Making bread can appear daunting. Yeast, temperatures, and proper measurements are all in play, and one mistake can leave you with a lumpy loaf.

That's why I love ugly baking. Sure, some people call it "rustic" or "artisan", but I'm just thankful to make a loaf that doesn't need proper shaping to be worthy of its name.

This bread recipe is perfect for beginners. There's no kneading, just mix until combined. Peppery, flaky, and with just the right amount of salt on the flaky crust, this loaf is just waiting for a dip in your olive oil bowl.


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