Brother's Bread

Total Time:
1 hr 16 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
1 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
2 loaves
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 to 7 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • White distilled vinegar
Directions

In a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook combine the yeast and water, mixing slowly until yeast is dissolved. Stir in salt and sugar. Mix well. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Beat for 5 minutes, gradually adding flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead for 8 to 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic, adding flour as necessary to prevent stickiness.

Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Alternatively, cover with plastic wrap and let rise slowly in the refrigerator for 10 to 12 hours or overnight.

Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment or sprinkle with cornmeal.

Punch down the dough. Divide in half, shape into 2 round loaves, and place on the baking sheet. Carve an X in the top of the loaf and spray with vinegar. Place in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 400 degrees F for 45 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.


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