heaven.  

Here is the peasant bread toasted and topped with butter and my sister's homemade jam. Such a treat! I'll be sharing this delicious tried & true jam soon, stayed tuned.  

So, ready to make some bread? 

NOTE: When I share a tried & true recipe, I always credit the source and often will send you to the site for the directions. All you need to do is click on "Alexandra's Kitchen" below and it will take you to the full recipe. One extra click for an awesome recipe, that's it! It's important to me to share the love and send you to the original source.

'My Mother's Peasant Bread: The Best Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make' 

From Alexandra's Kitchen 

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar (she uses 2 teaspoons, her mom uses 3)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (Alexandra has great tips on yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (to grease your bowls)
Please head to Alexandra's Kitchen, which includes great step-by-step photos and videos

Be sure to read her tips on foolproof lukewarm water, a foolproof way to make sure your yeast is active.  Alexandra also includes different variations for the bread, like Faux Focaccia and Thyme Dinner Rolls. She even has a recipe for Gluten-Free Peasant Bread.  

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Are these Pyrex bowls?

Mary N said...

Yes, the bowls are Pyrex Oven-Safe Bowls. Here is the link to the ones I use (Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl, Clear (Pack of 2):

Anonymous said...

Could you please add directions as the link is broken to Alexandra's site. Thanks.