Rapid Rise French Bread
Adapted by Paulette L Motzko from French Bread Rapid Rise
5-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages of Rapid Rise Yeast
2 cups hot water (125 degrees)
1. Mix all ingredients in a large 6 quart bowl and add the hot water, not hot enough to burn you-, and mix thoroughly.
2. Mix in flours with the water until there are no wet pockets of dough or unmixed flour in the dough.
3. Cut dough in half and form into a smooth log, about the size of your greased bread pan.
4. Allow each loaf to rise, covered, with a clean cotton kitchen towel that is used only for bread baking. Allow to rise about 35 minutes, until the dough comes over the top of the pan an inch or so.
5. Bake the loaves for 35 minutes in a 425 degree oven.
Enjoy with fresh butter with your favorite soup and a healthy green salad.
Take a sharp knife (mine are covered with silicone so they don’t stick) and make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes in each loaf, and cover with a clean cotton towel to rise 35 minutes.
Painted Pictures by Paulette L Motzko, PLM Studios
Don’t laugh but if you close your eyes when you mix the bread and start kneading it, you will be able to sense how well the dough is mixed and also it will be easy to see how much moisture is in the dough. You don’t want it tacky so it doesn’t stick to your hands. You also don’t want to incorporate too much flour into the dough, or your bread will be dry and won’t rise right and the crumb won’t be moist…which is what you’re shooting for.
A nice tender interior with a delicious crust.
Enjoy baking bread and getting used to the techniques related to it. Once you master them, you can branch out and make any bread, following the directions exactly.
French Bread Rapid Rise ) Recipe – Food.com http://www.food.com/recipe/french-bread-rapid-rise-38327 (Share from CM Browser)
This recipe makes two standard loaves and you will two beautiful loaves – one for yourself and another to give another lucky person in about an hour and a half.
Photos by Paulette L Motzko
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