Friday, August 19, 2016

French Bread

I only made one loaf, so I cut this recipe in 1/2.

2 cups warm water
2 packages of yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 - 5 cups bread flour
Dissolve yeast in water. Add salt and sugar. Add flour until it forms soft dough, not sticky. Knead with a dough hook 4 minutes. Then knead 4 minutes by hand. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough inside, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until double. Punch down and cut in 1/2. Form into 2--12" loaves. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise 30 minutes. Cut diagonal marks down the length of the loaf.  Bake 450 degrees F. 15 minutes. For crusty bread put 1/4 cup of water on the bottom shelf.

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