Rustic Bread for the Bread Machine

Recipe by Sageca
READY IN: 3hrs 45mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Biga:
  • In a glass or plastic bowl,stir flour, yeast and water together with a wooden spoon until smooth.Cover with a cloth and let stand overnight.It will be kind of bubbly.
  • Bread:
  • Stir together flours,sugar,salt,.
  • and Vital Gluten; set aside.
  • Pour starter in bread machine.
  • Add water, honey, Barley Malt,butter and oil.
  • Add the flour mixture.
  • Make a groove in flour and add yeast.
  • Set Bread machine to Dough cycle.
  • Keep an eye on the machine as dough may reach the top before the end of the cycle;if this happens push it back down.
  • At the end of this cycle, remove dough from machine and split it in 2.
  • Shape your breads in free form or in bread pans.
  • Preheat oven 400*.
  • Cover breads and let them rise for 45 minutes.
  • Score the loaves.
  • Place in hot oven for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350* and bake another 30 minutes.
  • Remove bread from pans and tap the bottom to make sure it is baked(hollow sound).If not, return bread in the oven (without the pan)for another 5 minutes.
  • Tip:
  • If you do not have Barley Malt double the amount of honey.
  • While the oven is preheating,I set a large pan on top of the stove and sit my breads on a cookie on this pan for the rising stage.It works all the time.