French Bread.... It Worked with Pics Recipe added

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by lockedhearts, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I took all the advice and tried again last night. It came out really well.
    I forgot to take pics through the whole process but here are a couple


    Last Rise:

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    Hot out of the oven:

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    MMMMMM Yummmm!!!!!!! It smelled wonderful baking.

    I used non-iodized salt this time, greatly affected the rise, it was much better. Also added 1 cup boiling water to a skillet, turned the oven to 25 degrees hotter than baking temp, added water and then bread, shut door then turned oven back to baking temp.

    After 2 failed attempts this turned out really good.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2009
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    lovely! thanks for sharing the process used! it is so helpful to hear of actual experience, not just words in a cookbook.
     
  3. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I will post the recipe tomorrow.


    Next Attempt????? HMMM not sure, maye decorating a Valentine Cake????
     
  4. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    That looks SUPER yummy. [​IMG]
     
  5. FLOWERPOT

    FLOWERPOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I LOVE home baked bread!!!
     
  6. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    French Bread Recipe:

    6 Cups Bread Flour (personally I only used 5 cups)
    2 1/2 pkgs Active Dry Yeast
    1 1/2 tsp non-iodized salt
    2 cups warm water
    1 Tblsp Cornmeal
    1 egg white
    1 tblsp water

    In large bowl combine 2 cups flour, yeast & salt. Stir in 2 cups water & beat until well blended. Use a wooden spoon to stir in as much remaining flour as you can.
    On lightly floured surface, knead in enough flour ro make firm dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead 8-10 minutes.
    Shape into a ball, place in greased bowl & turn once. Cover & let rise in warm place until double.

    Punch down, divide in half. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Roll eachhalf into a rectangle, roll up from long side. Moisten edge with water to seal, taper ends.
    Grease larhe baking sheet, sprinkle w/ cornmeal. Place loaves on sheet seam side down.
    Lightly beat egg white with water, brush on loaves.

    Cover with warm dam cloth. Let rise until double (35 - 40 minutes)
    With sharp knife make 3-4 diagonal cuts, about 1/4" deep, across each loaf.

    Preheat oven to 400, boil one cup water and place in ovenproof skillet/dish. Place water in oven on lowest rack. Place bread in oven in middle of oven. Shut door, turn oven down to 375.
    Bake 20 minutes , brush again with egg white, bake additional 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
     
  7. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:ooh! Valentine cake! PICTURES are a MUST! [​IMG]

    my next project is learning to make Black Russian bread! expanding my horizons a bit!
     
  8. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Quote:ooh! Valentine cake! PICTURES are a MUST! [​IMG]

    my next project is learning to make Black Russian bread! expanding my horizons a bit!

    I may play with Fondant, not sure.

    I am the only one who likes dark bread , but I would love the recipe for Black Russian, sounds yummy
     
  9. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:ooh! Valentine cake! PICTURES are a MUST! [​IMG]

    my next project is learning to make Black Russian bread! expanding my horizons a bit!

    I may play with Fondant, not sure.

    I am the only one who likes dark bread , but I would love the recipe for Black Russian, sounds yummy

    i'll try the recipe out and we can see if it's worth passing.

    fondant! ooooooh!

    i also want to learn to make crackers! just seems fun.
     
  10. oparea

    oparea Out Of The Brooder

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