Old-Style Crusty White Bread Recipe
The saying: I haven’t eaten something that good since sliced bread, must have come about with the making of this bread. The old-style crusty mass, when sliced and eaten with butter, is an ideal meal in itself.
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Yields: 1 loaf
600g White Bread Flour
10ml Fine Salt
5 ml Dried Yeast
15 ml Warm Water
450 ml Warm Water
1) Add the 5ml dried yeast to the 15ml warm water and set aside for a few minutes.
2) Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture (from above) and then slowly add the 15ml of warm water (450ml). Using your finger tips to incorporate, breaking all the flour lumps as you go.
3) Cover with a dishtowel or oiled cling wrap and allow rising for 6 hours
4) 30 minutes before baking the bread place a tray, to heat up, in the oven, set oven to 220ͦC.
5) When the tray is hot sprinkle with flour to prevent the bread from sticking
6) Gently pour the bread mixture onto the tray and lightly dust with flour
7) Place in the oven and after 15 minutes reduce the heat to 200ͦC and bake for 30 minutes further. Cook for a final 15 minutes off the tray to crisp up the base. Switch off the oven, open the door and allow cooling completely.
8) Cook for a final 15 minutes off the tray to crisp up the base. Switch off the oven, open the door and allow cooling.
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