Homemade French Bread

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So…I woke up this morning thinking I should try and make bread. A few days back, while looking for something down in the basement in the “cooking” department, I found our bread maker, which we rarely use. In the recipe book I found the recipe for French bread.
Not realizing I needed an official baguette pan, I had to improvise, hence the bricks!
I’ve already put in an order for a baguette pan.
However, the bread is quite nice. With the use of a baguette pan the bread would have been browned more on the sides and bottom, but all in all…..a success.

Step 1: Ingredients must be at room temperature and they should be added in the order listed below.

active dry yeast 1-1/4 teaspoons
bread flour 3 cups
salt 1 teaspoon
granulated sugar 1 teaspoon
water 1-1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon

Step 2: Select DOUGH on your machine
Step 3: Press START
Step 4: Divide finished dough into 2 equal pieces
Step 5: Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and let rest for 5 to 7 minutes
Step 6: Roll each half in a long strand and place on a lightly greased trough, baguette pan. Cover, let dough rise in a warm place for approximately 1 hour or until dough doubles in size
Step 7: With a sharp knife, make 6 diagonal slashes across the top. Sprinkle or brush with water.
Step 8: Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown
Step 9: Remove and cool on a rack.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade French Bread

  1. Were they crispy on the outside and tender on the inside? I find the texture the hardest part. I love the color on them: just the most perfect golden brown.

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