Crusty Bread

Crusty Bread
Staff Writer

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

8
Servings
418
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
77g
59%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
67µg
10%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
242mg
24%
Choline, total
23mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
67µg
2%
Folate, total
176µg
44%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
46mg
14%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
180mg
26%
Selenium, Se
33µg
60%
Sodium, Na
704mg
47%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
93g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.