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Rustic Bread

The simplest recipe on the list, you can easily make rustic bread in no time.

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Ingredients:

  • 24 fluid ounces (0.709 liters) warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried fast rising yeast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour

Directions:

Pour tepid water into a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast to the water and then the salt, mix well.

Add all the flour and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until ingredients are mixed. Don't over knead. Leave the bread dough in the mixing bowl and cover loosely. Allow to rise for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Pre-heat the oven and place a baking sheet in there. Tear off a large ball, about the size of a small melon, and knead it for about 1 minute with floured hands and on a floured board or place it in a greased and floured loaf tin. Allow to rise for another 20 to 30 minutes.

Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232.2 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes or until well-risen, brown and the loaf sounds hollow when it is tapped on the underside. Remove the bread and cool on a cooling rack.

[source: RecipeZaar]

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