Art's French Bread (NOT bread machine)
photo by Nimz_
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 55mins
- 1 1⁄2 cups yogurt
- 1 1⁄2 cups hot water
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 6 -7 cups king arthur gluten flour or 6 -7 cups similar gluten flour
- unsalted butter
- white cornmeal
- 1 egg white
- Pour the yogurt into a fairly large pan and add the hot water.
- Put 1 Tbs yeast on one side of the bowl and 1 Tbs on the other.
- Do the same with salt and sugar.
- DO NOT STIR this mixture.
- Let set until a scummy surface is formed.
- Then add 2 cups flour and stir.
- Add 2 more cups flour and continue mixing.
- Slowly add 2 more cups flour or slightly more until the dough becomes real pasty.
- Flour a bread board and knead the dough.
- Continue to knead until the dough becomes somewhat stiff.
- Place the dough in the bowl and let rise 1 hour, then punch it down and knead it again.
- Let it rise again, then cut into 3-4 loaves and form into loaf shape.
- Spread a light film of butter on foil or a baking sheet and sprinkle corn meal over the film of butter.
- Place the loaves on the foil 1½-2" apart.
- Mix egg white with a little water and a pinch of salt and paint the loaves with this mixture.
- Score the loaves.
- Bake on middle rack of oven at 375° 30-40 minute If the loaf sounds hollow when tapped with your finger, it's done.
- 3-4 loaves.
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OK, color me perverse - couldn't help it - I (hmmm, huh, err) used the DREADED bread machine to mix the dough! Turned out great! Had to dribble in a bit buttermilk when "ole reliable" sounded like she was straining a bit. Dough had to be dumped out after first mixing & second knead by hand as it was billowing out of the machine an hour into the dough cycle! This recipe turned out a fantastic chewy slightly sour loaf with a slightly crispy crust. One whole loaf (of the 2 made) was devoured at dinner - leftovers are soaking for overnight French Toast. Second loaf is gonna make awesome sandwiches. Will be using this recipe many times - using the...well you know! LOL! Thanks for the great recipe, echo echo!
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