Saturday, June 11, 2011

Test: Country Bread


My honey is full of surprises.  Apparently, he is quite the baker.  He has been experimenting recently with bread making.  If you remember the King Cake, that was where his interest in bread making and working with yeast started.  He has made a few tasty loaves lately and the recipe below is one.  I had read about a trick to make perfectly crusty bread - splashing a few shot glasses full of water on the wall of the oven at the start of baking - and N put that trick to the test.  These loaves were really tasty and had a nice crust.

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Country Bread
From Breadworld.com
Makes 2 loaves

4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 beaten egg white
1 tablespoon cornmeal

Combine 1 cup flour, milk, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat water, yogurt and oil until very warm (120o to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Divide dough in half; roll to 15 x 10-inch rectangle. Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Brush loaves with egg white; sprinkle with cornmeal (N skipped this). With sharp knife, make slashes, 1/4-inch deep across top of each loaf. Bake at 400F for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. During the first few minutes of baking, throw a few shot glasses of water against the side of your oven. This will make for a crispier crust.  Remove from sheet; cool on wire rack.



3 comments:

  1. Wow this looks delicious and it photographed so well, I am very impressed by Nigel's baking making skills.

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  2. This bread looks very well baked! Thanks for the recipe...!

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  3. Looks amazing! I can't wait to try this as well. :)

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