Crusty white country bread!

Baked Goods

 

Who doesn’t love classic country white bread? All this bread needs is time. After it’s done, it is nice and crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Time for toastttttttttt. And tasty winter sandwiches!

Yield: 3-4 loaves

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 cups of All purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 instant of active dry yeast

Procedure:

  • The best way to measure this is to weigh it. 32 oz.
  • If not pour the flour into the cup to equal 6 1/2 cups, sweeping the excess off of the top
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl or into a mixing bowl attached to a kitchen aid
  • Add the water, it should be ‘bath tub warm’ not ‘ouch my hand hot’
  • Trust your instincts
  • Mix everything together gently , to form a sticky dough
  • If you are using a stand mixer, beat on medium speed for 30-60 seconds
  • Now its time for your dough to rise
  • Add the dough to a large plastic bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel
  • Let the dough rise for 2 hrs, room temp
  • Then refrigerate for 2 hrs
  • The longer the better
  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
  • Sprinkle flour with dough and grab a chunk of dough (softball size)
  • Plop it onto a floured surface and shape into a ball
  • This is rustic crunchy bread so don’t fuss over the shape
  • Place bread on parchment thats on a baking sheet
  • Sit flour over the shaped bread
  • Let the dough rise for one more hour, 30 minutes if you are pressed for time
  • Place a shallow metal pan on the bottom rack of the oven
  • Have 1 cup of hot water ready
  • Slash bread 3 times , about 1/2 inch deep
  • Place the pan of bread on the top rack
  • Pour hot water into the pan on the bottom rack and close the oven door
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes until beautiful and golden brown
  • Keep left over dough in refrigerator

I know it’s a lot of steps but it is so worth it! Fresh warm bread, whats better?!

 

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