Easy French Bread
Well when they retired that ended. Now the original owners of that bakery sold out and retired themselves so bye bye GREAT FRENCH BREAD.
One day I was scouting around youtube at one of my favorite spots Katzcradul and she had a video on making FRENCH BREAD.
She made it look so easy I had to try it myself.
The outcome was FANTASTIC!
Well that ushered in my latest “re-craze” (I use to make home made bread years ago).
So for the past several weeks I have been making all sorts of home made bread. Soon I will be looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. But on the positive side I am having so much fun while sharing all of the extra fresh loaves.
- 1 1/3 cup very warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 3 1/2 cup white flour
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1. Place warm water and yeast in the bottom of your mixing bowl and let sit to make sure it is active. If you set it in the microwave with the light on for 5 minutes the heat from the light helps add warmth.
- 2. Mix in 1 1/4 cup flour to make like gravy then set back in microwave for 15 minutes
- 3. Place bowl on mixer with dough hook sprinkle with a tsp of SALT
- 4. Add another 2 1/4 cup of flour. Start mixer on very slow until mixed and dough gathers onto the hook. Look into the bottom of the bowl and see if the dough pulls off the bottom of the bowl. If it does not add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until it all lifts off the bottom. (Image 1)
- 5. Than turn the mixer (I have a kitchen-aid) on speed 4 for 7 minutes.
- 6. While the dough is mixing get a flat pan of some kind (I use a square cake pan) pour about 1 Tbsp of olive oil in the bottom.
- 7. When the 7 minutes is over grease your hands and take dough off hook (dough will be soft and a bit sticky). Form and smooth pulling from the top to the bottom until its a nice ball place the top in the oil then turn back with bottom down. (Image 2)
- 8. Place towel over and let rise in a warm place for about an hour it will not quite double its size.
- 9. Do not punch down simply cut in half. (Image 3)
- 10. Gently press the air out of one half forming a long flattened piece of dough. Roll from one side to the other tightly pinching all of the exposed edges to the underneath and pinching it all closed. (Image 4)
- 11. Set the loaf on a silpat or parchment with pinched under side to the bottom. Do the same to the other piece and set them side by side. It is not necessary to over handle the dough. (Image 5)
- 12. Rub a little of the pan oil on the top and score with a sharp knife. (Image 6)
- 13. Cover top and let rise again for about an hour. (Image 7)
- 14. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place your loaves in the oven. To make a crusty top you need a bit of steam. I place a cookie sheet below my shelf for the bread and toss about 3 ice cubes onto it. (Image 8)
- YOU DO NOT WANT TO DROP YOUR ICE ON YOUR OVEN ELEMENTS.
- 15. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes it will be done when the inside is about 195 degrees if you use a digital thermometer. Or the bottom sounds hollow when you tap it. (Image 9)
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