Prep 2 hrs
Cook 18 mins
This bread is delicious and easy to make. I'm sure it can be made with a bread machine, but I use a mixer. It is delicious for sandwitches and can be made in many different shapes.
- 3 -3 1⁄2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups warm water (around 100 degrees fahrenheit)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 drops olive oil
- 1 dash cornmeal
- Stir the sugar into the water then add the yeast and give that a quick stir. Leave it to sit on the counter for a 8-10 minutes until frothy.
- Mix 2 cups of the flour and salt in a heavy duty mixer with the kneading attatchment.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix well, gradually adding flour until it comes away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
- Turn onto a floured counter and knead it for 5-10 minutes adding flour as neccecary. The dough should be fairly springy but not too sticky.
- Place the dough into a greased bowl and turn it once to coat it with a little oil.
- Let the dough rise in a warm area with a cloth over it until doubled in size, for about an hour.
- Punch down dough and form it into the desired loaf shape. I prefer the baguette. To make a baguette, divide the dough in half, spread each half out into a rectangle then roll it up and slit the top. Place the loaves onto an oiled and cornmealed cookie sheet. Cover the loaves up with a cloth and let them rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Spray the loaves with a little pam spray and bake it for 15-18 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Let it cool on cooling rack before cutting.