Thursday, January 1, 2009

French Bread

This is a very simple bread recipe using your bread machine and very few ingredients. The results are a European style baguette.
1 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 cups bread flour
2 Tablespoons rye flour (I've used wheat in place of rye before, I'm not really sure what it does)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Place ingredients in the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Use the dough cycle. At the end of the dough cycle, shape into 2 long thin loaves. Let rise until double on a pan or stone that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake at 425 for the first 15 minutes then reduce heat to 375 and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Because I like a crisp crust, I put a shallow pan of boiling water in the bottom of the oven.

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