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1 Tbs. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup warm water
5 cups flour
1 Tbs. salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup warm water and let proof.
Combine flour and salt in large bowl, add yeast mixture and another
1 1/2 cups warm water. Mix thoroughly, adding more water if
necessary. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for 10-15 min.
until dough is soft, silky and elastic. Return to bowl cover and
let rise until double, about 1 hour. Punch dough down and form
into one round loaf or two oblong loaves.

Sprinkle base of clay baker with cornmeal. Place loaf in baker
and cover. Let rise for 1 hour. Cut 2-3 slashes in top of loaf
and brush with cold water. Cover clay baker, place in 450 over
and bake for 15 min., reduce heat to 400 and bake another 30-40
min. or until crusty, golden brown. Cool on rack.

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