Basic Rising Bread

This bread recipe contains only five necessary ingredients, making this an ideal bread for beginning bakers, those who don’t have more diverse ingredients available, and those who are looking to experiment with different flours and extra additions. Although there are fewer necessary ingredients, this recipe calls for a little more attention and time in the pre-baking process. Every twenty minutes for an hour, the dough must be kneaded and shaped to allow for the chemical reaction between the dry yeast and whatever flour you picked to take place. The fast baking time somewhat makes up for this. The lack of butter, milk, and eggs calls for some humidity during baking, therefore the ice cubes in the oven.
400g white flour + 100g wheat flour (recommended) –Or– 500g of any flour
5g dry yeast
10g salt
335ml warm water
a few ice cubes

Optional: dried fruit, nuts, seeds, honey

Total duration:

Almost three hours

1. Mix the flour(s), dry yeast, warm water, and salt together very well and knead the resulting dough.

2. After kneading, shape the dough into a long and flat oblong.
3. Cover the shaped dough with cloth and leave to sit for 20 minutes.
4. Knead and shape the dough and leave to sit for 20 minutes.
5. Knead, shape, and cover the dough for the second time and leave to sit for 20 minutes.
6. Knead, shape, and cover the dough for the third time and leave to sit for 20 minutes.
7. Set the oven to preheat at 250 °C.
8. Knead, shape, and cover the dough for the fourth and last time, but instead of twenty minutes, set your timer for one hour and allow the loaf to sit for the duration of that hour.
9. Turn the oven temperature down to 200 °C. Place a few ice cubes at the bottom of the oven and bake the loaf for 30 minutes.
10. Remove the loaf from the oven. The loaf will be very hot, so it is recommended to wait before placing a piece of it near or in your face despite the alluring scent emanating from it.

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