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Rustic White Bread

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
Using this simple recipe will provide beginning bakers the basic skills needed for making bread. Shaping the bread into a free-form round is easier than forming it into a traditional loaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 3 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Nutrition Information

  • calories 128
  • caloriesfromfat 4 %
  • fat 0.6 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 4.6 g
  • carbohydrate 25.3 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 201 mg
  • calcium 6 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup warm water in a large bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 3/4 cups flour and salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

  3. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press 2 fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

  4. Punch dough down. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Shape dough into a 6-inch round; place on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly coat surface of dough with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  5. Preheat oven to 450°.

  6. Uncover dough. Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg white, stirring with a whisk; brush over dough. Make 3 (4-inch) cuts 1/4 inch deep across top of dough using a sharp knife.

  7. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until bread is browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.