Rustic Tuscan Bread

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Total Time:
13 hours
Serves: 10
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Vegan Recipe
Course: Bread Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • Mix first: 1 cup - whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup - bread flour
  • 2 cups - lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp - active dry yeast.
  • Mix the rest: 2 cups - of bread flour
  • Between 1 and 2 cups - of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp - olive oil.

How to Make Rustic Tuscan Bread

  • Mix all the ingredients listed in 'mix first' in a large bowl by hand or in a stand mixer. Set aside to rise about 8 hours.
  • Now add bread flour, all-purpose flour and olive oil and mix by hand for about 15 minutes, or with the dough hook set to medium speed, for about 8 minutes.
  • The dough will be smooth but still rather sticky.
  • Place the dough in an oil-coated bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and set aside for 2 hours or until it's doubled.
  • Now lightly oil a baking sheet and cover it with some cornmeal
  • Punch down the dough and shape it into a round by pulling on the sides and tucking them underneath.
  • Place the loaf on the baking sheet, cover loosely with an oiled plastic sheet, and set aside in a warm place to rise, about 1.5 hours.
  • About half an hour before baking, heat the oven to 425 C.
  • Place a small pan (a pie plate or cake pan would do perfectly) in the lowest rack of the oven.
  • With a sharp knife, make two quick gashes, like a cross, on the top of the loaf, taking care not to deflate it.
  • Now place the bread into the preheated oven, and immediately add a cup of water to the pie plate/cake pan you'd already placed in the lowest rack of the oven.
  • Bake the bread for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.
  • Slice with a serrated knife and serve.
  • Recipe courtesy: Holy Cow Vegan