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And right or wrong this is how i do it, I never have any complaints  :) 




  • Stir together all of the ingredients except the cornmeal and salt in a large bowl. starting with 450 grams of the flour and 275 grams water. Let the shaggy mess rest for 20 minutes covered. Then add remaining 50 grams of flour 55 grams of water and salt. Let rest an hour then stretch and fold. Stretch and fold two hours after that. Then refrigerate overnight in a sealed container.


The next morning let the dough come up to room temp for a half hour and stretch and fold one more time. Then place loaf in a floured Banneton bowl, covered for 4 hours. It should become nice and puffy. Gently poke your index finger into the top of the loaf, if the indentation remains, your bread is ready to bake


  • Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 450°F
  • Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and cut to shape for dutch oven with tabs for handles. Put the cornmeal on the paper and gently roll the loaf on to the sheet and score the loaf however you like. Immediately put it in the oven.
  • Put loaf in oven and turn temp down to 435. Bake the bread for 35 minutes and remove lid, then cook an additional 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap it on the bottom. The interior temperature of the bread should register about 205°F on a digital thermometer.
  • Turn the oven off, crack the door open, and allow the bread to remain inside for 10 additional minutes; this helps the crust crisp. Remove the bread from the oven and cool it on a rack. And wipe any additional cornmeal off the bottom.



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