Rustic White Bread

Rustic White Bread


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About this recipe: This is a simple white bread made with water, flour and yeast. It's dusted with corn meal and sesame seeds on top which give it a lovely crusty edge.


Serves: 24 

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dried active yeast
  • 475ml warm water (about 45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1kg plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:45min rising  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

  1. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water or potato water. Add sugar and salt and mix well. Stir in enough flour to pull the dough into a ball.
  2. On a well-floured surface, knead dough for 7 minutes, incorporating in the remaining flour. Place dough in a greased bowl. Let rise until doubled.
  3. Using a lightly floured board, form dough into 2 long or round loaves. Sprinkle corn meal on a greased baking tray; place loaves on top. Slash top with a sharp knife. Cover, and let rise until almost doubled.
  4. Brush top of loaves with cold water. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Place in a cold oven.
  5. Turn oven to 200 degrees C/Gas Mark 6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Brush twice during baking time with cold water.

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