for family meals :
recipe comes from the 'all_dessert_recipes' group
at Yahooand was posted by Andrea J Sykes.
c Unbleached, all-purpose Flour
1 pk Dried yeast
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 ts Cumin seed, ground
1 c Plus 3 oz. lukewarm water
the flour, yeast, salt, and ground cumin in
a large mixing bowl. Blend well. Add the water
and mix the dough for 2 - 3 minutes, until all
the water is absorbed and evenly distributed.
The dough will be damp and very sticky, but
no internal dry areas should appear by the end
of the mixing. If they do, mix a few minutes
more, or add a little more water and mix again.
the dough rest 5 minutes. Now sprinkle 1 or
2 tbsps. flour over the dough and knead, either
in the bowl or on a lightly floured surface
for 5 - 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth
and elastic and only slightly sticky. Add more
flour if needed (e.g. in humid weather). Let
the dough rest for 2 minutes more.
dough should now be very smooth and easy to
handle. Knead 30 seconds more, return the dough
to the bowl, cover the bowl with a dish towel
or large plate, and let rise at room temperature
for at least 3 hours; the dough should almost
triple in size.
the top of the dough lightly, punch it down,
and remove the dough from the mixing bowl. Form
the dough into a rectangular loaf and place
in a well greasad loaf pan, 9-1/4 inches by
5-1/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches. Cover with a towel
and let rise 1 hour, until nicely risen.
in a preheated 400º oven for 35 minutes,
until browned on top; the bottom of the bread
should sound hollow when tapped with the finger.
Let the bread cool, then serve.