2 Hours 35 Minutes
All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour Water Instant Yeast Light Brown Sugar Salt Olive Oil Cooking Spray Milk (Optional)
Add the dough ingredients to a stand mixer with a dough attachment. Knead for approximately 7 minutes. Next, transfer the hard dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for a couple of minutes until the dough becomes smooth with a firm, elastic texture.
Proof the dough in the Instant Pot on the yogurt setting for 2 hours until it has doubled in size. Punch the dough down and form into a ball on a floured surface. Divide the dough into 2 parts and push down with the heel of your hand.
Next, carefully roll the ball into a tight roll. The shape should be elongated with rounded ends. Repeat the steps of flattening and rolling the second ball and then place them both on a sheet, cover with a towel, and allow it to proof again for 30 minutes.
Coat the bread with milk. Next, using a razor blade, slash the dough widthwise about ¼ inch deep, keeping the blade at a 45 degree angle. Place a bowl of water in the bottom of the oven. Bake the bread at 400°F for 20-25 minutes on the bottom level oven rack.
Finally, for a nice crusty bread, allow the bread loaves to cool on a wire rack before slicing them with a bread knife and serving with olive oil, cheese, or your favorite dishes.