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Rustic Country Bread

My husband had a favorite sandwich shop that closed and the bread for the sandwiches was a sourdough type with a great texture. After much experimentation, I have come close to duplicating the bread's taste and texture. You can easily halve this recipe for only one loaf.—
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (8 wedges)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Additional water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add salt, vinegar and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Do not knead. Transfer to a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 50 minutes.
  • Stir dough down. Transfer to a greased 9-in. pie plate. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 35 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°. Brush with oil. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown, spritzing twice with additional water.
Nutrition Facts
1 wedge: 135 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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