This rustic loaf, like many peasant dishes of old, is hardly the food of country bumpkins. It is bread fit for a king.
Serves: 16Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 3 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 3⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
- 1⁄4 cup rye flour
- 1⁄4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1⁄4 cup cornmeal
- In a large bowl, combine water, honey, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Add rye flour and whole wheat flour; stir to combine. Add salt and enough bread flour to create a firm dough. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes. Return to bowl, dust the top with flour, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment, and sprinkle with cornmeal. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface, divide into 2 equal portions, and shape into round loaves. Place onto prepared pan and set aside to proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Dust the top of the risen loaves with flour. Using a serrated knife, slash a crosshatch pattern into the surface of the risen dough, about 1⁄2 inch deep. Place a pan of cold water at the bottom of the oven to create steam. Bake until golden brown and hollow sounding, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool completely on a rack before serving.