Breads, Organic Living & Recipes

Freshly-Baked White Rustic Bread


After a long pause, I’m back to baking fresh bread! I am a novice when it comes to bread making, and as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have always been intimidated with the idea of baking my own loaves. I pictured my bread turning out as hard as a rock or as flat as a pancake! Or both!

But I have been finding some fabulous bread recipes which have greatly encouraged me! The most recent was found on Pinterest via the Creekside Cook. The title read: Stand Mixer Italian Bread. Stand Mixer … hmmm … definitely worth a try, right?

Yes, definitely, and now I’m so excited to share the recipe I found! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have! Once again, I want to thank Donalyn for sharing her recipe on Pinterest.


For the most part, I followed the recipe exactly as it was written — however, after baking these loaves a few times, I made a few slight changes:

-I prefer cooking/baking with organic ingredients whenever possible — which is typically very easy to do with a recipe!

-Instead of spraying the bread with water while baking, I chose to brush the bread with oil twice during baking. Grapeseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil worked wonderfully! I also topped the bread with Italian herbs and kosher salt before baking.

-When adding the additional flour during the second mixing, I only needed approximately 1/2 cup instead of a full cup. (I added the additional flour 1/4 cup at a time as stated in the original recipe.)

-My bread seemed to be done after 25 minutes — possibly our weather? Or elevation? So I would recommend keeping an eye on it after 20 minutes of baking.

The first loaf vanished very, very quickly! So the next time, I made two loaves. This recipe is also perfect for homemade hamburger buns!

So delicious served with olive oil, Italian herbs and a sprinkle of salt!



  1. That looks so yummy.

    1. Thank you so much, Joan! 🙂

  2. Great Bread. Your bread looks spectacular! My all time favorite is rosemary bread. (The rosemary is inside the bread). Yes, weather and elevation makes such a difference. I can smell it now cooking in the oven…yum yum!!!

    1. Oh yes, I dearly love rosemary bread as well! I’ll have to try that next time! 😉 Thank you so much for your follow! I look forward to following your blog as well!
      ~ Anna

  3. Such a wonderful loaf 🙂

    1. Thank you, dear Freda! 🙂

  4. This looks heavenly, Anna!

    1. Thanks so much, Katie! 🙂

  5. This looks mouth-wateringly delicious!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. Texture looks perfect

    1. Thank you so much, Derrick! 🙂

  7. I love the bread when is freshly baked. 😀
    Mmm… I can feel the smell.

  8. Looks so yummy, I can almost smell that gorgeous freshly baked bread smell from your kitchen 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! 🙂

  9. Ok Anna, I am shaking my mom finger at you because you are an amazing bread baker. Just look at this beautiful loaf with the perfect crumb. I will definitely be adding this to my bread baking list of must makes. Enjoy your day and I am also patting you on the back!

    1. Aww, thank you, Julie! You made my week! 😉

  10. I really have to try baking a bread … what`s better then a slice of fresh baked bread with butter?!

    1. This recipe is wonderful! Yes, I agree … freshly baked bread with butter is incredible! 😉 Hope you and your family are doing well!

      1. Thanks. Yes, we are doing great! ~ Claudia

  11. Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread! Looks absolutely beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 Yes, I agree — the smell is amazing!

  12. It looks amazing Anna! There’s nothing better than fresh homemade bread. I can almost smell it too! Great recipe!

    1. Thank you, dear Roberta! It’s amazing how fast a loaf of homemade bread disappears! Lol. 😉

  13. Lovely, lovely loaf and no doubt just divine warm from the oven with a bit of butter.

    1. Thank you so much, Teresa! Yes, straight out of the oven with melting butter is so delicious! 🙂 Amazing how fast homemade bread disappears! Lol. 😉

  14. Love homemade bread. It looks delicious Anna and served with olive oil, Italian herbs and salt, so good! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Linda! 🙂

  15. I am so envious of your strides in bread making! I need to get it together over here! This looks absolutely delicious! Well done 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, sweet Sadie! I think you would love this recipe — I loved the ease of using the stand mixer! 😀

      1. Yes, that does sound convenient! 🙂

        1. It was totes amaze! 😉

  16. Looks so delicious Anna!

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn! 🙂 I loved the recipe!

        1. Kneading with the stand mixer was awesome! 😉

          1. Yes for sure! I love that

    1. Thank you, Leyla! 🙂 Hope you are having a lovely week!

  17. Wow, this bread looks really yummy 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Silvia! 🙂

  18. Such a gorgeous bake, Anna!

    1. Thank you, dear Lana! 🙂

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