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First French Bread

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BriannaF

First French Bread

Yeah, so I baked more. 

 

Anyhow, this is my attempt at French Bread. I suuuuck at shaping, and my seams popped, but I really liked the crust and it tasted really good!

 

I made a really wet sponge with a tiny amount of yeast, 1C flour and 1C water, let it sit most of the day, then mixed it with additional flour, water and salt for the dough. Did a lot of kneading, shaped it, and then left it for a long rise. Baked at 500, down to 425 after I got the color I wanted.

 

I think I should have let the final shapes rise longer, maybe.

 

Anyhow, pictures!

 

The loaves

 

 

I artistically hide the popped seams!

 

 

 

The crumb. The holes got a bit smaller towards the middle of the loaf. =( But, it wasn't fine-textured all over, so I'm counting it 'good'.

 

I've got a sourdough starter showing promise, so maybe next time I'll try it with that!

 

-Brianna 

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KipperCat

Looks good!