Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Make A Meal.

Hellooooo. Have we been eating?? Why yes, we have. I just don't put anything on my blog anymore. Sheesh! But here is a wonderful french bread recipe that I love. And I remember many moons ago, Kim k asked about the recipe. Kim k...This one's for you!!
Easy French Bread
1 Tbs yeast
2 1/2 c warm water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 Tbs salt
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt and 1 cup flour. Beat. Add rest of flour and knead on floured board or in standing mixer, 5 minutes.
Let rise 30-45 minutes.
Grease a cookie sheet and sprinkle lightly with corn meal.
Punch down bread dough and knead 1 minute.
Divide dough into 2 parts and let rest 10 minutes.
Roll each dough piece into ropes as long as your cookie sheet making sure there is room to rise between loaves.
Make several evenly spaced shallow cuts diagonally in the top of each loaf and brush with egg wash or water. preheat oven to 450.
Let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
Place a pan of hot water on lower shelf in oven.
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 and bake another 20-25 minutes. You should hear a hollow sound when you knock on the top of the loaf.
Remove from pan and cool and wrap in plastic bags.
Note: This is a halved recipe. You can double it to make the regular recipe which would give you 3-4 loaves!

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