I found this recipe & a bag of bread flour in my pantry 2 weeks ago & have made it every day since. It is SOOOOOO easy, soft, chewy, puffs up fluffy & I don't even have a bread machine! Here's how I do it...Preheat your oven to 150* then turn the heat OFF (this is where your bread will rise, leave the oven light on) Mix sugar & yeast in 105* water, let proof for 5 min. while I stir (by hand) the flour & salt together in my kitchen aid mixer bowl. Then, using the dough hook on the lowest speed, pour water mixture into flour & let it knead for 8 minutes. If the dough is dry & flakey after 1 min. of mixing, add a scant tbsp of water. Dough should be smooth & elastic after 8 min. Put in greased bowl, cover with a warm, damp towel & put in the slightly warm oven that is OFF. Let rise until doubled, 30-60 min. Now just follow the original recipe, returning the loaf to the OFF oven for it's second rise. :o) Tossing a few ice cubes in once in a while works great for a crispy crust. The more often you throw them in, the crispier the crust...your choice. I always form just one large loaf & don't bother with the cornmeal, although it's good that way too. Thank you for an amazing recipe!
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I found this recipe & a bag of bread flour in my pantry 2 weeks ago & have made it every day...