How to Bake Bread On a Stone

One of the best ways to bake a delicious loaf of bread is to use a baking or pizza stone. First, the dough is placed on the baking stone and is then put into the oven to bake. The stone can also be heated first if desired. Not only is baking bread on a stone a simple baking method, but it also provides you with a crunchy, chewy and light-tasting bread that you simply cannot achieve from other cooking methods. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to bake bread using pizza stones, you have come to the right place.

How to Bake Bread the Easy Way

Craving some bread? It has never been easier to bake your own bread right from home than it is with pizza stones. There are only four main ingredients that you will need to bake a loaf of white bread with no kneading necessary. This includes King Arthur flour, water, SAF yeast and salt. Of course, you will also need to have a baking stone handy. It is as easy as simply mixing your dough and plopping a piece onto your stone to allow it to rise and bake to golden perfection.

Ingredients

Directions

1. The first step is to mix all of your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. A stand mixer can be used at a medium speed for easier mixing. This should create a thick, sticky dough. A whisk or spoon can be used if you do not have a mixer. Mix until everything is combined well.

2. The dough will now need some time to rise. The dough should be placed in at least a 6 quart capacity bowl or bucket, as it will rise significantly and will need some extra room. Simply cover your bucket or bowl with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for 2 hours at room temperature.

3. Transfer the container to the refrigerator and allow to rise for an additional 2 hours. The dough can be left in the fridge for up to 7 days. Over this time, the dough may rise and fall which is normal. The longer that the dough is chilled, the tangier flavor it will have when baked.

4. Remove the dough from the fridge when you’re ready to bake and sprinkle the top with a thin layer of flour. Pull out about 1/4 of the dough and roll it into a ball or log shape.

5. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper. While the dough sits, preheat your oven and pizza stone to 450°F. Place a shallow pan on the lower rack of the oven with the second rack above it.

6. Place the bread on parchment paper directly into the oven on the pizza stone. The stone will provide you with a chewy bottom crust.

7. Pour 1 cup of hot water into the bottom pan and close the oven, allowing the bread to bake. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the crust of the bread is golden brown.

Tips for Baking Bread on a Pizza Stone

There are some key things you should know if you are just learning how to bake bread using a stone.

One of the best and most efficient ways to use a pizza stone is to not remove it from the oven after it heats. Simply place your bread onto the pre-heated stone directly in the oven. This instantly transfers the heat to the bread to give it a crisply baked base. The pizza stone can be seasoned if desired, although some home bakers will opt against it. A dusting of flour on the bread or pizza will create a non-stick surface on the stone.

Stones are also great for cooking other types of bread such as Italian bread, sourdough bread, croissants and of course, a variety of pizzas!