Rosemary Artisan Bread


3 cups lukewarm water
1-1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast (1-1/2 packets)
1-1/2 tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt
6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour,
 measured with the scoop-and-sweep method
2 tablespoons sugar (my addition, not in original recipe)
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary (optional)
Cornmeal for pizza peel


Mix all ingredients in large bowl with a wooden spoon. Allow to sit for at least 2 hours.

Shape into loaves. Allow to rise for 40 minutes minimum.

Using plenty of flour, make slices into bread using a serrated knife.

This is when I brush away the flour and use egg white so bread bakes a golden brown.

Bake in hot oven in shelf in middle, 450 degrees on baking stone for 25 minutes.

Place bread in oven. Shut door. Open door and put one cup of water onto a tray that has been placed on any other shelf. Follow up with spraying sides of oven with water bottle.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting.