September 22nd, 2011

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I am apparently....

the World's Best Mom. Last night, anyway. :grin: Why? Because of my French Bread. :curtsey:

See, Monday evening, we had baked ravioli. I wanted something else to go with it.....and what goes good with Italian? Fresh, crusty bread, of course! I rummaged around my cookbooks, and decided French bread was a good choice. It was a hit, so I made it again last night to see if it was a fluke. Nope - it has been deemed the Best Bread EVAR. :rar: :lol:

It's also EASY. The ingredient list (for a 2 lb loaf. If you have a smaller bread machine, let me know and I'll dig out the measurements for you):

1.5 cups water
3.24 cups white bread flour (I use King Arthur. It DOES make a difference!)
1.5 Tblspn sugar
1.5 tsp sale
3 tsp active dry yeast

Dump it in, select dough, and let 'er go. When the cycle's finished, dump the dough on a floured surface (or do it my lazy way - add some flour to the bread pan and roll the dough around a bit before dumping). Put it on a greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper instead of greasing), let rise for about 1 hour, then brush with 1 beaten egg and bake 375* for 25 - 35 minutes.

The trick to it is to let it rise once, then turn OFF the bread machine, wait a minute, restart it, and let it go thru the whole dough cycle.

Now, because I don't have any bread pans, I just use the cookie sheet and sorta "shape" the loaf....but by the time it's baked it's morphed all over the sheet and becomes what Herself calls "toad bread". :snicker: It's almost a flat-type bread, but it's light and spongey inside with a lovely crisp crust. :mmmmmmm: Great the next day, too, if you have any left over. (Last night was baked chicken, cheesy broccoli, and French bread. :mmmmmmmm:)

Bread is bad for me...but I don't care. The taste........especially straight from the oven! I can put up with tummy issues if the payoff's good enough - this and my challah IS.

I'm thinking we'll have Calzone for the Sabbath. We'll see......

Rain is forecasted today - I hope! We need as much rain as Yah will send us!

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