A plastic crate containing three loaves of bread made with four ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast.
Simple Rustic Loaf
Makes 1 loaf
1 ¼ cups water
3 teaspoons yeast
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups unbleached bread flour, divided
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Combine the water, yeast and whole wheat flour; stir to form a batter. Allow to ferment for 1 hour. Add the bread flour along with the salt and knead the dough for 10-12 minutes. Place the dough in a bowl at room temperature, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to ferment for 1 – 1 ½ hours. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently shape it into a loafl. Place it in a lightly oiled loaf pan and cover with a towel. Allow it to rise for 1 hour. Position the oven rack to the center of the oven and place a shallow pan of water directly on the oven floor. Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes. Remove it from the oven and it's pan and place it on a wire rack or towel to cool before slicing.