Homemade Crusty Bread

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When I first bought a KitchenAid mixer, I was all over bread baking. Totally addicted. But my inability to make a super crusty bread with a super squishy inside caused a brief bread baking hiatus. And then I re-discovered the ever-popular New York Times bread recipe and figured it was high time to bake some bread again.

But this time around, it was going to be different. You see… I’ve learned some new tricks, some new cheats, and I’m less afraid than ever to use them. Like “helping out” rising dough. I heated my oven to 170 degrees (the lowest it would go) and then turned it off. When it lowered to about 100 degrees, I set my covered dough bowl in there for two hours.

When I removed the dough from the oven, I knew there was a possibility that I messed something up, big time. But when I saw that the small, sticky dough turned into a huge dough monster, it was oh so apparent that assisting the dough was totally ok.

This recipe yielded 4 loaves, which was a perfect way to fit a little experimenting in. I made one large traditional loaf, one round loaf in a ceramic cast iron, and another loaf brushed with egg whites in a ceramic cast iron. The most beautiful loaf, which I have yet to cut in to because it’s that beautiful, was the traditional loaf. And the loaf with the best crust was the egg white loaf .

Next time, I plan on coating the traditional loaf with egg whites halfway through the baking process. And next time… I’ll be adding fresh herbs and cutting the recipe in half. Because nobody, and I mean nobody, needs multiple loaves of crusty, squishy bread in their kitchen at one time.

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5 Comments

  1. Beverlee Sigman

    There is no full recipe for the Crusty Italian Bread.

  2. Irene

    The recipe for Homemade Crusty Bread is not visible on this post…..please print out so it is puble..

  3. Glenn

    Where’s the recipe and the remainder of the instructions? Everything on your site is click bait and advertising. Why would you promote and create a recipe with no ingredient list?

  4. Patti

    I read your notes about helping the dough rise, and brushing the loaves with egg whites, but where is the actual recipe?

  5. Meg Trager

    Where IS the recipe?
    You say,”Don’t lose this recipe.” and I appreciate the notes and tips, but where is the actual recipe?

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