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This easy, simple recipe produced 2 loaves of lovely bread....deliciously crunchy on the outside, perfectly soft on the inside. I can't stop eating it! Thanks PanNan for the great recipe, it's a keeper!

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Hey Jude June 08, 2003

i have not been able to make successful, chewy, delicious bread. EVER. and i've been making an effort to really do so these last few months. and today, perhaps with a low pressure system overhead, my bread rose amazingly and turned into a beautiful loaf in the oven (and one lumpy not-so-pretty one). this is the first time i've ever had the first, second, and oven-spring perfect (i've done a lot of research on the internet). i kneaded it by hand since i don't own a mixer. also, i put a pan of hot water in the oven while it was preheating to make sure i had a crispy crust. it started to darken about 20 minutes into baking, so i had to cover it with foil. when i took it out after about... 37 minutes, it was hard like a log and i was afraid i had over-baked it. but when i cut into it, the inside was still beautiful and i'm so proud.

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tyk October 30, 2007

Great easy recipe, with two loaves, i liked it best toasted since that brought out the nutty flavor more, and the flour i used was an unbleached white bread flour, next time I will try wheat flour....this was a little wonder white soft for the texture of bread, thanks for sharing this super recipe!

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glitzypursegirl May 22, 2009

I love how easily this bread dough came together, even with all the humidity we've been having lately. I took a loaf to a party, and 4 people asked for the recipe - and then wanted to know where the other loaf was! Great taste, easy easy. This is a nice thick bread which was great sopping up sauce, and would probably make great sandwiches, too! Thanks for the recipe.

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CraftScout May 28, 2007

Terrific bread! I used the bread machine dough cycle to mix the amounts for one loaf and then baked in the oven. We liked the crisp crust and tender inside. The walnuts are a great addition. Thanks PanNan!

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Susie D July 15, 2006

Good stuff! It has a very thick crunchy crust which becomes chewy the next day. Quite simple to make. I got 2 long baguettes out of the recipe. The dough is pretty soft and sloppy to work with but that's what makes the texture. And I do think the salt should be doubled. Great just with butter. Thanks, PanNan, for a winner.

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Jezski April 30, 2006

Loved the walnuts in this delicious bread. I mixed the dough in the KitchenAid and did go ahead and knead it a few minutes. I baked it on a stone, and it was done right at 40 minutes. Great bread--thanks for sharing the recipe!

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GaylaJ April 26, 2006
Simple Rustic Bread With Walnuts