9th August 01:58
You requested a recipe for this bread. This is the one that I use.
This is a wonderful recipe! ---- Debbie
Simple Crusty Bread
Recipe By : Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Artisan
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached -- all-purpose flour, more for
In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm
water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches.
Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise
at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours). Bake at this point or
refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a
little flour on dough and cut off a g****fruit-size piece with serrated knife.
Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy
bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes.
Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it. Place broiler pan on bottom of
oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone
at that temperature for 20 minutes. Dust dough with flour, slash top with
serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot
water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well
browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely. Yield: 4 loaves.
If not using stone, stretch rounded dough into oval and place in a
greased, nonstick loaf pan.
Let rest 40 minutes if fresh, an extra hour if refrigerated. Heat oven
to 450 degrees for 5 minutes.
Place pan on middle rack.
Adapted from "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day," by Jeff Hertzberg
and Zoë François (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007)
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