Okay the title of this blog is a little misleading. You make the dough in the bread machine but then remove the dough to bake the bread.
I was able to start the dough before we left for church and then make it into a loaf when we got home. Easy peasy!
The Imaginative One loves French bread, ciabatta bread, and pretzel rolls. So he was happy when I baked a loaf of French bread.
Hubby loves flavored extra olive oil from a local shop. I bough him a few more bottles for Valentine’s Day. So when I was planning my Valentine’s Dinner, I decided a yummy yeasty bread would be great so that he could use his olive oil. So he was happy when I baked a loaf of French bread.
Then I tried this bread. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t stop eating slices of the bread with butter. I had some for breakfast also. So by the morning after Valentine’s Day, it was already eaten.
Bread Machine French Bread
adapted from Salad-in-a-Jar
Stars of the recipe:
- 1 c. lukewarm water
- 1-1/2 tsp. butter (1/2 Tbsp.)
- 1-1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 c. bread flour
- 1 tsp. instant yeast
- 1 egg white plus 1 Tbsp. water for glaze
- Place the ingredients in the bread machine in this order.
- water first
- yeast last
- Set the machine to dough. Check on the dough after 5 to 10 minutes. If too sticky, add 1 Tbsp. of flour at a time until dough is perfect. If too dry, add 1 Tbsp. of water at a time until dough is perfect.
- After the dough is finished, pull out of the pan. Place on a floured surface. Pat out into a rectangle.
(My attempt at making the rectangle)
- Starting at the long end, roll into a cylinder shape.
- Pinch the seams together. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Tuck the ends under the cylinder. Pinch the seam together.
- Cover with a clean towel. Place in a warm place. Allow the dough to double in shape.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After the dough has risen, brush the dough with the egg white and water glaze. Then cut slits in the dough about 2 inches apart – 1/2 inch deep.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
- Decrease the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing.
I cut off some of the dough before baking so that the Imaginative One and I could taste the bread before dinner. It ended looking like a heart.