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Baked Rustic Country Loaf

Traeger Kitchen

Baked Rustic Country Loaf

Prep Time

2 Hours

Cook Time

30 Minutes

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Try a warm slice of this simple, rustic bread with a slab of butter and sprinkling of sea salt. You just may turn your backyard into your own Traeger bakery.


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    • 1

      To make the starter: Stir all of the starter ingredients together to make a thick, pudding-like mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 2 hours. For best flavor, let the starter rest longer; overnight (up to 16 hours) is best.
    • 2

      Place all ingredients for starter on the bowl of your mixer, with the bread hook on, mix the ingredients together. Turn the machine off, cover the bowl with a light kitchen towel and let the starter rest as directed above.
    • 3

      To make the dough: Stir down the starter with a spoon and add the water, yeast, sugar, 3 1/4 cups of the flour, and the salt. The dough will be a loose, messy mass. Let it rest for 12 to 15 minutes, then stir it again. It should become more cohesive and a bit smoother.
    • 4

      Transfer dough to a flat surface, knead the dough, adding more flour as necessary, 10 to 12 minutes.
    • 5

      Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or plastic container, cover with lightly greased plastic wrap, and let it rise until almost doubled (about 1 to 2 hours).
    • 6

      Deflate the dough gently, but don't knock out all the air. For one large loaf, form the dough into a round ball. For two loaves, divide the dough in half and shape into two balls. Place a cornmeal-dusted piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
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      Gently place the ball(s) of dough on the baking sheet, seam-side down. Cover the bread gently with lightly greased plastic wrap, and let rise until it's puffy and about 40% to 50% larger, anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.
    • 8

      Start Traeger grill and set temperature to High and pre-heat, lid closed, for 15 minutes.
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    • 9

      Slash or cross-hatch the bread with a sharp knife. Dust it with a little flour.
    • 10

      Reduce the heat to 425 degrees F and spritz with water every few minutes for the first 15 minutes of baking. Bake the bread for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until it's a rich golden brown, and its interior temperature registers at least 190 degrees F on a digital thermometer. Smaller loaves will bake more quickly, so keep your eye on them.
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    • 11

      Remove bread from Traeger grill, and let it cool on a rack. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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