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Saturday, March 30, 2013

French Bread - Recipe with Photos

I love baking. I suspect my friends have figured that out by now! I especially love fresh-baked bread. Mmmm... I know that if I make fresh bread, my family doesn't mind a new - sometimes weird - recipe. So I make bread a lot. Like, a lot! :)

I have seen this recipe on Pinterest several times, and maybe you have too. The funny thing is, I have been a loyal subscriber to the original source: for several years, and have not tried this bread. Till now.

I tried it. My friends - you should try it too. Eat it warm. With lots and lots of real butter. I'm tellin' ya!

First, you pour warm water into the bowl of your mixer.
(Yes, you are allowed to mix it up by hand. Doesn't make a difference.)
I love my Kitchenaid, and use it all the time.
Next, dump in the yeast.
Add sugar...

...and vinegar. Yes, you heard that right! Weird, huh? I have never ever made bread with vinegar in before.
(I found 'real' vinegar at Walmart, recently. Did you know you really need to buy vinegar with the 'Mother"? You didn't? Well now you know.:-) )

 Then dump in oil...

Let it set for 5 min, then add flour...
...and salt.
 Mix on low speed till the flour is incorporated.

Then turn it on medium speed, and mix it good for 3-5 min, or until the dough starts to clean the bowl. Like this:
 Let it rise till doubled. This was perfect.
 But -  My Cowboy called and said he needed me.
To come out and help him get a cow into the chute.
So I helped him.
When I came back in the house, this is how the dough looked:

 Well, it doesn't really matter. Bread is very forgiving. Just turn on the mixer a second or two to 'punch down' the dough, and let it rise a second time - if you have time to wait.

Sprinkle a sheet pan with cornmeal,
 The divide the dough into equal parts. More or less. It's really, really hard to shape a loaf of bread while taking a picture, so holding it in my hand was about as good as I could do. Just imagine pulling and shaping it into a long loaf.

Then repeat on the other half. It should look like this when you're done:

Then beat the egg, and brush it on. I hope you don't have to do it left handed, while taking an awkward photo with your right hand - very unhandy!

After the egg wash, take a sharp, serrated knife, and cuts slits diagonally along each loaf.

Let it raise while the oven is pre-heating. My house is warm enough, that once the oven is preheated, the bread is risen sufficiently. You may have to leave it a bit longer. But this bread has a lot of yeast, so it does rise faster than some bread. It should look something like this when risen:

Bake. When you remove, this is how it should look - beautiful, golden, yum!

French Bread Recipe
2.5 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon salt
1/3 cup oil
5 1/2 - 6 cups flour
1 egg
Mix water, yeast, sugar, and vinegar. Let it set 5 minutes.
Add flour, salt, and oil.
Mix 3-5 minutes.
Let rise till doubled.
Punch down and let rise again. (second rising is optional)
Divide into 2 loaves.
Preheat oven to 350*.
Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal.
Beat egg, brush onto bread.
Cut slits in top of loaves.
Let raise till doubled.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or til golden brown.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing!! I've been looking for a french bread recipe!


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