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Amy Scherber's Big Beautiful White Pan Loaves

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 c (2 oz) very warm water
  • (105 degrees
  • To 115 degrees F)
  • 1 3/4 ts Active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 c (20 1/4 oz) unbleached
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 ts Kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 c Plus 2 tablespoons (11 oz)
  • Cool water (75 degrees)


Equipment: 9 by 5 inch loaf pan, lightly oiled

In a small measuring cup, mix the warm water and yeast with a fork to
dissolve the yeast. Let stand for 3 minutes.

Mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast
mixture and the cool water. Using your fingers, mix the dough into a sticky

When all of the flour is incorporated, move the dough to a lightly floured
work surface and knead for 4 minutes. The dough should be sticky and will
not look smooth. If the dough feels stiff or dry, knead in additional cool
water, a tablespoon at a time.

Put the dough in a lightly floured bowl, cover, and let rest for 20
minutes. (This rest period is the autolyse.)

Return the dough to the lightly floured surface and knead it for 7 to 8
minutes. The dough will go from being sticky to smooth and will become
supple but not too firm.

Place the dough in a clean bowl lightly dusted with flour. Cover the bowl
with a towel and allow the dough to rise at room temperature (75 to 77
degrees F) for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until it doubles in volume. (An
indentation made by poking your finger deep into the dough should not
spring back.)

Place the dough on a very lightly floured surface. Gently deflate the dough
and pat it into a rectangle. The short sides should be the top and bottom
edges. Fold the top edge down and the bottom edge up, overlapping them
slightly, then turn the dough a quarter turn and fold the top down and the
bottom up again to form an envelope. Shape the dough into a log shape by
rolling the loaf down two to three times and sealing the seam with the heel
of your palm. Roll the loaf back and forth on the table to smooth out.

Place the loaf seam side down in a lightly oiled 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.
Gently press down on the loaf to spread it to fill the corners of the pan,
and cover it with oiled plastic wrap.

Let the loaf rise at 75 degrees to 77 degrees F for about 1 to 1 1/4 hours,
or until it has doubled and risen about 1-inch above the edge of the pan.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Gently place the loaf pan on the center rack of the oven. Using a plant
sprayer, quickly mist the loaf with water 6 to 8 times, then shut the oven
door. After 3 minutes, mist the loaf again.

Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and
bake for 30 minutes longer, or until the top is a deep golden brown. Remove
the loaf from the pan it should come out with ease. The bread should sound
slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom, and the sides of the loaf should
be brown. Immediately place the loaf from the pan on a wire rack to cool.
Serve slightly warm, with butter and lots of homemade jam!

Amy Scherber

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