My son went to France last week on an exchange trip with school and has returned a complete Francophile.
He now requires French bread for his school lunch so I thought I’d have a go at making my own. I used the French bread dough programme on my bread machine to make the dough.
500g White bread flour
1 teaspoon quick yeast
2 teaspoons salt
320ml warm water
The dough took over 3 hours to make. It would have been quicker to use the Kenwood but I wanted to just leave it as I was busy.
The dough was split into 4 portions. Each was flattened then rolled out to about 4cm x 30cm with plenty of flour.
Each piece was then rolled into a cylinder shape and the join pinched together. The loaves were left to rise covered with a damp teatowel for half an hour.
They were put into a hot oven, 200C for 15 minutes. A bowl of hot water was placed on a lower shelf to provide steam.
The result? Four delicious, crusty loaves to be proud of! They didn’t last long though!