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This recipe by Bonnie Ohara will provide you with the simplest, most basic way to get a loaf of bread onto your table. If you have any issues, the handy guide on page 88 will help!



Use this example to find your desired water temperature.

Take the desired dough temperature:


Multiply that number by 3:

75 × 3 = 225

(This is because there are three factors: flour temperature, air temperature, and water temperature.) Determine the temperature of the flour and the air:

Flour temperature: 65°F

Air temperature: 65°F

Friction factor: 5 (This number will always be 5 for handmixed doughs.)

Take 225 and subtract the other factors to arrive at the desired water temperature:

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