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French bread: baking my first loaves

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It is a new year , and I decided to try something I have never done before. I decided to try and make some bread.

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I chose to start with French bread because the recipe was simple and not too complex. I think the bread turned out well; although, I should have made the scores deeper and put an egg white glaze on the loaves before they finished baking, just to make the bread look prettier.

The bread I made tastes like it should— like bread—, and I am impressed that I managed to get this bread right the first time.i am thinking about making different types of bread now that I know I can bake, but first I need to eat the loaves I have made.

As fun as it was making these loaves, it was quite time consuming. In total, it took 3 hours for me to make 2 loaves. Until now, I had no idea baking bread would this long. Also, I spent about 4 dollars to buy the ingredients to make this bread when I could’ve bought a loaf of french bread for about a dollar.

In conclusion, making bread is fun. I love baking now, but it is easier—and cheaper—to buy bread from the store. As a college student, easy and cheap is the way to go.

although, I will gladly bake bread again if I ever get the chance.

Here is the recipe I used:

French Bread



Source: Joy of Cooking

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water

Directions

  1. Combine flour, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Coat the inside of another bowl with oil and set aside
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the warm water. Mix by hand until a dough is formed.
  4. 4.Place dough into oiled bowl. Turn dough in bowl so that all the dough is coated in oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
  5. Once the dough has risen, remove plastic wrap from the bowl and punch the dough down a few times, then, on a floured surface, cut the dough in half and roll the two halves into baguettes.
  6. Place baguettes on a greased baking sheet and cover with a floured cloth. let loaves rise in a warm place until they grow about twice their size, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Take a baking pan, pour 1 cup of warm water into it, and place on the lower rack of the oven. Remove towel from loaves and place them on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Take an egg white and whisk it in a bowl. Brush the egg white onto the loaves about 5 minutes before they are finished baking.
  9. Remove loaves from oven. They should be golden brown and sound hollow when you knock on the bottom of the loaf.

Post by: Logan

 

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