Thursday, September 19, 2013

French Bread

This turned out way better than I had hoped! Even though I didn't have the pan it said to cook it in (a baguette pan) we gave it a go and were pleasantly surprised! YAY for more great whole wheat bread!

1 1/4 C Water
2 TBLS Honey
1/2 TBLS Yeast
3 TBLS melted butter
2 C whole wheat flour (+ another Cup or so to knead in with your hands)
1 tsp salt

Combine water, honey and yeast and let sit for 5-10 minutes.  Then add the melted butter.
In another bowl combine 2 C flour and salt.  Add the liquid to the flour mixture and combine.  The dough will still be sticky and wet.  Allow to rise for 20-30 minutes in the bowl. (I covered mine with plastic wrap)
Flour your countertop and dump dough out onto the flour and begin kneading in.  Knead in enough flour that it no longer sticks to your hands. Apparently the longer you knead whole wheat bread the better the texture will be.  I did it for as long as my arms could handle. (Will probably do this all in the Bosch next time :) And double it to make 2 loaves)
Butter your pizza stone (or whatever you will be baking your bread on) and sprinkle with corn meal.  Roll your dough into a nice fat snake and place on your prepared stone.  Cut slits in the dough and allow to rise for 20-30 minutes. 
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and this is what you'll get.
We enjoyed ours with some homemade lasagna.  It was a great alternative to our normal bread-sticks!  Huge hit all around!

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