Recipe: How To Make Delicious French Bread At Home
The idea of baking french bread used to scare me, that is until I came across this great recipe and invested in my Cuisinart Food Processor. Now, I find that baking delicious french bread at home is an absolute breeze. I especially like this recipe because it produces two really soft loaves of bread which stay fresh for a couple of days. The aromas produced by baking this bread remind me of being in a typical little french bakery. It's so much fun to make!
For The Yeast Mixture
1 Package of Active Dry Yeast
1/4 Cup Warm Water (100 Deg F)
1 Tsp Sugar
For The Rest Of The Dough
2 Egg Whites (plus a little for brushing)
1/2 Cup Warm Water (100 Deg F)
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Oil or Melted Shortening
1-3/4 Cups Flour
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- Prepare the package of yeast by stirring it into 1/4 cup of warm water (100 degrees F) and adding 1 teaspoon of sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Next prepare the 2 egg whites until stiffly beaten. Set aside.
- In a food processor, combine the warm water, sugar, salt and oil by pulsing 2 or 3 times.
- Add 1 cup of the flour to the food processor and pulse until starting to combine.
- Add the yeast mixture and remaining flour and pulse a few times.
- Next, add the egg whites and run the food processor for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and, if necessary, add more flour. Run the food processor again until you achieve a sticky but well combined and kneaded dough (30-60 seconds).
- Put the dough in a large bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to double in size for at least 2 hours at room temperature.
- Punch down the dough and then shape into 2 long loaves and place them on a cookie sheet (no special bread pans required!) At this stage, the dough will have shrunk and the loaves will probably look rather small and skinny.
- Brush the loaves with egg white and slash them diagonally with a sharp knife.
- Cover and let rise again for approximately 1 hour.
- Bake at 450 for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to 400 and continue to bake for a further 8-10 minutes.
When done, the bread will sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Enjoy by eating one while fresh!
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