Water Bread

Water Bread


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This is a simple and delicious white bread with no oil. It's baked on a crusting of polenta and you can add sesame seeds if you like.


Serves: 24 

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 cups (1 kg) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon polenta
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:2hours rising  ›  Ready in:3hours5min 

  1. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add sugar and salt and mix well. Stir in enough flour to pull the dough into a ball.
  2. On a well-floured surface, knead dough for 7 minutes, incorporating in the remaining flour. Place dough in a greased bowl. Let rise until doubled.
  3. Using a lightly floured board, form dough into 2 long or round loaves. Sprinkle cornmeal on greased baking tray and arrange loaves on top. Slash loaves with a sharp knife. Cover, and let rise until almost doubled.
  4. Brush top of loaves with cold water. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Place in a cold oven.
  5. Turn oven to 200 degrees C and bake for 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Brush twice during baking time with cold water.

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