Monday, March 30, 2009

Very simple and most delish French Bread

Everyone ranted and raved at our recent Relief Society Social when our good friend Christie served two fantastic recipes! A terrific french bread and a pulled pork. I'll share them in two entries so that they are easier to index. I've had a french bread recipe that I've used for years but after tasting Christie's, I'm replacing the old for hers! Loved it!

1 1/4 C very warm water
1T yeast

Dissolve yeast in water and add:

3 cups flour
1 T oil
1 T sugar
1/2 T salt

Christie mixes this in her kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook until dough is smooth and elastic. Then, she leaves it in the bowl, and covers it with a towel until doubled (about an hour). Punch it down, and flatten it down on counter top, (use olive oil on your hands and counter to keep from sticking) and roll it up (like cinnamon rolls, except Christie doesn't roll it out, she flattens it with her hands, maybe about 1-1 1/2 inch thickness). Pinch the seal together and tuck under and pinch the ends together. place on a greased cookie sheet, and let rise until doubled. Cook at 400 for 20 minutes (the browner it gets, the crustier it will be :) )

Christie also recommends adding 1-2 t dried rosemary, crushed, with the flour too. This is awesome with it. She has also added garlic and cheese after flattening it out, then roll it into the dough. Enjoy!!

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