Recipe by duonyte
From the blog "hip2thrift". This bread was prepared by the author's grandmother in a wood-burning oven in a large quantity. The author reduced it to two loaves. She describes it as a cross between rustic Italian and sourdough bread.
Top Review by Annacia
Beautiful bread with a great fine texture that's soft inside and a bit chewy in the crust. I made a single loaf for the two of us. Thanks very much for sharing your wonderful breads with duonyte, this is another keeper.
- 473.18 ml warm water
- 29.58 ml active dry yeast
- 14.79 ml sugar
- 59.16 ml sunflower oil (or other neutral oil)
- 4.92 ml salt
- 1182.95 ml flour
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large bowl mix the warm water, sugar, the yeast, and a cup of flour. Mix it with a spoon until smooth. Let stand for about 15 minutes - you should start to see the yeast begin to work.
- Mix in the oil and the salt. Start adding the rest of the flour, mixing until it is incorporated and the dough comes together.
- Turn out onto a floured surface (I usually use an oiled surface for kneading) and knead until you have a smooth dough, about 10 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, cover and let stand in a warm place until the dough is doubled.
- Turn out of bowl onto floured surface. Deflate the dough by kneading gently and let rest 15 minutes.
- Divide dough into six pieces and shape each piece into a rope. Braid three pieces into a loaf; repeat with remaining pieces.
- Place each braid into a greased loaf pan, cover and let rise until nearly doubled.
- Preheat oven to 400 deg F (200 deg C)
- Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Turn out of pans and brush with a little oil.