Blue ribbon french bread
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Blue ribbon french bread
  French    Bread  
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:09:20 AM. Recipe ID 36248. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Blue ribbon french bread
 Categories: Breads
      Yield: 32 Servings
      1 pk Active dry yeast
      2 tb Nonfat dry milk
      1 tb Sugar
      1 tb Salt
      4 c  All-purpose flour; up to 5
      2 c  Hot water; (120- to
           -130-degrees F)
      1 tb Butter; room temperature
      1 tb Cold water
      1 tb Coarse salt
  In a large mixing or mixer bowl, stir together yeast, dry milk, sugar,
  salt, and 2 cups flour. Pour in the hot water and add the butter.
  Blend for 2 minutes with the flat beater of the mixer. Stir in the
  balance of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, switchig to the dough hook
  after about 1 additional cup of flour has been added. The dough will
  be a shaggy mass, elastic, but not sticky; it will clean the sides of
  the bowl. If it continues to be moist, sprinkle on additional flour.
  Place a kitchen towel over the bowl and let the dough rest for 10
  Turn the mixer to Speed 2 and knead for 10 minutes.
  Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap to
  retain moisture, and leave at room temperature until doubled in
  volume, about 1-1/4 hours.
  Punch down the dough and turn it onto a lightly floured work surface.
  Knead for 30 seconds to press out the bubbles, cut into two pieces,
  and form each into a ball.
  For a round loaf, place the dough on a corner of a greased or Teflon
  baking sheet or in a small basket, lined loosely with a cloth and
  sprinkled with flour.
  For a long loaf, roll the ball into a rectangle, about 10" x 16".
  Roll the dough until your palms into a long loaf which can be placed
  directly on a greased or Teflon baking sheet or in a long cloth-lined
  basket. Later, after it has risen, it will be trned from the basket
  directly onto the baking sheet.
  Cover the loaves carefully with waxed paper and place in a warm place.
  Leave until doubled in volume, about 45 to 50 minutes (I've found its
  usually longer).
  Prepare the oven by placing a large, shallow roasting pan under the
  bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400-degrees F. about 20
  minutes before baking. Three minutes before placing the loaves in the
  oven, pour 1 pint hot water in the pan . Be areful of the steam that
  will suddenly erupt.
  If the loaves have raised in baskets, simply tip the raised loaf into
  your hand and quickly turn the loaf right side up and onto the baking
  sheet. Brush with cold water and sprinkle with the coarse salt (or
  sesame seeds or poppy seeds).
  With a razor blade or a sharp knife, slash the round loaves with a
  tic-tac-toe design, the long loaves with diagonal cuts.
  Bake the loaves until they are golden brown, 45 minutes. Turn over
  one loaf and tap the bottom crust; a hard hollow sound means the
  bread is baked. If not, return to the oven for an additional 10
  minutes. Midway during baking and again near the end of t, shift the
  loaves on the baking sheets so they are exposed equally to the
  temperature variations of the oven.
  Remove the loaves from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool.
  NOTES : This is a smooth, creamy, crusty bread.  Submitted by Cathy
  Lielausis. Recipe 

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Recipe ID 36248 (Apr 03, 2005)

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