EASY CRUSTY FRENCH BREAD

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This simple home-brewed white bread instruction is certain to be a hit! home-brewed dutch kitchen appliance bread that’s prepared in exactly a number of hours – no have to be compelled to let it rise long. crisp crust on the skin and soft, ethereal bread on the inside! eater.


The crackly brown crust here is that the results of baking this bread in an exceedingly dutch kitchen appliance. By keeping the lid on whereas the bread bakes, you produce a pleasant muggy atmosphere within the pot – and also the steam is what offers the bread that crisp, charming crust. the opposite issue that produces this bread therefore great? This proofing basket. It’s my new major life discovery.

I love it first of all as a result of it helps the bread keep its form whereas it rises (so it doesn’t displayed into a weird, skinny bread blob) and second as a result of it leaves the prettiest flour rings on the crust. simple Crusty white bread a minimum of once every week of late. (Except for the weeks once we build it double. Or 3 times. however who’s counting?)

It’s a reasonably fast instruction (only one or two of hours!), which implies you'll throw it along on a whim. i like whim-baking (real thing? I say yes) as a result of 1) I don't arrange way enough ahead to start out bread over 3 hours before need|i would like|i need} to eat bread and 2) WHY would anyone want to attend longer than completely necessary to eat delicious, crusty French bread?

The directions here look a touch long, however they’re all essentially simply notes on technique – therefore don’t let the amount of steps intimidate you! when one or two of adventures with this bread, you’ll be ready to throw it along in your sleep.




INGREDIENTS


  • 2.25 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1.25 cups warm water (about 100 degrees F should do)
  • 1.5 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2.5 cups All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for dusting

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (you could also mix this dough by hand if you like – just use a large mixing bowl instead).
  2. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes, until the mixture looks nice and foamy.
  3. Add kosher salt to bowl.
  4. Add flour to bowl a bit at a time and mix on low speed until all flour is incorporated and dough has just started to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (If you’re mixing by hand, mix until ingredients have just come together and form a smooth dough).
  5. Turn off the mixer and remove the bowl & dough hook. Set the dough hook aside.
  6. Lightly flour all sides of your dough (don’t mix the flour in – it’s just to keep the dough from sticking!) and turn it over inside the mixing bowl to coat with flour on all sides. Cover with a tea towel and let rise on the counter for about 1 hour, until dough has doubled in size.
  7. When dough has risen, lightly flour a large cutting board.
  8. Tip the dough out of the bowl and onto the cutting board. DO NOT PUNCH THE DOUGH DOWN – you want to keep all those nice air bubbles intact so you have an airy, delicious loaf of bread. (Note: If the dough is sticking to the bowl a little bit, just wet your hand with a bit of water and gently separate the dough from the bowl to get it all out).
  9. Sprinkle a bit of flour across the top of the dough, then begin shaping it into a round loaf. I like to pull each corner of the dough in towards the center (like I’m folding an envelope) a few times, then flip the dough over and tap it into a nice round loaf. (Watch the video above to see how I do this!)
  10. Flour a proofing basket or a small mixing bowl and place your loaf into it seam-side down. Cover with a tea towel and let rise another 30 minutes or so.
  11. While bread proofs, place an empty dutch oven (with the lid on) in your oven and heat to 460 degrees F.
  12. When the oven is hot, you’re ready to go! Use oven mitts to pull the dutch oven out and remove the lid.
  13. Tip your bread dough gently out of the proofing basket back onto your floured cutting board, and then VERY CAREFULLY (without burning yourself!) place it – seam side UP, this time – into the hot dutch oven. (You can use a piece of parchment paper here to make this easier if you like – see video and recipe notes).
  14. Put your oven mitts back on, pot the dutch oven lid back on the pot, and slide the whole thing back into your hot oven.
  15. Cook bread for 30 minutes.
  16. After 30 minutes, remove the lid from your dutch oven. The bread should be crusty and lightly browned. Continue cooking, uncovered, for 10-20 minutes more until the bread has deepened in color and you have a beautiful brown crust.
  17. When bread is done, use oven mitts to pull the pot out of your oven.
  18. Use a long spatula to lift the bread out of the dutch oven and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it. Slice, slather with butter, and enjoy!

Recipe From : Life As A Strawberry



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