ITALIAN BREAD BAKED ON A CLAY BAKING STONE
Italian Bread Baked on a Clay Baking Stone
- Cooking Time: 30
- Servings: 12
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 (0.25 oz.) pkg. active dry yeast
- 3 tsp. vital wheat gluten flour, optional*
- 1 egg, for wash
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Cornmeal for dusting
Place bread ingredients in the pan of your bread maker in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
Select the "Dough" cycle and press "Start."
Once cycle is complete, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into an elongated loaf.
Place, seam side down, onto a sheet of Reynolds parchment paper which has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.
Place a baking stone (pizza stone, if you have one) in the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F about 30 minutes before baking time.
Mix the egg and water together.
Make a long shallow cut along the top of the bread with a sharp knife and brush with the egg wash.
Carefully lift the Reynolds parchment paper and place on the hot stone.
Bake loaf in the preheated oven for approx. 30 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
My oven has a speed bake option which browns the bread nicely and decreases the baking time.
For a crustier loaf, spritz the loaf with water every 10 minutes, and/or place a pan of hot water in the bottom of your oven. Makes a 2 lb. loaf