Rustic Bread Recipe: A Perfect Use for the Wood Handle Bench Scraper!

Are you tired of store-bought bread that doesn't quite hit the spot? Why not try making your own rustic bread at home? Not only is it more satisfying to bake your own bread, but the aroma wafting through your home will make everyone's mouth water.

To make this rustic bread recipe, you'll need:


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp (1 pkg) active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 6 cups (750 g) flour
  • 3 tsp salt


  1. Mix water, yeast, and sugar in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Let sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Add flour and salt. Mix until combined into a soft dough. (The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch, but not so that much comes off on your hands. If it’s too sticky to handle, add ¼ cup flour at a time.)
  3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and kitchen towel. Let rise for 1-3 hours, if possible! I’ve run out of time before and let it rise for only 30-60 mins and it still works, but the longer, the better!
  4. Preheat oven to 450°F and put a pizza stone or flipped-over cookie sheet in the oven to heat up.
  5. Fill a baking dish with 2 inches of water and place on the bottom rack to create steam for an extra crispy crust.
  6. Sprinkle flour on the counter, turn out the dough, fold on itself, divide in half and form it into 2 balls. Don’t knead or handle it more than you need to. Add a little flour if it’s too sticky.
  7. Cut an X shape on the top of the balls with a sharp knife.
  8. Place on a lightly floured pan, then place on top of the hot pizza stone or cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through

If you want something that effortlessly cuts through dough and shapes it into perfect balls, Atlas Steel Co. has got you covered. If you want to cut down on time and make your baking more efficient, get the Wood Handle Bench Scraper and you'll never want to go back!

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