|Soup Boules for Dinner and a French Loaf.|
Perfectly risen and I am delighted. Here is my recipe:
Ingredients for French Bread:
2 C. warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 t. honey
3 T. Instant yeast
5 C. bread flour (organic if you have it)
1 t. salt
1-2 T. olive oil
1 egg white slightly beaten
1 T. cold water
Using a small bowl combine the water and honey and stir until dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast across the top and let stand for 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl , combine 2 C. of flour, salt, and the yeast mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon for about a half of a minute. Gradually add 2 more cups of flour.
Knead by hand or with a machine adding additional flour until the dough is smooth and elastic adding the 1 remaining cup of flour as you go. NOTE: Depending on the weather and humidity it could take a bit more or less flour.
Punch the dough down. Turn onto a floured board and divide in half. Then divide one of the halves again. Form into 3 portions, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll the larger half into a 15"x 10" rectangle then roll from the long end into a loaf. Make 3 gashes in the top of the loaf. Place Seam side down on baking stone strewn with cornmeal. Form the two smaller portions into smooth balls and slash the tops. Position them rough side down on a baking stone strewn with cornmeal. Cover the three portions and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour until doubled.