As winter settles in up here in Maine few things are more comforting than a slice of bread with a little butter still warm from the oven.
Here is the recipe*
3 cups unbleached white bread flour
3 tsp yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water for 5 minutes
Mix together flour and salt add water and yeast
Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth (10 minutes)
Place dough in a large oiled bowl and let rise until double (45 minutes)
Punch dough down, cover and let stand 5 minutes
Shape into a round loaf and let rise on baking stone or cookie sheet 45 minutes
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bread is brown on the bottom and sounds hollow when you tap on it.
*In all honesty I very rarely measure anything and this is my best attempt to do so. Making good bread comes from practice- so don't be afraid to experiment- you can add honey, maple syrup, fresh or dried herbs, oatmeal, the possibilities are endless. You'll have to play around with the proportions but this recipe is a good jumping off point.(Christina)
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