Easy Crusty Bread

    Easy Crusty Bread


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    To make a nice crusty bread, bake bread in the afternoon and pop into oven again for 5 minutes before meal. You'll be surprised how much better it is if you reheat it that last 5 minutes.

    Serves: 12 

    • 3 cups (375g) unbleached plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/8 (280ml) cups warm water
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    • 1 tablespoon polenta

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:50min rising  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

    1. Add all ingredients except egg, 1 tablespoon water, sesame seeds and polenta into your bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the dough cycle.
    2. Divide dough into 2 parts and form into loaves. Sprinkle polenta on greased baking tray. Place loaves on tray seam side down. Brush top of loaves with water. Let rise until doubled, about 50 minutes.
    3. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
    4. Brush loaves with egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Make 4 cuts about 5mm deep across top of loaf. Place a pan of hot water in bottom of oven. Bake bread for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.

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