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  1. 1996 Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes, at which point the dough will have risen noticeably, although it may not have doubled. While the bread is proofing, place a rack in the lowest position in the oven and fit it with a baking stone or quarry tiles, leaving a gap of at least

  2. 1 inch all around. Preheat the oven to

  3. 375 degrees. Place a linen towel on a baking sheet, rub the towel with flour, and set aside; this will be the resting place for the breads' final rise. Rub a baker's peel or baking sheet with cornmeal or flour. Fill a spray bottle with water; set aside. Turn the bread out onto a lightly floured surface and, using a dough scraper, cut the dough in half. To shape each half into a torpedo shape, first shape it into a ball and then flatten it into a disk. Starting at the end farthest from you, roll up the dough toward you. When you're on your last roll, stop and pull the free end of dough toward you, stretching it gently, and dust its edge with flour. Finish the roll and, if necessary, rock the loaf back and forth a little to taper the ends and form a torpedo, or football. Place the loaves on the floured towel, seam-side down, and cover them with the ends of the towel (or another towel). Let the breads rise at room temperature for 20 minutes. When you're ready to bake, spray the walls of the preheated oven with water and immediately close the oven door to trap the steam. Turn the breads out, seam-side up, onto the peel or baking sheet and transfer them to the oven. Spray the oven with water again and bake the loaves for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is very brown, the loaves sound hollow when

  4. 200 degrees when an instant-read thermometer is plunged into the center of the loaves. Remove the loaves from the oven and cool on a rack for at least

  5. 20 minutes before slicing. While you should wait for the bread to firm up in the cooling process, slathering this bread with butter while it's still warm is a great treat. Store at room temperature. Once sliced, the bread should be turned cut-side down on a cutting board; it will keep at room temperature for about 2 days. For longer storage, wrap airtight and freeze for up to a month. Thaw, still wrapped, at room temperature.

  6. 2 Loaves, about 24 slices. This recipe from Leslie Mackie can be found in "Baking With Julia" by Dorie Greenspan


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