Bread Machine – Salt Crusted Bread

Salt Crusted Bread Machine Recipe

This bread machine salt crusted bread recipe creates a soft bread with a salty crust. It is sort of like a giant bread version of a pretzel! 🙂 Our recipe uses coarse food-grade salt (i.e. coarse sea salt or coarse kosher salt) because the coarse salt has larger salt crystals and makes for a better salty exterior. For this bread machine recipe (and in the pictures below), I used coarse kosher salt. However, I might try to use some extra large pretzel salt next time.

This bread is a delicious salty treat. However, if you or a family member has a health issue with salt (i.e. high blood pressure) then this recipe is probably not right for you!! Always be safe with your food ingredients.

Since this bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 5 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page.

Key Ingredient – Coarse Food-Grade Salt

Salt Crusted Bread Machine Recipe

How Coarse Food-Grade Salt Looks Up Close

Salt Crusted Bread Machine Recipe

Finished Product – A Salt Crusted Bread Loaf

Salt Crusted Bread Machine Recipe

Salt Crusted Bread – Interior

Salt Crusted Bread Machine Recipe

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Bread Machine – Salt Crusted Bread – Ingredients for a 2 lb Bread Loaf

Bread Machine – Salt Crusted Bread – Instructions

  • Bread Machine settings – 2 pound loaf, light color and ”basic” bread setting.
  • Add all ingredients starting with the water into the bread machine “bucket” (loaf pan).
  • Start the machine going after checking the settings.
  • After the bread machine has finished its FINAL kneading cycle and before the baking cycle starts, gently sprinkle on some coarse salt on top of the dough. Don’t go too crazy with the coarse salt or it will inhibit the yeast from rising.
  • After the bread machine has finished baking the bread, remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container as it will be very hot!
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread at the light color & basic bread settings. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.

Bread Machine – Salt Crusted Bread – Tips

  • Just adding a ton of salt to the initial bread mixture won’t work. Salt inhibits the growth of the yeast and the bread will have difficulty rising. You need to keep the coarse salt on the outside of the dough so the yeast can do its stuff! The coarse salt needs to be only on the “crust” or exterior of the bread.
  • Don’t add the coarse salt after the first kneading cycle or it will be mixed into the dough during the final kneading. This will inhibit the yeast from rising. Wait for the final kneading to be complete before sprinkling the coarse salt on top of the dough. However, you should sprinkle it on the top of the still moist dough right after the final kneading cycle has finished or you will disrupt the baking process and the salt is less likely to stick to the exterior of the bread.

Bread Machine - Salt Crusted Bread

This bread machine salt crusted bread recipe creates a soft bread with a salty crust. It is sort of like a giant bread version of a pretzel! This bread machine recipe creates a 2lb bread loaf.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich, Snack
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: bread machine recipes, pretzel bread, salt bread recipe, salt crusted bread, salt crusted bread machine recipe, salty bread recipe, sandwich bread recipe, sandwich lunch recipe
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 Cups - Water (warm)
  • 4 Tablespoons - Butter (sliced)
  • 3 Cups - Flour
  • 1 Cup - Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/3 Cup - Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons - Bread Machine Yeast
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Coarse Food-Grade Salt (used to sprinkle on dough exterior)

Instructions

  • Bread Machine settings – 2 pound loaf, light color and ”basic” bread setting.
  • Add all ingredients starting with the water into the bread machine “bucket” (loaf pan).
  • Start the machine going after checking the settings.
  • After the bread machine has finished its FINAL kneading cycle and before the baking cycle starts, gently sprinkle on some coarse salt on top of the dough. Don’t go too crazy with the coarse salt or it will inhibit the yeast from rising.
  • After the bread machine has finished baking the bread, remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container as it will be very hot!
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread at the light color & basic bread settings. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.

Notes

  • Just adding a ton of salt to the initial bread mixture won’t work. Salt inhibits the growth of the yeast and the bread will have difficulty rising. You need to keep the coarse salt on the outside of the dough so the yeast can do its stuff! The coarse salt needs to be only on the “crust” or exterior of the bread.
  • Don’t add the coarse salt after the first kneading cycle or it will be mixed into the dough during the final kneading. This will inhibit the yeast from rising. Wait for the final kneading to be complete before sprinkling the coarse salt on top of the dough. However, you should sprinkle it on the top of the still moist dough right after the final kneading cycle has finished or you will disrupt the baking process and the salt is less likely to stick to the exterior of the bread.
 
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