Good, Simple Bread

1 1/2 cups warm water
3 cups flour  (I use Pillsbury unbleached)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
2 1/2 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil

Mix water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Let is sit for several minutes in a warm place until it is nice and bubbly. Add salt and stir well. The add the flour and stir until it all comes together.

Pull the dough out and sprinkle flour on a cutting board or counter. Knead the bread for a couple of minutes. Then put a little oil in the bowl, and put the bread back in. Cover it with a towel and let it rise for an hour or so in a warm place.

Remove it from the bowl, and form it into an oval on a baking sheet. Brush it with olive oil, and sprinkle a bit more salt on it. Then carefully slash three horizontal lines across the top. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

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