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Country Loaf

March 26, 2011

Here’s a fun bread recipe I made today on my day off.
I picked up the idea from Lisa’s blog: “Tomatoes in Love”
She got it from Betty herself (Crocker, that is)
It turned out great!

You’ll need…
5 cups of flour (I tried 2 wheat to begin with & 3 white later)
1 tsp. Sugar
2 ΒΌ tsp. Yeast
2 cups warm water
2 T vegetable oil
2 tsp. Salt

Mix 2 cups of flour with yeast (dissolved in water) and sugar.
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for one hour.
Add oil and salt. Stir in remaining flour (1/2 cup at a time).
Flour a surface and knead dough for 7-10 minutes
Place dough in a greased bowl, flipping it around to grease all the sides. Place in a bowl and cover w/plastic wrap for another hour.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease the cookie sheet. (I used a baking stone and it worked pretty good.)
Place dough on your cookie sheet and sprinkle a little cold water on it.
Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour

Preheat oven to 425 and fill a small 9×9 dish with hot water. Put this on the bottom rack of your oven as it heats and leave it there throughout the baking of the bread.
(Next time I’ll try using a glass one – I used a metal pan and it turned black below the water line).

Slice a few thin lines on the top of dough and sprinkle with cold water. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. It should sound hollow when you tap it.

Viola!

MMmmmm…. enjoy!
(4 1/2 hours = the best slow food this week!)

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