Christmas Eve French Bread

 

Christmas Eve was super busy for me! Got a new China Cabinet (which meant taking apart my kitchen and putting it back together), baked Banana Bread, and starting at around 9pm I baked some French Bread!


I think this was the most successful bread making attempt I’ve ever had! Though, there is still much more to learn!!

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I liked how this recipe let me just put everything in a bowl and start mixing! Doesn’t all that foaming look neat!! =)

After mixing and kneading for … like, ever … we get the picture below!  The bowl had already been cleaned and oiled at this point the dough then just plopped in there to rise.

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I let it rise for a full two hours. I moved it from the kitchen to the living room about half way since the kitchen was quite cool!

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After two hours, I got the above image!  Then I separated it into two different loaves, molded them a bit, and set them to rise for about 30 minutes!

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I had a hard time getting the slashes in the tops to stay and I did read that you probably need to let it rise more if the slashes aren’t staying … but, I think my knives are just a bit dull!

This was the first time I remembered to actually coat the tops of my bread with something and wow does that make a huge difference!

 

 

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After the allotted time in the oven, I got beautiful looking french bread!! At this point it was nearing 1am in the morning … Christmas morning … so I stopped here for the night!

The next day I wrapped them up for travel! Their destination? My Aunt’s house for Christmas dinner!

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I am super proud of these but next time will do some research on how to flavor bread … it’s great if you put something on it but doesn’t taste like anything by itself …

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Managed to get a nice crumb picture as my Uncle cut it open!

Success in my opinion!! =)

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