- 3 1/4 cups Bread Flour
- 3 1/4 cups All Purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon instant or active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 3 cups water, warmed
- 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water
- Whisk together flours, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add water and stir together with a wooden spoon to form a shaggy dough. It’ll take about 2-3 minutes to come together.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let proof at room temperature for around 5-6 hours. The dough will double in size and may start to fall. This is OK. It just has to double initially.
- When you’re ready to bake, turn the dough out on a floured surface and lightly knead 3–4 times. The dough will be slightly sticky but resist from putting too much flour on it. A Bench Scraper works PERFECTLY here! Cut the dough in 2 equal sized pieces. Shape the dough into a rectangle approximately 8×12″. Place 1 1/2 tablespoon butter across the middle.
- Fold one third of the dough into the center, place 1 1/2 tablespoon butter on top of the fold followed by the other third. Place seam side-down in a buttered 9×5″ Bread Loaf Pan.
- Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise for approximately 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. The dough will not rise above the pan; you just want it to double in the pan.
- Preheat your oven to 450F with the rack in the middle. In a bowl beat the egg and water until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the bread with the egg wash. (See note if you do not want to use the egg). Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the top of the loaf has just begun to brown. Remove from the oven and turn out on to cooling racks.
- Let cool for at least an hour before slicing.
The only special piece of equipment you need is a
9×5″ Bread Loaf Pan. These truly are the BEST pans out there!
Another item I highly recommend is a Bench Scraper. This will make your life SO MUCH easier when it comes to working with doughs!
If you do not want to use the egg wash, before you preheat your oven place a metal pan on the bottom rack. Let the oven come to temperature. Right before putting the bread in the oven, lightly mist the top with water. Place the pan on the rack and immediately (WORK FAST!) pour 1 cup of hot water into the baking pan on the bottom. Close the oven door and do NOT open it until the bread is done!