June 27, 2009

Making Dough - The French Kind

Remember the great deal I got on the bread machine? Well, I thought I would use it to make up some dough. But then I remembered I have this FABULOUS french bread recipe that's actually easier to make by hand. Seriously so good!

French Bread
Makes 2 large loaves or 3 small loaves
Add these ingredients together and let sit until bubbly:
2 1/2 c. warm water
2 T. yeast
3 T. sugar
2 T. white vinegar
Now add:
1 T. salt
1/3 c. oil (any kind will do)
6 c. flour (or a little more if it's too soft)

Knead for 2-5 minutes and then put in the oven with a small pot of boiling water. The water will keep the dough moist. Watch the dough and punch it down when it gets to the top of the mixing bowl. Do this every time it gets to the top of the bowl (3 times). Put the dough on a greased counter top and divide into 3 sections. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal on the bottom of the sheet. Roll the dough balls into rectangle/long French bread shapes. Slash tops of bread diagonally 3-5 times and cover with a beaten egg. Let rise 30 minutes (or until doubled). Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!