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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

10 minute Italian Bread

4-5 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups water
3 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon oil

Mix sugar, water at hot tap, yeast. Let sit a couple of minutes until it begins to foam. Add 3 cups flour, salt, oil and mix. Add another cup of flour to make stiff dough. Knead in remaining flour for 5 to 10 minutes

For baguettes, divide into 4 sections. Roll to rectangle and roll up. Place seam side down on floured surface. Cut 3 slits. Spray with water.

For loaves, divide into 2 sections. Roll out to rectangle and roll up long ways. Place sean side down on floured surface. Cut slits.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. Check occasionally. Sometimes it takes 30 minutes and sometimes it takes less. Spray occasionally with water. Place cup of water in oven.
Alternatively, cut slits, spray with water and let rise 30 minutes. Transfer to floured sheet and bake. Spray occasionally with water

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