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“This recipe is simple and great. I got it at a church women's function and have made it many, many times since.”
READY IN:
1hr 20mins
YIELD:
2 loaves
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Pour warm water into a large, warm mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in sugar, salt, oil, 3 cups of flour, and yeast.
  3. Beat vigorously for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in remaining flour until all dry ingredients are incorporated, leaving spoon right in batter.
  5. Allow dough to rest 10 minutes; then stir down.
  6. Allow dough to rest another 10 minutes and stir down again.
  7. Repeat this process until dough has been stirred down 5 times.
  8. Turn dough onto floured surface.
  9. Knead only enough to coat the dough with flour so it can be handled.
  10. Divide dough into 2 parts.
  11. Roll each half into a rectangle approximately 9x12 inches, and roll up like a jelly roll starting from the long side.
  12. Pinch ends to seal.
  13. Arrange on a large baking sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal, leaving enough room for both loaves.
  14. Cover lightly and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  15. With a very sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slashes on top of each loaf.
  16. Brush each loaf with beaten egg.
  17. Bake immediately at 400°F for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  18. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.
  19. *NOTE: I have used my Kitchenaid mixer to do all the mixing and it works great either way.

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