* Exported from MasterCook *
Recipe By :Jeff Smith
Serving Size : 30 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Bread Bread-Bakers Mailing List
Ethnic Low Fat
Side Dish Snacks
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 cups very hot water
1/2 cup butter -- margarine, or shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 teaspoons quick rising yeast
9 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
oil -- for the pan
Basque area covered parts of southwestern France and Northern Spain.
Originally this bread was simply baked in the ground with hot rocks
or on top of the fire with coals on top to the pot. The people at
Sunset Magazine have worked with some Basque sheepherders and have
come up with the recipe. You will need a 10" covered Dutch oven (5 qt size).
Yield: 1 very large loaf
In a bowl, combine the hot water, butter, sugar, and salt. Stir until
the butter melts; let cool to warm (110-115F). Stir in the yeast,
cover, and set in a warm place until bubbly, about 15 min.
Add 5C flour and beat with a heavy-duty mixer or wooden spoon to form
a thick batter. With a spoon, stir in enough of the remaining four
(about 3 1/2C) to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a
floured board and knead until smooth about 10 min, adding flour as
needed to prevent sticking. Turn the dough into a greased bowl,
cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hrs.
Punch down the dough and knead on a floured board to form a smooth
ball. Cut a circle of foil to cover the bottom of a Dutch oven.
Grease well the inside of the Dutch oven and the underside of the lid
with salad oil.
Place the dough in the pot and cover with the lid. Let rise in a warm
place until the dough pushes up the lid by about 1/2", about 1 hr
Bake, covered with the lid in a 375F oven for 12 min. Remove the lid
and bake for another 30-35 min, or until the loaf is golden brown and
sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from the oven and turn the loaf out
(you'll need a helper) onto a rack to cool.
"The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 186 Calories; 3g Fat (17.0%
calories from fat); 4g Protein; 34g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber;
8mg Cholesterol; 211mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean
Meat; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.