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    Art's French Bread (NOT bread machine)

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    2 hrs 55 mins

    25 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    echo echo's Note:

    A recipe I got from a boss of mine years ago. Use low-fat yogurt if you want a more sour taste. Cooking time includes both time for dough to rise twice and time for baking.

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    1. 1
      Pour the yogurt into a fairly large pan and add the hot water.
    2. 2
      Put 1 Tbs yeast on one side of the bowl and 1 Tbs on the other.
    3. 3
      Do the same with salt and sugar.
    4. 4
      DO NOT STIR this mixture.
    5. 5
      Let set until a scummy surface is formed.
    6. 6
      Then add 2 cups flour and stir.
    7. 7
      Add 2 more cups flour and continue mixing.
    8. 8
      Slowly add 2 more cups flour or slightly more until the dough becomes real pasty.
    9. 9
      Flour a bread board and knead the dough.
    10. 10
      Continue to knead until the dough becomes somewhat stiff.
    11. 11
      Place the dough in the bowl and let rise 1 hour, then punch it down and knead it again.
    12. 12
      Let it rise again, then cut into 3-4 loaves and form into loaf shape.
    13. 13
      Spread a light film of butter on foil or a baking sheet and sprinkle corn meal over the film of butter.
    14. 14
      Place the loaves on the foil 1½-2" apart.
    15. 15
      Mix egg white with a little water and a pinch of salt and paint the loaves with this mixture.
    16. 16
      Score the loaves.
    17. 17
      Bake on middle rack of oven at 375° 30-40 minute If the loaf sounds hollow when tapped with your finger, it's done.
    18. 18
      3-4 loaves.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 31, 2012


      The bread came out very soft on the inside and thick chewy crust on the outside. However, I think 2 Tablespoons of salt is too much and my bread tasted too salty. I would reduce it to 1 Tablespoon the next time. This recipe makes a lot of bread.

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    • on November 20, 2011


      This makes a lovely loaf of bread. Thank you so much.

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    • on March 27, 2011


      Exquisite. Of course, I altered it some since I didn't have gluten flour (just regular), and I did use nonfat yogurt, but it was wonderful. Will be making it again for a French dinner.

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    Nutritional Facts for Art's French Bread (NOT bread machine)

    Serving Size: 1 (1684 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1026.9
    Calories from Fat 81
    Total Fat 9.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 15.9 mg
    Sodium 4802.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 50.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    Sugars 14.1 g
    Protein 189.0 g

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