Oh, this was a good loaf of bread.
- Chewy outside
- Soft middle
- Super-easy to make
- Awesome with cheese
- Baby approved
- Daddy approved
- Didn't even last a day
Need I say more? Well, one more thing wouldn't hurt. :) The only issue I had with this bread is that I expected a larger loaf, and by larger I mean wider (it was about 3 1/2 inches wide). Not a big deal though. I will be making this again.
|Make diagonal cuts.|
I'm giving you the recipe for 2 loaves, but I only made one and it was gone pretty fast.
French Bread (Kitchenaid) Recipe
Original Recipe: Kitchenaid Mixer Manual
Serving Size = 2 loaves
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 2 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let sit until it foams up a bit (about 2 minutes). Pour into the mixer bowl.
- Add the butter, flour, sugar and salt. Attach the spiral dough hook and turn to speed 2. Mix for about a minute or until well blended. Once blended, allow it for knead on the same speed for about 2-3 minutes. The dough will be sticky.
- Grease a bowl (I use extra virgin olive oil) and place dough into it, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from draft, for about an hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch the dough down and divide in half. With a rolling pin, roll each half into a 12 x 15 inch rectangle. From the longest side, roll the dough tightly and taper the ends.
- Place each loaf onto a greased baking sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in a warm area, free from draft, for an hour or until doubled in size.
- With a sharp knife, cut 4 diagonal cuts on the top of each loaf.
- Bake at 450F for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Beat an egg with 1 tablespoon of cold water and brush the top of each loaf. Place the bread back into the oven and bake for 5 - 10 minutes longer.
- Remove from the baking sheets immediately and place on wire racks to cool.
Update: I added some sugar when I was adding the butter and flour to the yeast. I added about 2 tablespoons for the above 2 loaf recipe. I think it improved the bread. Also, do not add all of the flour at once. Stop when one cup remains, and add until the dough comes together, creating a smooth, elastic appearance.
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