Easily distinguished because of the name, it is actually what you think it is: bread and art. Fuse the two together and you get Artisan Bread. This kind of bread is crafted, so unlike the breads you see in supermarkets which are mass-produced sourdough starter.
Loaves from the supermarket differ a lot when compared to it. First off, special attention is given to the ingredients; the makers of this bread pay great carefulness whilst making this bread. Unlike the loaves which are sometimes almost done mechanically.
In making these breads, the process is special. It almost goes back to the fundamentals of old-age bread making. Back then, the breads were baked without the use of any kinds of chemicals, so it was purely natural. And now, these breads are no different.
Mass-produced breads might have nearly 20 ingredients but this artsy bread can only consist of up to five. Simplicity makes it much more special, since it’s actually healthier compared to what breads that consists tons of preservatives and whatnot.
The building blocks of these breads are flour, water, yeast, and salt. The fifth ingredient may vary and it is totally up to you. You can choose from sourdough, eggs, and sugar. But you can’t stop there, if you’re really the artist kind, you can incorporate a lot of other ingredients for a more complex flavor.
The other ingredients you may add are very acquirable. These are: sun dried tomatoes, sliced onions, olive oil, and cheddar cheese. There are a lot more others, it would be fun for you to try and discover.
The process of making this bread remains the same. The ingredients are mixed, fermented, hand-shaped, and baked in masonry ovens. Using steams are quite popular during the baking process so that the bread will have a crispy, golden brown crust – a characteristic of a bread made of art.