Friday, November 22, 2013

Homemade French Bread

Probably the most awesome loaf of french bread that I have EVER made!  I am so proud of myself.  Tastes better than store/bakery bought too!  Delicious by itself, but FABULOUS as garlic bread, when used for grilled sandwiches or french toast!  But, this does takes time.  It's not hands on, but it requires 2 looooong risings. If you are going to be around the house, start it in the morning at breakfast, go for a run or shower, shape it, do some laundry and vacuum and then bake it.  Done.  Ready for dinner.  (If it makes it that long.)  Or you could speed up the rising times by allowing it to rise in a warm oven (170 degrees) until doubled.

Another perk- it's egg and diary f-f-free!!!!

Homemade French Bread
Recipe from Our Best Bites, adapted Egg Free by Egg Free Bakery
1 Tbsp. yeast (I used SAF instant yeast)
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4-5 1/2 c. flour
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. cold water

Combine yeast, water, and sugar in large mixing bowl and allow to stand 10 minutes or until bubbly. Add salt, vegetable oil, and combine. Add 3 cups flour and mix well until combined. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough that barely sticks to your finger. Knead, either by hand or in mixer for another 2-3 minutes. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour 45 minutes. Punch down dough. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Turn out dough onto lightly floured or greased work surface and shape into loaf.  This can be done by rolling out into a rectangle and starting at the long end, roll up and pinch seams to seal.  Place seam side down on greased cookie sheet. Cover and allow to rise another 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours or until doubled. During the last 15 minutes of rising time, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Make three gashes with a sharp knife on top of loaf, then either brush oil on top of bread or simple spray top of bread with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes.  Remove and brush or spray with more oil. Bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until bread is golden brown.  Yield: 1 Large loaf

Flashback Friday: 
One year ago I posted about my boy's spiderman themed birthday party and these strawberry filled chocolate cupcakes.  He turns 6 years old tomorrow!  This year he's requested a ninja turtle cake

wish me luck on that one!  All I've got figured out so far is chocolate cake with green frosting.  I can do cupcakes, but decorating cakes is something I need help with!

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