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Oven Roasted Garlic Artisan Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 21/2 Tsp Active Yeast
  • 21/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Small Head Roasted Garlic

Instructions

  1. Roast a head of garlic by cutting off the top of the garlic to expose the cloves. Drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. Cover and roast at 400°F for 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  2. Combine warm water (approximately 110 degrees), yeast, salt & garlic in a large bowl. Stir until most of the yeast dissolves.
  3. Stir flour into water mixture until combined. This will be a very wet dough. Cover with a clean towel and set on counter to rise for approximately 2 hours.
  4. After the initial rise, the dough should have doubled in size. Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and flour your hands.
  5. Portion the dough into 2 equal pieces. Adding flour as needed, shape the dough into a round loaf. The other portion of dough may remain in the fridge until ready to use or you can bake both!
  6. Place the shaped loaf onto a floured pizza peel or wooden cutting board. Let rise for 40 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Preheat a baking stone by placing it on the top rack placed in the middle of the oven. Place a broiler pan/metal pie pan on the second rack directly under the baking stone. Dust the stone with cornmeal to prevent sticking.
  8. After the 40 minute rise is complete, transfer the loaf to the preheated baking stone. Pour 1 cup of hot water into the broiler pan/pie pan. This water will create steam that will result in a very crusty loaf.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, the outer crust will be dark in color but moist and chewy on the inside. To check that your bread is done, tap the bottom of the loaf it should sound hollow
  10. Allow the bread to rest prior to cutting.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms