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Crusty Homemade bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Margaret Black

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1-3/4 cups warm water (110 to 115)
3-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon cornmeal or additional flour

Directions:
Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Using a rubber spatula, stir in 3-1/2 cups flour and salt to form a soft, sticky dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise at room temperature 1 hour.

Stir down dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a floured surface; with floured hands pat into a 9-in. square. Fold square into thirds, forming a 9x3-in. rectangle.

Fold rectangle into thirds, forming a 3-in. square. Place in a large greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise at room temperature until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough and repeat folding process. Return dough to bowl; refrigerate, covered, overnight.

Grease the bottom of a disposable foil roasting pan with at least 4-in.-high sides; dust pan with cornmeal. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead gently 6-8 times; shape into a 6-in. round loaf. Place into prepared pan; dust top with remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Cover pan and let rise at room temperature until dough expands to a 7-1/2-in. loaf, about 1-1/4 hours.

Preheat oven to 500. Using a sharp knife, make a slash (1/4 in. deep) across top of loaf. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake on lowest oven rack 25 minutes.

Reduce oven setting to 450. Remove foil; bake bread until deep golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
16 slices
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 50 min.

 

 

 

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