Peasant Bread Recipe

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If you are looking for an easy bread recipe, this is it. Because there's no kneading involved, the bread is simple to make. A neighbor gave me this delicious recipe years ago after I had sampled the bread at her house.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 64 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar. Add the yeast mixture and remaining water; stir until combined. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Stir dough down. Divide in half. Place each half in a greased 1-qt. round casserole or ovenproof bowl. Brush tops with butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Remove from pans; serve warm if desired. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Peasant Bread in Country April/May 1994, p51

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MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 215668
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"This was a first attempt at making bread for me and I was very pleased with the easy recipe (and with myself LOL). I was watching my grandchildren as the bread rose so oops, the first rise was for 1-? hours (inside a slightly warm oven). I didn't butter the top of the dough or sprinkle it with seeds - again because of my grandchildren. I used extra butter to grease the two pans and got a good buttery taste that way. My second rise was on the stove top and only took 30 minutes. I will try this again."

qknapper User ID: 4886002 33985
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

":) Very good... I included roasted garlic and it was very good!!"

autumnyarbrough User ID: 4061277 25127
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"this bread is so easy. next time i am going to put garlic cloves in it instead of poppy seeds"

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