Wednesday, March 7, 2012

French Bread in the Bread Machine


You would think I could find a better picture for this bread - after all, I only made it four times already.  But no  - I have these.  Oh well, since the pics aren't great you will have to take my word for it.  I think I mentioned before about my new found infatuation with my breadmaker.  Once I realized how good the bread was if I used the machine just to make the dough - I haven't been able to stop baking.  This bread was exactly what you would expect a French Baguette to be, it has a nice crispy crust and a very soft  and tasty inside.  Hubby actually asked me for a lesson one day.  He has never done that before but one Saturday he came up to me and said, "OK, you need to show me how to make that French Bread."  So I did and we made bread together (I know  - we are just that romantic around here.)  Full disclosure.....his bread was prettier than mine. It's true!  Enjoy!!!

recipe from allrecipes
What you need:
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

What you do:
Place water,  flour, sugar, salt and yeast into bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select Dough cycle, and press Start.
When the cycle has completed, place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16x12 inch rectangle. Cut dough in half, creating two 8x12 inch rectangles. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at 12 inch side,rolling out any air bubbles as you go. Roll gently back and forth to taper end. Place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches, or make one lengthwise slash on each loaf. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F . Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water and brush over tops of loaves.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.                


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7 comments:

  1. Looks awesome and so much prettier than the loafs that come out of the bread machine normally. Yum!

    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

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    Val @ http://cookcraftcrocheting.blogspot.com/

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  2. I take bad pictures of my food, I realize it but hey, I can cook! :) The loaves look beautiful regardless of what you say! Can you clarify, egg YOLK? Not white? Thanks!! (came from Whats Cooking Wednesday)

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  3. bread is generally hard to photograph (it's so brown!) but your loaves look awesome! They have the perfect brown crust.

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  5. Hi Danielle,
    Glad to see you are ok after the storms. Your French Bread looks awesome, I can almost taste it! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. Wow, I can't wait to try this! I LOVE using our bread machine, but I haven't tried making french bread yet. I hate buying it from the store, but I guess I won't have to after this! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Just pinned this and can't wait to give it a try!

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