Crusty Country Loaf

Crusty Country Loaf

This recipe for a crusty country loaf is a delicious bread that you can make at home that is similar to the bread you’d buy from a bakery.

There’s nothing like homemade crusty bread right? These loaves are bursting full of flavor due to their natural fermentation of 2 hours. Once you make this crusty country loaf bread I guarantee you will never buy store-bought bread again.

I have adapted this homemade recipe so it can easily be prepared right in your kitchen, measurements have been converted from baker’s percentage which we use in our bakery when formulating recipes. You can also use this recipe to make this bread using your bread machine.

Ingredients For Crusty Country Loaf

  • 2 packages of dry yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 cups flour

How To Make Crusty Country Loaf Bread?

  1. Dissolve yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in warm water, and let stand for 10 minutes to proof.
  2. Add the remaining sugar, salt, eggs, melted butter, and 3 cups of flour.
  3. Mix well and slowly add the remaining flour until incorporated. You may need more or less flour to reach the correct consistency.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place it into a lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough over to grease all sides.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 2 hours.
  7. Punch down the dough and dive in half. Place one half on floured surface and roll into a 9 x 18-inch rectangle.
  8. Beginning at the narrow edge, roll up the dough, pressing firmly to eliminate any air bubbles. Pinch the seam and ends to seal the dough. Place the dough seam side down into a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
  9. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  10. Brush the tops of the dough with vegetable oil or melted butter.
  11. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  14. Enjoy!

crusty country loaf bread

Crusty Country Loaf Recipe

This crusty country loaf recipe is a traditional country style bread that is delicious and easy to make. It’s a great starter loaf or as a side to your meal.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Bulk Fermention plus final proof 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packages of dry yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 cups flour

Instructions
 

  • Dissolve yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in warm water, and let stand for 10 minutes to proof.
  • Add the remaining sugar, salt, eggs, melted butter, and 3 cups of flour.
  • Mix well and slowly add the remaining flour until incorporated. You may need more or less flour to reach the correct consistency.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place it into a lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough over to grease all sides.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough and dive in half. Place one half on floured surface and roll into a 9 x 18-inch rectangle.
  • Beginning at the narrow edge, roll up the dough, pressing firmly to eliminate any air bubbles. Pinch the seam and ends to seal the dough. Place the dough seam side down into a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
  • Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  • Brush the tops of the dough with vegetable oil or melted butter.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Enjoy!
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