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One of our Good Cook Kitchen Experts Donna Currie has published a book, Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Bake-It-When-You-Want-It Yeast Breads that will be released soon. So we are celebrating everything about bread and Good Cook has two special offers for you!
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Quick & Easy French Bread:
The Good Cook challenge was to make a bread a recipe inspired by Donna Currie’s book. I have never made bread without the use of a bread machine before, but I gave it a whirl and it was yummy. It took about 2 hours to make fresh bread without any fancy equipment and my family loved it! I used several of my Good Cook products including my 3 piece mixing bowls and cookie sheet. I did not use a loaf pan to bake my bread. I also used my Good Cook Cooling Racks and Cutting board to help finish off my bread. I don’t know what I did before I had all of this stuff! It makes life easier.
- 2 TBS active dry yeast
- 2 Cups warm water
- 2 TSP salt
- 1 TSP sugar
- 4½ - 5 Cups bread flour
- 1 TSP Cornmeal
- Dissolve yeast in a large bowl of warm water.
- Add salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth.
- Continue to stir in more flour until the dough is soft.
- Place onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.About 6-10 minutes.
- Place dough into a greased bowl, turning once to grease the entire ball.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size. About 1 hour.
- Punch dough down and return to floured surface.
- Divide in half and shape into 12 inch loaves.
- Place on greased baking sheet, seam side down. Cover and let rise another 30 minutes until doubled.
- Sprinkle tops with cornmeal and with a sharp knife make 4 shallow cuts across the top of each loaf.
- Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Want more bread inspiration! Check these recipes from the Good Cook Blogger crew!