A halved loaf of my mother's peasant bread.

I created these videos to supplement this recipe: My Mother’s Peasant Bread: The Best Easiest Bread You Will Ever Bake.

If you are using instant yeast (which I recommend), watch video 1, then skip to video 4. If you are using active-dry yeast, start with video 2.

  1. Using Instant Yeast. I highly recommend using Instant Yeast for bread baking. SAF Instant Yeast is my preference. Order it in bulk and store it in an airtight quart container in the fridge — it will keep for at least a year there or in the freezer. Instant yeast can be stirred directly into the flour, which makes the dough-mixing process happen incredibly quickly.  (Pardon the chaos of the children here.)