SIMPLE CRUSTY BREAD

 

  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 1-4
  • Preparation Time: 2 hrs 40 min

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.

Notes

Categories: Bread 

Author Credit: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois

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