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					Artisan bread has been considered one of the best breads ever invented, made without
any chemicals and very few basic ingredients, these breads are by far superior to most.
Flour, water, salt and yeast are the main ingredients in making bread. Although other
ingredients may be added according to what type of artisan bread you wish to make.
Some have added onions, cheeses. Artisan breads are found to be more flavorful,
since bakers use only the best ingredients, but they do have a short shelf life and
should be eaten within a couple of days or you can put it in your freezer immediately
after purchase, for use at a later date.

There are many types of artisan breads; you have French bread, fococcia, deli rye and
more. One of the secrets of artisan bread is the way it is prepared and baked. Artisan
bread is handmade; you may use a mixer for the kneading process but the rest, like
shaping or dividing the dough, must be done by hand. Artisan breads are not made in
conventional ovens but are baked on a stone, which helps to give it that delicious
crispy crust everyone loves. Artisan breads have been used to make pizzas, submarine
sandwiches, croissants and Italian loafs stuffed with cheeses, olives, and Italian herbs.
Another example of delicious Artisan bread is the fabulous chocolate bread, filled
with chocolate chips and cocoa.

If you're not lucky enough to have a bakery close by that bakes artisan breads, there is
a way you can enjoy this wonderfully tasteful bread at home. You can make it
yourself, right in your own kitchen. Start with your basic bread recipe, and you may
add ingredients of your choosing, such as olive oil, honey, etc. But remember, if you
add a liquid ingredient this adds hydration to your dough, but this could make your
dough easier to handle when it comes to the kneading process. If you want firmer
dough to work with let it set for 15 or 20 minutes. Knead and fold dough several times
until the proper consistency, then place it in an oiled bowl and be sure dough is
slightly oiled all over, and then place in a warm area, cover with a clean cloth and let
it rise until it is twice its size. But if you want to experience its full flavor, let the
dough rise slowly, by putting it in a cooler area. After it has risen, remove from bowl
and separate into the amount of loaves you prefer, place in baking pans and cover to
let it rise once more to twice its size.

Now you're ready to bake your loaves of delicious homemade artisan bread. Preheat
your oven and bake as directed on the recipe you chose. After bread is done baking,
remove from oven and set out to cool before slicing. The internet has many varieties
of bread recipes at your disposal, and all you have to do is click on the web and you'll
find some of the most delicious bread recipes to make for your family. Homemade
breads have so much more flavor than the packaged breads we purchase at our local
grocers. There may be a bit of work to preparing bread at home in our own kitchens,
but once you bite into that delicious loaf of artisan bread, you'll see it was worth the
extra effort.

				
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