French Bread

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French Bread

Postby Mike B » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:09 pm

    1 package active dry yeast
    1 1/4 cups warm water
    1 Tbsp sugar
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    2 3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 Tbsp cornmeal
    1 egg white
    2 Tbsp cold water



Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, salt and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it is smooth and elastic - about 5 minutes.Form the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl, then turn the greased side up. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise in a warm place until the dough doubles in size (approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours).

Punch the dough down in the bowl, cover it and let it rest for 15 minutes. Grease a cookie sheet, then sprinkle it with the cornmeal. Turn the dough out, knead it down and roll it into a rectangle that tapers at the ends. Roll it up tightly, seal the edge and put it on the cookie sheet. Make 1/4 inch slashes in the load at 2 inch intervals. Brush the top of the loaf with cold water. Let the loaf rise until it doubles in size (approximately 1 to 1/12 hours).

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Brush the loaf with cold water, then bake it for 20 minutes. Mix the egg white with the 2 tablespoons of water and brush it over the loaf. Bake it until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when it is tapped (20 to 25 minutes).

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Postby IndyTom » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:41 pm

Wow! That really looks wonderful. :R I love bread.

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Postby Wolffarmer » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:06 am

Would the world stop if I plopped it into a 12 or 14 inch dutch oven and called it bannock?

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Postby Mike B » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:28 am

Wolffarmer wrote:Would the world stop if I plopped it into a 12 or 14 inch dutch oven and called it bannock?


I don't think the world works that way, Randy. Go for it. :D

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Postby SmokeyBob » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:19 pm

Spread on some garlic butter and I could eat the whole thing. :twisted: :thumbsup:
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Postby the other side » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:35 pm

Is that the same cutting board from along time ago? You or someone here got some wood and made a few? NICE!!!
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Postby Mike B » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:20 am

the other side wrote:Is that the same cutting board from along time ago? You or someone here got some wood and made a few? NICE!!!


Every summer in Coeur d'Alene, we have a festival called Art on the Green. All kinds of crafts people come out of the wilderness to show off and sell their works. I have been to 26 of these festivals in the last 27 years.

I don't buy things willy-nilly, so if I purchase something there, it is special. The cutting board is one of the things I got, probably ten years ago. I also have a poisonous tree-toad shirt and a leather cover for small paper pads that I purchased at various times.

If I ever get off my duff and start producing gemstone cabochons again, I might even show up as a vendor at the thing.

BTW, they also have entertainment there. One year, they had Curtis Salgado and the Stilletos, which was great, as I am a big Blues fan.

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Postby Wolffarmer » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:26 am

You have a shirt made of poisonous tree toads?

How cool is that.

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