Before the advent of mass produced bread with additives and longer shelf life, all breads were considered artisan. Created by skilled bakers that have honed their craft through the years, artisan bread are usually made in small batches and basically require only a few simple, readily available ingredients.
Artisan bread making is an involved process. It requires a series of rising that allows for the fermentation of the yeast to achieve that distinctive taste, that only artisan breads have. Some artisan bread tend to be more rustic in taste than others. And yet, all types of artisan bread have a relatively short shelf life due to the lack of preservatives.
It is important to note that artisan dough can be kneaded by hand or by using a mixer. To achieve that crusty exterior, artisan bread is often baked on a baking stone.
Thanks to The Bread Wizard, an affordable and easy to use dough proofer, creating tasty artisan bread that is as healthy as any home baker wants it to be, is no longer just a dream. The Bread Wizard takes away the stress of proving (proofing) artisan bread dough and cuts down the time it takes to have a beautifully risen loaf.