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Basque Sheepherder Bread

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Category: Yeast, Breads

 Ingredients List

  • -(Makes 1 HUGE loaf)
  • 2 pk ACTIVE DRY YEAST (2
  • -TBS--recipe says)
  • 4 c WARM WATER (120- to 130^)
  • 1/4 c WARM WATER (105- to 110^)
  • 1 1/2 tb SALT (I used salt
  • -substitute)
  • 1/2 c SUGAR
  • 9 To 11 cups BREAD FLOUR,
  • -divided


Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup water (105- to 110^).

To the 4 cups of water (120- to 130^) in a LARGE mixing bowl, add salt,
sugar, and 4 cups of flour. Add yeast mixture and mix well. Add enough
flour to make a workable dough. Knead welltakes a loooong time and I
don't think you can make it using, either a Kitchenaid or ABM, you have to
do it by hand, give yourself PLENTY of counter space. <g> I kneaded the
dough for about 15 minutestook that long to get the flour to absorb.

Place dough into a LARGE, greased bowl (I used my large Tupperware
cake-takerthis is a LOT of dough) and turn to coat top. Cover with
plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise until double. The recipe
didn't give a timemine took about 1 hour, maybe less, I nearly forgot
about it. <g>

Punch down, knead lightly and form into a round loaf. Place in a 4-1/2
quart Dutch oven. The recipe says to cover with plastic wrap but I knew
that if I did that, the loaf might deflate. I lightly sprayed a piece of
waxed paper with Pam and covered it with thatcame off nicely without
deflating the loaf. Let rise again until double. Mine took about 25 minutes
and it was trying to climb out of the Dutch oven. Preheat the oven to 425^
about 15 minutes before the dough is ready.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 350^ and bake for an
additional 50-60 minutes. My loaf was getting too brown so I covered it
with foil when I reduced the oven temperature. I also decided to reduce the
heat to 325^ and only baked it for about 45 minutes it was done. NOTE:
Next time, if there is one, I plan on cutting the recipe in halfit's
REALLY BIG. I expected it to be BIG, but 9-1/2" high and 10" wide? That's
how big this loaf isnever seen anything like it before. Half the recipe,
cooked in the same size Dutch oven would make a nice size and shaped loaf.
Making the entire recipe, it would make a GREAT bowl for any dip and the
bread could be used for dipping. Oh, have fun trying to find something to
store it inI ended up using a medium-size (new) trash can liner and it
filled it up. It's light and airy inside (like a French bread) and the
crust nice and chewyI opted to brush the loaf with water once I took it
from the oven and it never got really softstayed chewy.

Taken from: "The Sacramento Cookery Cookbook" Converted by MMCONV vers.

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