Hungarian Country Bread

READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
YIELD: 1 loaf




  • Dissolve yeast in water (if using dry yeast, follow instructions).
  • Add most of the flour and the salt.
  • Knead vigorously by hand for 5-10 minutes.
  • Let rise, covered, to double size (1-2 hours).
  • Heat the oven to 450 deg F/ 230 deg C.
  • Knead again, vigorously, for 5 minutes.
  • Shape one big, round loaf and put on a greased baking tray.
  • Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  • Make a few cuts in the loaf with a razorblade.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 400/200 deg and bake another one hour.
  • The crust should become quite brown.
  • Turn off the oven, take out the bread, and brush the bread with water.
  • Put it back in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool uncovered.