yes, i realize this is in no way a foodie blog BUT, i do love to cook and bake so… per elizabeth’s request - my all time favorite recipes for BREAD!
perfect french bread/baguette:
18 oz bread flour
1.5 tesp dry active yeast
2 tesp salt
12.5 oz water (luke warm)
Measure four into a large bowl, add salt & yeast & crumble together with fingertips.
make a well and add warm water& use a dough scraper or spatula to fold the flour & water mixture into a shaggy ball.
knead by hand or in a mixer with dough hook for about 10 minutes (this dough will be on the sticky side!)
on a lightly floured surface gently press out flat, then fold into quarters creating a loose ball with air pockets.
place dough in a bowl to rise in a warm, draft less spot until it has doubled in size. you may use a tea towel to cover it or plastic wrap. i’ve used both and have no complaints.
*do not punch down*
scoop dough out of the bowl and either divide into 2 loaves for baguette or leave in one loaf for french bread
again, to create the loaf, gently press the dough out flat (about 1” thick) and fold over the sides to create a loaf shape (or a ball for a circular loaf)
sprinkle cornmeal onto baking tray and place loaves on top with spines down
slice loaf tops 5-7 times with a sharp knife and let rise once more. i usually use plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray to cover.
pre-heat oven to 450 & bake 15-20 minutes. let cool before slicing (if you can wait!)
variations: i often use a cornstarch wash on these to give them a nice crackle crust. i’ve also used this recipe and used bread pans.
1/3 c shortening
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tesp baking powder
3/4 tesp salt
3/4 c milk
pre-heat oven to 450
cut shortening into flour, baking powder, and salt with a fork until it’s fine and crumbly.
stir in milk - i usually go on the sticky side for extra soft biscuits
turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly 10 times. roll out to about 1/2” - 1” thick with rolling pin
i use a floured glass to cut the biscuits rather than a biscuit cutter because it’s what i’ve got!
place biscuits in a round cake pan with all sides touching and bake about 10-12 minutes.
i can’t find my pizza crust recipe though… hmm. it’s a delicious cracker crust - no rise variety. well, when i find it i’ll post it along with my pretzel bread rolls! i just found this english muffin recipe that i’m eager to try, too. enjoy. xo