Basic French Bread
Fresh bread is simple to make -- you just need to plan a good 4 hours before you need it!"Very good, basic bread recipe. I made it with my two young sons on a rainy day and we had fun. Used unbleached flour. I also heard a tip to place an edged cookie sheet into the oven when preheating, on which I tossed half a dozen ice cubes (for steam) just as the bread was set in the oven. And I kept the oven door closed the entire time. The steam gave the bread a nice crust, shown in photo. Very good served warm with a salad and/or soup." - stevemur
Yield: 8 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
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Basic French Bread Preparation
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in the water, add the sugar and let sit 5 min until it starts to foam. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir into a shaggy mass. Scrape onto a lightly floured board or stone, and kneed 8 to 10 min., adding more flour as needed to get a smooth, elastic dough. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic. Let it sit at room temperature to double, 45 min to 1 hr. Punch, re-shape and rise again to double, 30 to 45 min.
To bake: 400 degrees, 30 to 40 min. The bread should be deeply golden, and sound hollow by tapping on the bottom.
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