Home Baked Bread
Makes 1 Loaf
1. In a bowl, add the 2 cups of flour, yeast and salt. Stir to blend.
a saucepan, heat the water to 115 -125ºF. Add the honey and
the olive oil. Add this to the bowl with the flour and yeast. Mix to
blend. Work the flour until smooth and elastic (5 minutes).
the extra ½ cup of flour to the bowl and work it in. Turn the
dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth
(10 minutes). If necessary, add more flour to prevent the dough
from being sticky. Form into a ball.
the dough in a greased large bowl and cover with plastic
wrap. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and allow the dough to
rise in a warm place (80ºF) until it doubles in bulk (30-45 minutes).
the dough down. Invert the bowl with the dough onto a
greased flat surface and cover the dough with the bowl. Let the
dough rest and rise again for 30 - 45 minutes.
the dough and form it into a long, slender, round loaf. Sprinkle
cornmeal on the bottom of a large flat cookie tray. Center the loaf
on the tray.
in a preheated 350ºF oven for 30 minutes. The bread should
be golden and hollow sounding when tapped on. Brush the top of
the bread with olive oil and serve hot out of the oven.
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