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Daily Bread

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 1 ts Yeast
  • 1 ts Sugar
  • 1 c Warm water
  • 2 1/4 3/4 cups king Arthur
  • -unbleached all-purpose
  • -flour; up to 2
  • 1 1/2 ts Kosher salt


You can make this bread dough in a number of different ways. The simplest,
by far, is in a food processor using the plastic dough blade. Pour the warm
water into the processor and sprinkle the yeast and sugar on top. Put the
lid on the processor and pulse for a split second, just to wet the yeast.
Add 1 cup of the flour, process for 10 seconds, and let rest for 10
minutes. This gets the yeast going, lets the flour start to absorb the
liquid, and is a good time to do the breakfast dishes.

Add the remaining flour, between 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 cups, and process for 1
minute. You'll need about 1 1/4 cups in the winter, 1/3 cups in the summer,
and 1 1/2 cups in the spring or fall; because flour absorbs moisture from
the air, and the air is moister in summer than winter, the amount of flour
you'll need in your bread recipes will be less in winter, more in summer.
You're trying to attain a very slack dough, one which will barely form a
rough ball in the food processor.

Remove the dough from the food processor bowl, place it in a large, lightly
greased bowl, and cover with lightly greased plastic wrap. Set aside and go
on about your work.

You can also make this dough in a mixer, such as a Kitchen Aid, or even a
smaller stand mixer, using either a dough hook or dough "beaters." Follow
the same procedure outlined above.

Guess what? You can even do this in your bread machine. Simply put all the
ingredients in at once, let the machine go through its first knead (25
minutes or so), then take the dough out of the machine and put it into a
lightly greased bowl. Reset (turn off) the machine.

Finally you can do this with - gulp! - your hands. I'm strictly a machine
person myself, but I did do this recipe once by hand, just to make sure it
worked. I combined the ingredients with a spoon, then kneaded it with my
hands in the bowl for 1 minute.

Ten or 12 hours later, or when you get back to it, take the dough out of
the bowl and make it into whatever you want. You'll have enough dough to
make eight rolls, eight chewy, substantial breadsticks, one Italian style
loaf or baguette, one round loaf, or a 12 inch focaccia. I usually opt for
the focaccia, drizzling it with olive oil, then sprinkling it with a
healthy amount of black pepper, a bit of salt, and some rosemary.

Let the dough rise again, for an hour or so, until whatever you've shaped
is good and puffy. Preheat the oven to 450øF about half an hour before you
want to bake the bread.

Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes, misting the inside of the oven with
cold water from a clean plant mister three or four times during the first
5-8 minutes of baking, if you're after a very crisp crust. Remove the bread
from the oven when it's golden brown, and cool it on a wire rack. or bring
it to the table and eat it immediately

As you can see, this bread is basically non-fat, and very low-calorie if
you don't gild it with butter, garlic oil, etc. However, this bread cries
to be dunked in a seasoned olive oil. Think of it this way: it's perfectly
healthful and nutritious to begin with, and you do need a fit of fat in
your diet, and olive oil, being preponderantly monounsaturated, is arguably
the best kind of fat you can eat. Go for it!

Nutrition information per serving (1 piece, 1/8 of recipe, 71g): 128 cal,
.3g fat, 4g protein, 27g complex-carbohydrates, .5g sugar, 1g dietary
fiber, 401mg sodium, 50mg potassium, 2mg iron, 66mg calcium, 36 mg

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