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Friday, 16 October 2009

French Bread for World Bread Day

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It's here - another World Bread Day!
To celebrate I've made some French bread, using French bread flour. My trusty bread machine was used for the kneading process, but you can get stuck in and knead by hand - very therapeutic! I use one of those special bread tins which give a lovely authentic dimply effect on the bottom of the bread.

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French Bread
Recipe adapted from the Panasonic booklet that came with the bread machine

1 teaspoon quick-rising yeast
400g strong white bread flour (or French bread flour)
15g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
265 ml water - you may need a little more

Put all the ingredients into the bread machine in the correct order for your machine.
When it comes to the water, you may need less or more, keep an eye on it and add as necessary to make a smooth, soft dough.

When the dough is ready, cut it into 2 pieces and knead each one into a long stick shape. Place onto a baking tray, cover and leave to rise until they have doubled in size.

Bake in a pre-heated oven 180ºC/350ºF for about 18-22 minutes until golden brown.

(Printable Recipe)

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To make butter curls, drag the curler firmly down the cold, unsalted butter and place in the fridge until you want them

My bread is off to the World Bread Day round-up, hosted by Zorra at Kochtopf. Be sure to check out all the entries and make some bread yourself - the smell of fresh bread baking is enough to make you smile!

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My previous breads for this event were:
Panini Rolls
Breakfast Swirls

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27 comments:

Grace said...

why, hello there, mr perfect loaf of bread! how are you? how does it feel to be sliced and adorned with a particularly lovely curl of fat? :)

Jacqueline said...

Still warm, crusty and soft with lashings of butter. Mmmmmmm!

WizzyTheStick said...

The best things are so simple - fresh bread warm from the oven with a pat of butter (not margarine) is hard to beat

Joy said...

A lovely contribution to World Bread Day!

Chele said...

Yum. Love the photo with the loaf sliced and the curl of butter on top - I could sink my teeth into my screen right now!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMM,....the bread looks great & so appetizing too,...

Fitness Foodie said...

Nothing like the smell of baking bread. It looks great...and I love the little butter curls.

Bellini Valli said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Nic. Great bread for awareness.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Gorgeous...I can never get them so beautifully. Can I live in the fridge with the curls? Pretty!! I like your tray for the loaves as well...lovely!

Jan said...

Yet another great job Nic - that bread looks lovely.
I have the Panasonic bread maker and I love it!

Jane said...

The bread looks great, and I love your photos in this post--really wonderful!

Jane

Anh said...

Your bread looks so tasty. And I love the butter curl!

myfrenchkitchen said...

your french bread looks delicious!!
ronelle

petite nyonya said...

A lovely looking bread and very nice photography of the butter curl too!

Sam said...

Your French bread looks perfect, a great entry for World Bread Day.

Where do you get your French flour from? I'd love to try some.

Marysol said...

Nic, there's nothing better than homemade bread. Your photos have proven that. Your French bread looks delicious, with or without butter!

And while I've never invested in a bread machine, it has never slowed down my passion for bread baking.

Lisa said...

Wow. You make beautiful bread and butter curls too! Everything you post looks so gorgeous. I would love a taste of that luscious loaf.

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aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Looks like you got a great result there, Nic!

Where do you get French bread flour from?

Jamie said...

Oh fabulous! This is gorgeous bread, one I've been nervous about making. Yours is perfect!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I just bought a loaf of French bread yesterday and was so disappointed. Too airy and bland. I wish I had yours instead. It looks lovely.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Very cool tin for baking that bread on! Love it :) I love getting stuck in and kneading the dough - one of the most fun things about baking your own bread (apart from the smell of it baking...and eating it) Cute butter curls too, very profesh :)

Nicisme said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Sam & aforkfulofspaghetti - you can buy French bread flour from selected Waitrose branches.

zorra said...

I like the curly butter and of course the bread, too!

Thank you for your participation in World Bread Day 2009. Yes you baked! :-)

Robin Sue said...

I love those little curls of butter- so elegant! The breaad looks perfect!

aspadaro said...

I L.O.V.E that pan for making french bread, or that big puffy Italian bread from my youth. Great pictures and a really nicely written blog!

C said...

It looks gorgeous Nic, and thanks for the info on where to find the French bread flour - I'll look next time I'm in Waitrose to see if I'm in luck!