January 29, 2010

French Bread Loaves

I saw this recipe in the Taste of Home magazine.  Decided to try it out tonight with our baked ziti recipe and fresh frozen corn cut off the cob.  mmmmm I grew up eating corn that my mom had cut off the cob, and frozen to eat all year long.  I now do corn like this every year and love it!  But on to the bread....it is really easy and turns out really yummy too!  Start to finish, takes about 2 hours.  And for the calorie counters out there, each slice is about 79 calories and no fat :)

2 Tbsp yeast
2 cups warm water
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cornmeal

In your Bosch (or large mixing bowl) dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add the salt and sugar.  Add two cups flour and mix until smooth.  Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and knead until dough is soft.  Cover the dough and let it rise about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and divide into two pieces.  Shape each into a 12" long loaf of bread.  Grease a cookie baking sheet and place dough, seam side down, onto the pan.  Let rise another 30 min. or so.  Sprinkle with cornmeal.  Using a sharp knife, carefully make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf.  Bake at 450 degrees for 15-18 min or until light golden brown.

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