This recipe is AMAZING. I love a good, heavy homemade bread with lots of flavor, and this does NOT disappoint!
Minor quibble: instructions only assume the cook uses a bread machine. This recipe is also easily prepared the traditional way:
1. Combine the dry ingredients (except yeast)
2. Combine the yeast and the wet ingredients, except the butter (I always use unsalted butter for breads.)
3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Add the softened butter, then turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and firm.
4. Return the ball of dough to a greased bowl, cover, and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about an hour or so.
5. Punch down, then turn out and separate into two portions.
6. Form each portion into a loaf and put into loaf pans.
7. Cover loaf pans and allow dough to rise again until doubled in size, about another hour.
8. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until crust is golden and bread sounds hollow when thumped.
9. Put loaves out onto a wire rack to cool.
Optional: you may want to brush egg white over the loaves and sprinkle with kosher salt and/or sesame seeds just before baking for extra-attractive and delicious crust!
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This recipe is AMAZING. I love a good, heavy homemade bread with lots of flavor, and this...