Butter Enriched Golden Artisan Bread

Here is another classic artisan bread recipe that no bread fan can say no! I have been making this recipe for years now. You will love the complex flavor and strong texture inside the loaf. However, it is not difficult to bring this together. Indeed, it is pretty easy to accomplish if you follow my tips. I only use basic ingredients.

If you have tried my other bread recipes, you must be familiar with the Biga preferment that I regularly use to make quality bread at home. In simplest terms, I mix water and flour with a pinch of dried instant yeast and let the mixture rest on the counter overnight at room temperature. The Biga creates the perfect levain (dough starter) the next day! Note that I add a small amount of butter (along with hone and turmeric) to this formula, and it turns out with golden crust as shown in the picture.

You might be wondering why the golden artisan bread comes out with superior crust and extra-ordinary flavor? The trick is simple; I reduce the liquid amount in the Biga recipe to compensate for the general level of moistness. This method allows me to add a small amount of butter the next day when making the final dough. Additionally, I increase the fermentation periods by 30 minutes. At first, it might sound complex, but it is truly not. And the final result is something that you should not miss out on if you really fancy quality bread with a beautiful crust.

What you will need:

A dutch oven or oven-safe glassware with a lid is essential for making artisan bread at home. In addition, a stand mixer or another dough kneader would make things easier for you. Note that you can knead this type of bread dough by hand. However, it takes about 8-10 minutes. Here are my top recommendations for your information:

1). For Dutch Oven: Easy Artisan Bread Kit by LoafNest

This dutch oven is a perfect bread kit that comes with a perforated non-stick liner. You can use the liner for making no-knead bread recipes. Just blend the ingredients, pour the mixture into the liner, and let it rest. Place the liner in the dutch oven and bake. It could not be simpler! It is also great for making any kind of artisan bread effortlessly at home.

2). Stand mixer with anti-splash cover by Twinzee

This item is a classic stand mixer with all the necessary attachments. It is a best-seller, and for good reason. You can prepare all kinds of different recipes with ease, including bread dough, cream, cake batter, and more. Note that it comes with an anti-splash cover, which is very helpful to keep your counter all clean. It comes with a 600-watt motor and can handle all kinds of batters and doughs. The stainless-steel bowl has a 4.5-quart capacity, which is pretty big.

Butter enriched golden artisan bread recipe

For starters, we prepare the Biga a day earlier and keep it over the counter. If it is summertime, and the weather is way too hot, then you might consider keeping it in the fridge. However, make sure you extend the fermentation process for the biga by four hours.

The next day, we prepare another dough and mix it with biga. The rest is easy; we let the dough rest and fold it occasionally (every hour). Make sure you slice the bread quickly with a sharp knife before putting it in the oven.

Butter Enriched Golden Artisan Bread

Recipe by OzgurCourse: BakingCuisine: TurkishDifficulty: Medium


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  • For biga:
  • 200 g bread flour (use all-purpose flour if you like)

  • 175 ml water

  • A pinch of yeast

  • For dough:
  • 100 g bread flour (use all-purpose flour if you like)

  • 50 ml water

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened (room temperature)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 g yeast


  • Preparing biga:
  • Add yeast and water to a medium size bowl.
  • Stir well to incorporate the yeast.
  • Let the mixture rest for about a minute.
  • Sift and add the flour to the bowl and blend with a spatula.
  • Do not knead the dough, just blend with a spatula until there are no dry parts left.
  • Cover the bowl with stretch film or lid.
  • Let it rest at room temperature for 16 hours.
  • Preparing the dough:
  • Preheat the oven to the maximum setting.
  • Add yeast and water to a small size bowl.
  • Stir well to incorporate the yeast.
  • Add the softened butter (10 g), and 1 teaspoon of olive oil as well.
  • Add one teaspoon turmeric powder to the flour and blend.
  • Add the flour mixture and continue to knead until you end up with a soft dough.
  • Transfer the biga to the other bowl and mix them both.
  • Add 1 ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Continue to knead for another 5 minutes.
  • Cover the bowl with stretch film.
  • Let it rest for one and a half hours.
  • Fold the dough from the corners towards inward each half an hour.
  • Cover the bowl with stretch film.
  • Let it rest for one and a half hours.
  • Fold the dough from the corners towards inward each half an hour.
  • Let it rest for another 15 minutes uncovered.
  • Transfer the dough to a flour-dusted counter.
  • Take a look at the picture below, and stretch the dough from the corners to form a rectangular shape similarly.
  • Try to fold the rectangular shaped dough from the sides to the center.
  • Brush olive oil in a large bowl, and place the dough in it.
  • Let it rest for half an hour.
  • Sprinkle flour on top and transfer it to the flour dusted counter.
  • Place a kitchen towel in an oblong shape bowl or use a banneton (bamboo bread basket).
  • Dust flour all over the kitchen towel.
  • Fold and shape the dough.
  • Place it in the banneton or oblong bowl (with kitchen towel).
  • Let it rest for 60 minutes.
  • If you are using a dutch oven, then place it in the oven for 45 minutes to preheat.
  • Transfer the loaf to dutch oven or glass bakeware with lid. (Use parchment paper if you like)
  • Score the bread with a very sharp knife, and do it quickly (and carefully).
  • Bake at the maximum setting for 20 minutes.
  • Take off the lid and bake for another 20 minutes without the lid.
  • Let it cool for 15 minutes before slicing.


  • If you are looking for a softer texture, you can add 10 g dry milk powder to the dough. Make sure you add it to the flour on the second day.

What makes artisan bread different?

Artisan breads are prepared with traditional methods and often go through longer fermentation periods when compared to regular toast breads. The longer fermentation process allows the baker to use a lower amount of yeast. This method improves the gluten level and also enhances the flavor of the loaf. For this reason, true artisan breads do not need any chemical additives to improve texture. Note that the artisan breads naturally have longer shelf life due to longer production processes (longer fermentation and preparation).

Is homemade artisan bread healthy?

Homemade artisan bread can only be healthier than regular bread if you use organic flour and avoid any chemical leavening. The good news is that you can achieve organic artisan bread all easily at home if you follow the traditional methods and recipes. However, you also need to use organic flour. And, if you use organic wheat flour, then you can take the health level one step further. Try, for example, sourdough bread, 100% whole wheat bread, sprouted whole grain bread, and oat & flax bread made with artisan recipes.

Is artisan bread good for weight loss?

Artisan bread can help to lose weight since its glycemic index (GI) is low. Plus, artisan bread is easier to digest since the enzymes developed during fermentation have more time to break the gluten. Additionally, most artisan breads contain high fiber additives like oats, rye, pumpkin seeds, and more. The high fiber content can also help with maintaining weight and cholesterol.

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