Friday, 16 October 2009
French Bread for World Bread Day
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.
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.
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!
My previous breads for this event were:
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