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Saturday, February 20, 2010

French Bread

So, I made some yummy french bread today! Along with some sewing ( pj pants for C) and taking care of myself and sick kiddies I managed to bake some beautiful bread:D Here are some pictures and recipie! Enjoy!

French Bread - makes 1 loaf

Water, 80*F/27*C (1-1/4CUPS)

Sugar (1 TBSP)

Salt (1-1/2 TSP)

Bread Flour (3-1/2 CUPS) - I used all - purpose white flour

Active Dry Yeast (2 TSP)

Select Dough Course ( 11)

Glaze: water (2 TBSP) and Salt ( 1/2 TSP

Combine all the ingredients except the glaze ingredients in the order that they're listed and select dough course number 11.

After the Cycle is finished your dough should look like this (photo above).

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Roll into a large rectangle. Starting at the longest side, roll up tightly, pressing the seams to seal and tapering each end.
Place the loaf on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size. ( I usually preheat my oven and then put the baking sheet on the stove top)
After the 40 minutes, your dough should be double the size. With a knife, cut 3 diagonal slashes across the top of the loaf. Combine the glaze ingredients and brush the loaf generously. Bake at 400*F/205*C for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Voila!! A beautiful loaf of french bread. I also like to spinkle the loaf with water as soon as it comes out of the oven and then cover it again. This gives it a nice crust:) Enjoy:)

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