Crusty Bread

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Crusty Bread

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Recipe by plattertalkCourse: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

loaves
Prep time

2

hours 

55

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

3

hours 

25

minutes

Enjoy this beautiful crusty bread recipe as is, or stir in a few favorites like cheese, garlic, herbs

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups water lukewarm, about 100° F.

  • 1.5 tablespoon dry active yeast (Or one packet of yeast.)

  • 6 1/2 cups flour bread flour if you have it.

  • 1.5 tablespoon kosher salt (May use less if desired.)

Directions

  • Combine water and yeast and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Add flour and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Allow the dough to rise for 2 hours at room temperature, covered with a kitchen towel.
  • Apply a light dusting of flour over the dough and divide it in half and shape into 2 loaves, rounding the top. If you only want to make one loaf of bread at this time, store the unused dough in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 weeks until ready to use.
  • Place the unbaked loaf(s) on pizza peel that is lightly dusted with cornmeal. Apply light dusting of flour over top and cut three slashes into top of dough, using a searrated knife. Cover dough with kitchen towel and allow to rest for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450° F with baking stone on the center rack. When bread is ready to go in the oven, slide the dough off pizza peel onto hot stone. Place 1 cup hot water into oven broiler (or other oven safe pan), on bottom wrack of oven. Quickly close oven door to created a steam bath within the oven. This will help produce a crisp outer crust.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy!

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