French bread is a good match for pasta, soups, or just about anything. I often buy French Bread at the store, but I came across this delicious Julia Child French Bread Recipe and just had to give it a try. This is a great recipe to expand your culinary experience if you’ve never made home-made bread. Go ahead and treat yourself, you deserve it!
- 3 and a half cups of flour
- 1 and a half cups of water
- A pack of dry yeast (instant will do)
- 2 and a half teaspoons of salt
- 1 tablespoon of water
- Get your mixer, and pour in warm water. Dry it.
- Pour in the flour and salt.
- Start your mixer in medium speed. You might need to scrape the mixture from the sides, to keep everything in the center. Make sure you have your spatula beside you.
- In a separate bowl, get your 1 and a half cups of water, and pour in your yeast. Mix it well, until the yeast is fully activated.
- Pour in the yeast mixture into the mixer.
- After adding the yeast, the dough should already be forming a ball, and none of the mixture is sticking on the sides of the mixing bowl.
- Start adding your flour gradually. Do it in small portions.
- Take out the dough from the mixer, and allow it to rest for a couple of minutes.
- Start kneading your dough. You can do this by hand, but I prefer to use a mixer for convenience. If you are going to use a mixer, make sure that your hook is clean and dry again, before using.
- Check the consistency of your dough. I do this by pressing my finger on the dough. If the dough springs back, then this tells me that I do not need to knead anymore.
- Get a bowl and pour in warm water again. Dry it, and make sure to grease it with butter or oil, to prevent the dough from sticking. I use Pam, by the way.
- Place your kneaded dough inside the bowl, and cover it with a cling wrap. Let it rest for at least 2 to three hours.
- Get your dough and make a square form. Fold one end to the other, until it forms a triangle. Do this step several times on every side.
- Turn your dough into a circular form, and slightly flatten it.
- Put the dough inside a bowl again, and cover with cling wrap. Let it sit there for about an hour, or until it already tripled its size.
- Get a parchment paper and a flat wooden tray. Place your dough on top of the tray with parchment, and cover the dough with a bowl, and let it rise again. It should triple the size once more.
- Preheat oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Place a pan with water and a baking stone in the oven
- Make a few deep slits on top of your dough, and brush it with water
- Place your dough on top of the parchment paper, and place it on top of the baking stone inside the preheated oven. Start baking.
- Refill the warm water in your pan after six minutes, and make sure to brush your dough with water at least every 3 minutes (do this 3X – 3rd min, 6th, and 9th). After 6 minutes of baking, remove the parchment, and allow the bread to bake on top of the baking stone directly.
- Bake for at least 25 minutes, or until you see a golden brown color on top.
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