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French Bread

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French Bread is long loaf of bread that is soft from inside but has a hard crust.

This recipe is from the book Cakes and Bakes.

Preparation Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cooking time : 41-50 minutes

Servings : 4

French Bread

Main Ingredients

Refined flour (maida), Fresh yeast

Cuisine

French

Course

Breads

Level Of Cooking

Easy

Ingredients

  • Refined flour (maida)
    3 cups
  • Fresh yeast
    7 grams
  • Salt
    1 teaspoon
  • Oil
    for greasing

Method

Step 1


Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Mix yeast with one cup and two tablespoons of lukewarm water in a big bowl and stir until well dissolved. Gradually beat in half the flour to form a batter.

Step 2


Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about three hours or until the dough triples in volume and starts to collapse. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time, beating with your hand.

Step 3


Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for eight to ten minutes to form a moist dough.

Step 4


Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and set it in warm place for about an hour to rise. When the dough has almost doubled in volume, knock back and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a disc.

Step 5


Fold the two sides of the top half inwards in the shape of a triangle and further keep rolling in the triangle till you reach the other end of the disc to form an oblong shaped loaf.

Step 6


Give slits on the surface and set aside covered with a damp cloth to rise further.

Step 7


Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place the loaf on a baking tray. Spray water over the loaf and bake in the preheated oven for forty to fifty minutes.

Step 8


Keep spraying water from time to time. This will help the crust to harden. When done, remove, cool on a wire rack and slice only when completely cooled and required.

Chef Tip

It is a popular accompaniment with continental food.

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