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- 7 grams yeast
- 1/3 cup water (tepid, not hotter than 38 Celsius)
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour (preferably unbleached, low in gluten- 8 or 9%)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/4 cups water (tepid, between 21-23 Celsius.)
- Preheat the oven to 230 Celsius.
- Dissolve the yeast in the 1/3 cup water. Set aside.
- Mix the flour with the yeast, salt, and the rest of the water.
- Place the dough into the mixer on low speed, adding water or flour as necessary.
- Remove from the mixer and let rest on a surface for 3 minutes.
- Return the dough to the bowl and mix again, on medium speed for 5 minutes. If necessary, repeat resting for 2 minutes and beating for 2 minutes until the dough is elastic.
- Knead on a floured surface until for approximately 2 minutes.
- Place into a clean greased bowl and set aside, covered, to rise in a warm place until tripled in volume, approximately 3-5 hours.
- Punch down the dough and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead until firm. Grease the bowl again. Place the dough back into the bowl and set aside, covered, to rise in a warm place until doubled or tripled in volume, approximately 2 hours.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, knead until firm and smooth, and form into an oval shape. Sprinkle with flour and wrap inside a cloth. Cover with plastic and set aside until doubled in volume, approximately 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours.
- Carefully place into a baking pan. Cut slightly into the bread with a serrated knife. Spritz or brush with cold water. Bake for 3 minutes, spritz or brush with water again, and repeat 3 more times.
- Place a few cubes of ice in the bottom of the oven and bake for 12 minutes more.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
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