Excellent. My group of girlfriends gets together about once a month at one of our houses for dinner and a movie. The hostess rents the movie and makes the main dish. The others bring a side dish, dessert or movie snack. At our recent get-together, the hostess made potato-cheese soup, and I brought a version of this bread. Wow, was it good!
I wanted a particularly hearty, rustic loaf, so I made the following changes to the recipe:
I wanted two large loaves, one for home, one for the party, so I increased the recipe by half. I used six cups of flour, one-third whole wheat, one-third high gluten and one-third all-purpose. I added a half cup of wheat germ, and used honey instead of sugar. So as not to kill too much yeast, I added the salt after the initial cup and a half of flour. I also used mixed fresh herbs (a combination of thyme, chives and marjoram, chopped finely), and shredded sharp cheddar instead of mozzarella. That combination of herbs and cheddar cheese really complemented the potato-cheese soup.
To get a good crust, I spritzed the tops of the loaves with water before baking, and put a pan of water into the oven to produce steam. I sprinkled the tops with sea salt and freshly-ground pepper before baking.
I will definitely make this bread again.
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Excellent. My group of girlfriends gets together about once a month at one of our houses for...