Tuesday, April 13, 2010

French bread. So simple, so delicious.....

1 1/4C very warm water
1 T sugar
1 T olive oil
1 t salt
3 1/2C bread flour
1 T yeast

I use the bread machine for the mixing and first rise (use the dough setting). Take it out of the machine and knead it back down, don't beat it up, just knock it down a little. I flatten it out and roll it up into a long roll. Put it on a cookie sheet or baking stone make the diagonal slices along the top and brush with additional olive oil. Set it on the stove while the oven preheats to 400°. When the oven is done preheating, or about 15min. (whichever is longer) put the loaf in the oven. After 10min reduce to 350° for 15-20min more. 

An additional step, if you choose, is to place a pan in the bottom of the oven while preheating and drop a cup of water on it when you first put the loaf in.

Happy baking!!
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