- Bread Flour - 2 2/3 cups
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Sugar - 6 TBSP
- Dry Yeast - 2 1/4 tsp
- Ricotta cheese - 3/4 cup (I used part skim)
- Warm Water - 6 TBSP
- Butter - 2 TBSP plus more for brushing the loaf after baking
In a large bowl, mix warm water and yeast. Let it stand for about 10 minutes or till frothy. Add sugar, salt, ricotta cheese, melted butter and mix well. Slowly start adding flour to make a smooth ball. Knead for about 10 minutes. Coat with oil and cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 45 minutes to an hour. Deflate the dough. Grease a 9 X 5 pan with vegetable oil spray. Shape the dough into a loaf and place in the pan. Cover with an oiled aluminum foil and let rise for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Towards the end of the second rise period, preheat the oven to 375 F. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 325 F and tent the pan loosely with aluminum foil. Continue baking for another 15 minutes or till dark brown and sounds hollow when the bottom is tapped. Brush with melted butter. Cool completely before slicing.
This bread gets a dark color due to ricotta cheese. It isn't burnt. I used the bread machine on dough cycle to make the dough. All I had to do was shape the dough at the end of the cycle and place it in a pan and let rise one more time before baking.
I am sending these loaves to Susan's 'Yeastspotting'.
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