Easy Everyday Bread

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Yields: 1 loaf
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Rise: 1 hr
  • Chill: overnight
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Easy Everyday Bread
Ingredients
3/4
cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
1
package active dry yeast
1/2
cup milk
2
tablespoons sugar
2
tablespoons butter
1
teaspoon salt
2 1/2
 
Nonstick cooking spray or olive oil
 
Cornmeal
1
egg
2
teaspoons water
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together 3/4 cup water and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat and stir milk, sugar, butter, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and butter almost melts. Stir milk mixture into yeast mixture until combined. Stir in flour (dough will be sticky). Lightly coat a medium bowl with cooking spray; transfer dough to the greased bowl. Lightly coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray; cover bowl with the greased plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  2. Using a dough scraper or spatula, carefully loosen dough from bowl and turn out onto a floured surface. Cover with the greased plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes.
  3. Grease a baking sheet; sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Gently shape dough into an oblong oval loaf. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, using dough scraper or spatula if necessary. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 2 teaspoons water; brush over loaf. Bake in the preheated oven about 25 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in loaf registers at least 200 degrees F. If necessary, cover with foil during the last 5 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack.
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