The Bread Bible
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/8 tsp instant yeast
- 1 1/4 tsp honey
- 1 1/3 cup water at room temp.
- 1/34 cup plus 2 tbs bread flour
- 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl, covered with oiled plastic wrap until doubled, about an hour. Take the dough out and give it a business letter turn, and place in the bowl again. Let rise again until doubled, 45 min to an hour.
Turn out the dough on a lightly floured counter and shape into a free formed loaf, or shape to put in a loaf pan. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise until almost doubled, 45 min to an hour and 15 min.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees, have a pan on the floor of the oven.
Slash the dough and place it in the oven on a sheet or bake stone, then toss 1/2 cup of ice cubes on the sheet on the bottom of the oven. Mist the dough with water and close the door. Bake for 10 min. Lower the temp. to 425 degrees and bake for an additional 20-30 min. To ensure a crisp crust, leave the bread in the oven for an extra 5-10 min with the door propped open.
Cool the bread.
If you have any questions about this bread, or if I left out any details, leave me a comment and I will clarify.