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muffuletta bread



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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


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Step 1

Add warm water to a measuring cup and stir in the sugar.  Stir in the yeast and set aside for 5-10 minutes or until foamy.

Step 2

While the yeast is developing, add the bread flour, salt, and shortening to the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a hook attachment.

Step 3

When the yeast is foamy, add it to the flour mixture and knead the dough on low to medium speed until the dough is fully incorporated and the dough is soft and smooth.

Step 4

Lightly oil a medium bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, flipping it over once or twice to lightly coat with oil. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and put in a draft free space until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Step 5

When the dough has risen, punch it down and transfer to a lightly floured surface.

Step 6

Form the dough into a 10" diameter round loaf and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 7

Whisk the egg and water in a small bowl and lightly brush the top of the loaf with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and set aside in a draft free space to rise a second time until almost doubled in size, about one hour.

Step 8

Place rack in the center of oven and preheat to 425°. Bake loaf in the center of the oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375° and continue baking for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Step 9

Let loaf cool before slicing.