A Simple Rustic Loaf

A Simple Rustic Loaf is a beautiful loaf of bread that is easy to make and will leave you amazed that it came from your kitchen and not the bakery.
Prep Time 7 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 8 hrs
Servings 1 loaf
Author Hostess At Heart



  • 1 1/2 cups 12 ounces cool water (Filtered or Spring)
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups 6 1/4 ounces Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup 2 ounces Pumpernickel flour


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 cups 9 1/2 ounces Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup 2 3/4 ounces King Arthur Harvest Grains Blend or mixed seeds and grains of your choice


To make the sponge

  • Mix the sponge ingredients together. Cover and let it sit at room temperature 3 to 4 hours or overnight.


  • Stir down the sponge. In a large bowl, combine dough ingredients and the sponge. Knead until smooth and elastic. Knead in the Harvest Grains blend or your choice of seeds. Form a ball and put it into a large well oiled bowl. Turn once to coat both sides. Cover and allow to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet, or cover it with parchment paper. Turn out the dough out onto the baking sheet, and form it into a ball. Cover and allow it to rise for 1 more hour. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Gently but firmly slash the dough across the top and then spritz it with water. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, until it's a deep golden brown. Remove from the pan and allow the loaf to cool completely on a cooling rack prior to slicing.


Included in the prep time is inactive rising time.
Recipe originated by King Arthur Flour


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1778kcal | Carbohydrates: 369g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4763mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 22mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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