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crusty homemade bread (taste of home recipe)

Recipe by
Phyllis R Pack
Coram, NY

This recipe comes from Taste of Home Website. I haven't tried it yet but will be doing it when the weather cools off in NYC,

yield 16 serving(s)
prep time 3 Hr 15 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For crusty homemade bread (taste of home recipe)

  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 3/4 c
    water (70-75 degrees)
  • 3 1/2 c
    all purpose flour plus 1 tb extra
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    cornmeal or flour

How To Make crusty homemade bread (taste of home recipe)

  • 1
    In small bowl dissolve yeast and water.
  • 2
    In large bowl mix 3 1/2 cups of flour and salt. Using a rubber spatula stir in yeast mixture to form a soft, sticky dough. Do not knead. Cover with plastic wrap, let rise at room temperature 1 hour.
  • 3
    Punch down dough. Turn onto lightly floured surface, pat into 9 inch square. Fold square into thirds, forming a 9x3 inch rectangle. Fold rectangle into thirds, forming a 3 inch square. Turn dough over, place in a greased bowl. Cover ith plastic wrap, let rise room temperature until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 4
    Punch down dough and repeat folding process. Return dough to bol, refrigerate over night covered.
  • 5
    Dust bottom of disposable foil roasting pan with corn meal. Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead gently 6-8 times. Shape into 6 inch round loaf. Place in prepared pan, dust top with remaining 1 Tbs of flour. Cover pan with plastic wrap, let rise at room temp until dough expands to a 7 1/2 inch loaf, about 1 1/4 hours.
  • 6
    Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Using a sharp knife make a slash 1/4 inch deep across top of loaf. Cover pan tightly with foil,bake on lowest oven rack 25 minutes.
  • 7
    Reduce oven setting to 450. Remove foil, bake bread 25-30 minutes longer or until deep golden brown. Remove loaf to wire rack to cool. Yield 1 loaf - 16 slices

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