Italian Bread Ring

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Italian Bread Ring

A no-knead yeast bread that makes a huge round loaf. For variety, use part whole-wheat flour or throw in some wheat germ. –Stone House Inn, North Thetford, Vermont

Yield: Makes 1 ring

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 cups flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into bits and softened
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 to 3 cups warm water
  • Cornmeal

Instructions

In small bowl proof yeast in 1/4 cup warm water and sugar In large bowl combine flour, butter, and salt. Blend in yeast mixture and eggs and gradually add 2 to 3 cups warm water enough to make a soft dough. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in warm place for 2 hours, or until double in bulk. Punch down dough. Sprinkle a greased or Teflon-coated baking sheet with cornmeal. Form dough into a ring on baking sheet, let rise for 10 minutes, and bake in preheated 400 degrees F oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F and bake 1-1/2 hours more or until lightly browned. Cool on rack.
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