Tuesday, May 11, 2010

French Bread is for Wimps Like Me

So easy, even a caveman can do it. I didn't think it would be easy until I tried it. There are a few steps involved, but the end result is worth it. When I pulled it out of the oven I was afraid it was ruined. It seemed extremely tough on the outside. So tough that I thought it was hard all the way through. As soon as I took my bread knife to it, it cracked open with steam oozing out as my knife slid down easily through the fluffy bread. I was pretty proud of myself, I think you will be too.

French Bread Directions

Ingredients:
2 Tbs active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 1/2-5 cups bread flour
1 tsp cornmeal







In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the salt, sugar & 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth & elastic about 6-8 min.



Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover & let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into 12" long loaves.


Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover & let rise until doubled, about 30 min. Sprinkle with cornmeal. With a sharp knife, make 4 shallow slashes across the top. Bake at 450 for 15-20 min or until golden brown.



I used my french bread to make my favorite sandwich. Spread slice of french bread with pesto, add artichoke hearts from a can, and top with baked rotisserie chicken. I sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and broiled until crispy around the edges. Serve and enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. Will you please come to my house and make me dinner?

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  2. That is just so WRONG!

    Showing yummy bread like that!

    One of these days...

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  3. Sorry, you did it wrong. You didn't add jalepenos and cheese.

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  4. Sounds delicious! Great job!

    Amber

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  5. Now, you know there is no way I will ever be baking up French Bread! Oh I know you will try to convince me of its simplicity but Kasha, dear, it just aint happening! However, my daughter, Michele, has been looking for just this sort of recipe. I will be passing it on to her ASAP!!! I may be sorry I left Idaho, should she decide to bake it but I'll "suffer."

    Thanks for sharing...

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  6. That looks incredible! I love to make bread. Nothing makes your house smell so great.

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  7. Hi Kasha,
    Hope all is well with you and yours:)

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  8. Bread is my weakness. And I've always thought it was a tricky thing to make. But if you say so....... :)

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