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by , 02-16-2009 at 11:39 PM (1786 Views)
Tonight, I made several mini-loaves of artisan bread. I think it was Crazy Homemaker who listed the link. SO easy and SO good! I made 7 loaves (well, 8, but I didn't hear the oven timer on the 8th one, so it burnt).

The basic recipe is 1.5 T of yeast and 1.5 T of salt in 3 cups of warm water. Add 6.5 cups of flour. Mix, then let rise 2 hours. Shape into loaves and set on plate covered with cornmeal, and let rise 40 minutes. Cut a couple of slits in the dough, then bake in 450F oven for 30 minutes. If you do it the way the recipe calls for, you bake on a pre-heated pizza stone over a baking dish with water in it. (I don't have a pizza stone, so I used an inverted glass baking dish.)

I brushed the dough with egg white, then sprinkled sea salt, rosemary, and thyme on the top before baking. It came out HEAVENLY!!

One small loaf is plenty for two people for one meal, so the remaining six loaves should last me for twelve meals. It should freeze nicely and would also make excellent bread bowls for soup or chili.

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Updated 01-22-2011 at 01:38 PM by madhen

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    This bread is so addicting, I don't think it will last you twelve meals! Well it wouldn't for me anyway.
  2. cmdarlin's Avatar
    Ok... I have been burning out here for a MHBD... I may just stay home from painting to do this! Sounds easy! Did you take pictures?
  3. cmdarlin's Avatar
    Figured I should clarify... MHBD = Mental Health Baking Day!
  4. brycespeed's Avatar
    Does anyone know how long yeast lasts? Is it really bad after the expiration date? It seems to have a short shelf life...any experienced bakers out there?
  5. madhen's Avatar
    There is a pic of the original artisan bread in my food album, but not of the "new and improved" bread. Makes a killer pizza crust, btw.
  6. madhen's Avatar
    I try to either use up yeast by its expiration date or put it in the freezer. I'd add another six months to its life, if you keep it in the freezer.