Sunday, December 18, 2011

Homemade French Bread


This is my first loaf of fresh homemade bread.  I've been anxious to start using my brand new Red Kitchenaid (Artisan KSM 150PSER Food Processor 325W)!!! that we got as a gift from my sister Nameeta and brother in law Ajay for our wedding!
Makes 2 loafs

4 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 and 1/2 cups warm water

1) Add warm water to the glass bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Let it rest for 10 minutes.  It will look fermented. Now fix the dough hook to food processor and add flour, salt and olive oil. Stir until it becomes a lump of dough (around 4 to 5 minutes).
2) Set dough into a bowl, cover with lid and leave for 2 hours for it to rise

3) It should be twice its size, soft and silky

4) Knead by rolling several times. See video on youtube titled 'how to make french bread in ten minutes' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTY4WJRSzY8

5) Cut into 2. Knead again. Spread and roll using Julia Childs technique (in video and on youtube)
Make 3 slits using a very sharp knife. 

6) Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. When you put the loaf in, splash a cup of water on the botom of oven to generate steam. This can be very hot steam so be careful and dont have your face too close to the oven door.

7) Loaf should be crisp on the outside and soft inside. Enjoy with butter!