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Simple Crusty Bread

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Serves 1-4 | Prep Time 2 hrs 40 min | Cook Time 30 minutes


2 pkg yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons of coarse salt
3 cups lukewarm water
6 1/2 cups flour + additional for dusting

Mix yeast & water in large bowl.

Add salt and flour until flour is absorbed.

Dough will be very soft.

Cover and let rise at room temperature until well doubled (2-5 hours)

Punch down & cut off a piece the size of a grapefruit (You can make 1-4 loaves now, or save covered in refrigerator up to 2 weeks & bake later)

When ready to bake, turn dough on a floured surface until rounded and smooth.

Heat oven to 450°. Place large pan on floor of oven with 1-2 cups of water in it.

Place dough on lightly greased sheet or loaf pan. Let rise 40 minutes if fresh, 1 hour if it has been refrigerated.

Make 2-3 slashes or a cross on top of loaf with serrated knife.

Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes.

Cool before cutting.

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