If you are looking for an easy bread recipe, this is it. Because there's no kneading involved, the bread is simple to make. A neighbor gave me this delicious recipe years ago after I had sampled the bread at her house.
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar. Add the yeast mixture and remaining water; stir until combined. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Stir dough down. Divide in half. Place each half in a greased 1-qt. round casserole or ovenproof bowl. Brush tops with butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Remove from pans; serve warm if desired. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Peasant Bread in Country April/May 1994, p51
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