Artisan Bread with Sunflower Seed Topping

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Have you seen the cost of Artisan bread in the store? I’ve heard reports ranging $4 to $6 for a loaf that may look like this. Want to make your own version? Refer to my 101 post for 5-minute measuring and mixing techniques and follow these simple instructions to upgrade the look of your loaf.

I start by placing a fresh free form loaf on a piece of parchment paper and bake it right on the paper on the oven rack. AFTER, you’ve let it set for ninety minutes. Slash your loaf with a serrated knife, brush it with water and sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top.

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I use a wooden pizza peel, found at Bed Bath and Beyond for $8 with the coupon. I used to use a thin chopping board to slide it on the rack. It works just as well, with small loaves, but the pizza peel is handy for sliding large pizza crusts on hot stones or racks.

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I slide this loaf directly on an oven rack and bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for thirty minutes.

Check out the olive oil dough recipe to make this bread. There’s a canola oil recipe too. Either oil works well for delicious Artisan bread. The recipe will make three to four free form loaves, so you’ll have one to give away.

How would someone receive this fresh loaf?

If you really want to treat your guests, serve this bread with olive oil dipping sauce like Carrabbas, at your next meal.

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