Thursday 27 May 2010

Artisian bread

Bonjour internet
(and thats the extent of my writing
 So you must be wondering why I'm attempting this really hard language well today i made something french...... Baguettes. Qui ! Mon-Ami's i made beautiful french bread. it took a lot of hours (good thing i had the day off) but it was so well worth it, the bread was nice and crusty and the inside was beautifully fluffy. I enjoyed making it and watching my family enjoy it made it twice as nice.  I can now see the lore of staying home and being a homemaker (I'm not attempting to insult anyone but before I thought as a homemaker i personally would be bored but i realize now there is so much to do because you become a crazy perfectionist so your home looks stunning..and you are never bored! *poof* problem solved)

1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 cup water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
3 1/2 cups unbleached flour

Yeast: follow instructions on package to set it up

Dry ingredients:

  1. In a bowl mix together the flour (sift it first) and salt, with a wooden spoon create a well in the center of the floor and pour in proofed yeast (plus water) and create a sponge in the center by adding flour slowly to mixture with the spoon. allow to sit for 20 minutes covered with a clean kitchen cloth
  2. mix in all the flour and add water slowly to create a soft sticky dough.
  3. turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until soft, smooth and supple, takes about ten minutes
  4. in a lightly oiled clean bowl place dough and allow to double in size for 1 1/2 hours make sure it is covered and not in a drafty place
  5. punch down, recover and allow to rise again for 45 mins, punch down again, recover and let rise again for another 45 mins
  6. divide the dough and shape into two baguettes place on baking tray or baguette tray and allow to proof for 50 mins
Place in oven and bake until golden brown (about 20-25 mins @ 475 degrees )and when you hit the baguette it should sound hollow. place on wire cooling tray and allow to cool or serve hot.

well i hope you enjoy it as much as my family did....

love and light always

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