Friday, February 12, 2010

French Bread

From allrecipes
Makes 2 loaves


1 1/4 cups water (70 to 80 degrees F)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon cornmeal

1 egg
1 tablespoon water

2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (optional)

1. In bread machine pan, place the first five ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).

2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Roll each portion into a 10-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal.

3. Sprinkle a greased baking sheet with cornmeal; place loaves seam side down on prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes.

4. Whisk egg and water; brush over loaves. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
*As good as fresh baked from the store and the bread machine makes it easy (as long as you plan ahead)  My bread machine dough cycle takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.  I made as instructed except used regular flour and used only an egg white with water for the glaze (I had one leftover).  It was a hit.  I'd be interested to see how the bread flour changes this.

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