Crusty European Style White Bread Recipe

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Crusty European Style White Bread
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  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (105-115f)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 7 cups bread flour


  1. In a warm bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add salt, melted butter (cooled), and flour.
  2. Using stand mixer with dough hook mix ingredients, on low speed, for one minute. Allow to rest for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Continue to knead for 2 more minutes on low speed until dough is firm and no longer sticky.
  4. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour. Dough should increase 1.5-2 times.
  5. Deflate dough and turn on to floured surface. Pat dough flat into a rectangular shape and fold into three sections as you would a letter. Repeat 2 times.
  6. Return to bowl, smooth side up and cover with plastic. Allow to rise for at least 1-1.5 hours. Dough should increase 2.5-3 times.
  7. Cut dough into two equal parts and shape each into a round loaf making sure that you create sufficient surface tension on the top of the loaf. Gather the dough at the bottom as you shape the loaf, pinching the dough together on the bottom and forming a seal. Place both loaves bottom side up on a floured linen towel and cover with another floured linen towel. Allow to rise for an additional 1-1.5 hours.
  8. Note: all rises should be in a fairly warm place (70-75F).
  9. Place an oven proof skillet at the bottom of oven.
  10. Preheat oven to 475F, then reduce to 450°F.
  11. Place bread on parchment paper and, with very sharp knife, cut a cross into the top about 1/2 inch deep.
  12. Slide parchment paper with loaf into oven on a pre-heated baking stone. Immediately pour 1/2 cup water into skillet to produce necessary steam. (Check you oven's instructions to make sure that this will not damage your oven.).
  13. Bake for 20 minutes. Then check bread to be sure it isn't getting too dark. Continue baking for another 15 minutes.
  14. Check internal bread tempeature with thermometer. If it has reached 200F then it's finished.
  15. If not finished, reduce to 400F andbake an additions 8-10 minutes. Check temperature again.
  16. Place on rack, allow to cool before eating.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 902.47 Kcal (3778 kJ)
Calories from fat 71.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.95g 12%
Cholesterol 7.63mg 3%
Sodium 1754.07mg 73%
Potassium 274.8mg 6%
Total Carbs 176.47g 59%
Dietary Fiber 5.75g 23%
Protein 30.22g 60%
Iron 9.7mg 54%
Calcium 53.8mg 5%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 225.92 Kcal (946 kJ)
Calories from fat 17.92 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.99g 12%
Cholesterol 1.91mg 3%
Sodium 439.1mg 73%
Potassium 68.79mg 6%
Total Carbs 44.18g 59%
Dietary Fiber 1.44g 23%
Protein 7.57g 60%
Iron 2.4mg 54%
Calcium 13.5mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.9
  • 24

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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