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Homemade French Bread

I was surfing through Pinterest the other night when I should have been sleeping and came across a recipe for homemade french bread on www.simplemom.net.  It looked easy enough, and I enjoyed the author’s sense of humor.  Turns out, it really isn’t all that hard and it makes a great side for pasta or salad.  Check it out –

Recipe: French Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup warm water
1 TB olive oil
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
cornmeal (to sprinkle on cookie sheet)

Glaze:

1 egg
1 TB water

Directions:

1. In bread machine pan, measure out the first 6 ingredients in the order listed.  Set to dough cycle.  Go take a nap.

2.  Divide dough in half and roll out into two 8×10 rectangles on a lightly floured surface.  Roll up along the long side.  Sprinkle cookie sheet with cornmeal and place loaves on top.  Cover and let rise 20 minutes.

3.  Whisk egg and water and brush onto your loaves.

4.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Place 5 ice cubes in an oven safe dish on the bottom rack of your oven.  Five minutes into bake time add 5 more ice cubes.  (This crisps up the crust while keeping the inside soft.)

5.  Sprinkle some flour on your face to make it look like you worked way harder than this to impress your family.

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