Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Perfect French Bread made Easy!
from: Sensible Cooking Cookbook (click here)
4 cups warm water
4 T SAF yeast (click here)
6 T sugar or honey
2 T salt
1 cup oil
10-12 cups whole wheat white flour
4 T Dough Enhancer (click here)
Place all ingredients in Bosch Universal Plus bowl. Knead thoroughly, about 8-10 minutes. Let rise in bowl about 10 minutes, then punch down. Turning on Bosch mixer with dough hook will punch dough down. Repeat 4 or 5 times. Divide dough and shape into loaves or rounds. Place on greased French loaf pan. Slash tops with sharp knife and brush with egg wash.** Let rise until doubled in size. Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
**Egg wash: A basic egg wash will give a shiny, golden look to the crust. To prepare, beat together 1 egg and 1 T of water w/ a pinch of salt.
A footnote to my French bread: You can follow the recipe or you can do what I did! I simply let it rise 10 min., punched it down and put it on the pans. The recipe simply says to repeat 4 or 5 times. It may be the intent was to let it rise between punching down but it worked fine the way I did it.
The French loaf pan keeps the uniform shape. It is a wonderful pan to give you the Italian bread; sub-sandwich look. You are right that the bread will make a round flat loaf if put on a cookie sheet. Will still have the same flavor/texture.
You can use the French loaf pan and make two wonderful long French loaves at a time! (click here to see the pan!)
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