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    Simple Crusty Bread

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    3 hrs 45 mins

    45 mins

    3 hrs

    Cooking202's Note:

    Adapted from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007)

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 64

    Yield:

    loaves

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).
    2. 2
      Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.
    3. 3
      Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.
    4. 4
      Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
    5. 5
      Variation: If not using stone, stretch rounded dough into oval and place in a greased, nonstick loaf pan. Let rest 40 minutes if fresh, an extra hour if refrigerated. Heat oven to 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Place pan on middle rack.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 04, 2011

      45

      This made some great crusty bread! It didnt have much flavor alone but that was fine because I was mainly making it on the side to dip in fresh herbs and olive oils. I also added in some whole wheat flour along with the white. It makes a great bread for dipping in seasoned oils, soups, and dips! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • on February 26, 2011

      55

      Absolutely amazing bread! I make this every time I make a creamy soup recipe to dip in and use it for bread bowls. It makes for a great sandwich bread as well. I don't change a thing except for the cornmeal. It seems to come out just fine without. Great crusty bread, no need to spend lots of $$ at Panera, this is much better!! And so easy! I would give this more stars if I could.

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    • on May 04, 2010

      55

      LOVE this bread! My pizza stone broke so used parchment on a cookie sheet. So, so good. Thanks so much for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Simple Crusty Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (24 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 64

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 47.1
     
    Calories from Fat 1
    86%
    Total Fat 0.1 g
    0%
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 164.2 mg
    6%
    Total Carbohydrate 9.8 g
    3%
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    1%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 1.4 g
    2%

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