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Sheepherder's Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Martin Oostenink
Added: Monday, January 17, 2005

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 cups very hot tap water
1/2 cup butter, margerine or shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 packages active dry yeast
Salad Oil
About 9 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted

Directions:
Directions:
In a bowl, combine the hot water, butter, sugar, and salt. Stir until butter melts; let cool to warm (110 degrees to 115 degrees). Stir in yeast, cover, and set in a warm place until bubbly, about 15 minutes.

Add 5 cups of the flour and beat with a heavy-duty mixer or wooden spoon to form a thick batter. With a spoon, stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 3 1/2 cups) to form a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Turn dough over in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled. About 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down dough and knead on a floured board to form a smooth ball. Cut a circle of foil to cover the bottom of the Dutch oven. Grease the inside of the Dutch oven and the underside of the lid with salad oil.

Place dough in the pot and cover with the lid. Let rise in a warm place until dough pushes up the lid by about 1/2 inch, about 1 hour (watch closely).

Bake, covered with lid, in a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. Remove lid and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from oven and turn loaf out (you'll need a helper) onto a rack to cool.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
1 very large loaf
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
From Nelson Dean - My dad really liked to make this bread in the Dutch Oven. He would do this at Christmas and give loaves to Ann and I and his friends. I wound up with his Dutch Oven book and the recipe for this bread.

 

 

 

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