Crusty Bread

Staff Writer
Crusty Bread

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Nothing tastes better than crusty bread sopped in a soup or sauce.

8
Servings
366
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 1/2 Cups bread flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the warm water and sugar in a the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the yeast and let dissolve. Allow the yeast to rest until foamy about 10 minutes.

Add salt, oil, and 3 cups flour and beat for 2 minutes. Mix in the remaining 2 cups flour. Switch to a dough hook attachment and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn dough to coat all sides, cover and let rise until doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and divide it in half. Shape each half into two long slender loaves. Grease a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place loaves in pan and cut diagonal lines on top of each loaf. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the loaves with water during baking for a really crunchy crust.

Bread Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Bread Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
5%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.4g
1.8%
Protein
12g
24%
Carbs
71g
24%
Vitamin E
0.8mg
3.8%
Vitamin K
0.3µg
0.4%
Calcium
17mg
2%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
66µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
306µg
77%
Folic acid
141µg
N/A
Iron
4mg
23%
Magnesium
25mg
6%
Monounsaturated
1g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
8mg
39%
Phosphorus
101mg
14%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
109mg
3%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
31.9%
Sodium
368mg
15%
Sugars, added
2g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.9mg
62%
Zinc
0.9mg
6.2%