Rustic Farmer’s Bread

Make the Sponge:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour all-purpose
  • ⅛ teaspoon yeast, instant rapid-rise
  • 1 cup water room temperature

Make the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons yeast, instant rapid-rise
  • ⅔-1 cup water room temperature
  • ⅓ cup whole or 2% milk room temperature 2% milk room temperature


  1. A day or night before baking the bread make the sponge:
  2. Toss flour, yeast, and water in a bowl of a mixer and stir together until it comes together. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature in a draft-free place (room temperature) 8 to 24 hours.