Sunday, January 19, 2014
French Bread - bread machine
(I have used this recipe to make breadsticks, long narrow loaves or knots like in the photo. Works well for all)
1 3/8 cup water
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp bread machine yeast
Place all in bread machine and process on dough setting.
When completed remove from the machine and shape as desired. Let rise 45-60 minutes. You can brush the tops with some beaten egg if you like. This adds a nice gloss to the crust. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. If desired, brush with butter while still warm.
Breadsticks and loaves - I divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Two of these I shape into long slender loaves and bake in a French loaf pan. I spray the pan with olive oil and sprinkle on a little corn meal.
The third piece I divide into 12 equal pieces and roll each between my hands to make a rope about 6-8 inches long. Spray a baking sheet and sprinkle with corn meal. Place the ropes side by side, not touching, on the baking sheet.
Knots. - Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Spray a baking sheet. Roll each piece between hands to make a rope about 6-8 inches long. Loop into a circle and push one end through the center making a knot. Place these on the baking sheet, leaving some space between them. I can get all 24 on my baking sheet (4 x 6) and they will rise and touch as they bake.