White Rustic Peasant Bread~~three ingredients plus water…how much easier can it get! Sometimes it’s just really good to have hot white bread come out of the oven, tear it off with your hands, and slather it with butter, dip in olive oil, heap jam, jelly or honey on it, sop up soup, broth or sauce with it~~yep, that’s what I’m talking about! Break out a bottle of wine, some good cheese, and this bread and you’re in business.
Makes: One loaf
Preheat oven to 400
What you need:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups warm water (110-120 degrees)
What you do:
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, yeast and salt and blend these dry ingredients. Slowly add water stirring and blending with a wooden spoon. The dough will be sticky and gooey. Continue to blend with the wooden spoon for about 3-5 minutes.
Transfer to another mixing bowl that has been coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat the top of the dough with cooking spray. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise until about double in size.
Punch down and dump on clean floured surface. Using the remaining flour, knead for about 5 minutes then shape into your desired loaf shape. Cut shallow slits on top. Bake for about 25 minutes in a preheated 400 oven. Remove and let cool about 15+ minutes before slicing.
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