Simple Rustic Bread With Walnuts

Recipe by PanNan
READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup of warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir to dissolve yeast.
  • Add remaining 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, salt and bread flour.
  • Mix at low speed until flour is thoroughly incorporated.
  • Note: dough will be sticky, not smooth.
  • Place dough in a large oiled bowl and turn to coat all sides with oil.
  • Cover loosely with a towel and set in a warm place to rise until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface, add walnuts, and knead lightly to eliminate air bubbles.
  • Cut dough into 2 pieces.
  • With floured hands, shape each piece into a 12-inch log.
  • Place logs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet a few inches apart and cover loosely with a towel.
  • Let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile place pizza stone on lowest rack in oven.
  • When dough begins last rise, preheat oven to 400.
  • Pull the parchment paper off the baking sheet and transfer to the pizza stone.
  • (Or just bake on the baking sheet if you don't have a pizza stone.) Bake bread for about 40 minutes, or until it sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Cool on a rack.