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Old 04-16-2015, 09:38 PM   #31
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My first try at homemade French bread today. I used Princess's recipe from BHAG, and mixed everything by hand since I don't have the latest kitchen goodies. It was fun.

I used Katie's suggestion of steaming water in the microwave and using that warm environment to proof the bread, since it was a little on the cool side here today.

It turned out wonderful. Another 3 seconds and I would have overbaked it. I really liked the crust and the tender inside. I couldn't resist buttering a slice right away, and dinner this evening will be grilled cheese sandwiches with smoked gouda, and soup.

Thank you to all for your suggestions!
Fantastic! Glad it turned out well for you! I still use the recipe, but have subbed in my sourdough starter for the yeast.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:41 PM   #32
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Thank you, ladies! It wasn't the prettiest, but boy did it taste good! I'll definitely make this again.

Don't know what you mean by not "the prettiest." You did a stellar job. Glad you had such positive success. And I'm pleased you found my proofing method helpful.

Keep going!!!
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Don't know what you mean by not "the prettiest." You did a stellar job. Glad you had such positive success. And I'm pleased you found my proofing method helpful.

Keep going!!!
See, that wasn't hard now was it! And you know the best time to make bread? When you are mad at someone. Then every time you get to slap it down on the counter, you can pretend it is whoever you are mad at. A great way to disperse your anger and frustrations. Some of the worlds best bread has come forth from such effort.

And who told you it wasn't pretty? It sure looked pretty to me. And since Katie H. makes all her own bread products, she should know. Don't ever listen to the naysayers.
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Thank you Princess and Katie! I think I could really get into this.
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Cheryl, that bread looks great!
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See, that wasn't hard now was it! And you know the best time to make bread? When you are mad at someone. Then every time you get to slap it down on the counter, you can pretend it is whoever you are mad at. A great way to disperse your anger and frustrations. Some of the worlds best bread has come forth from such effort.

And who told you it wasn't pretty? It sure looked pretty to me. And since Katie H. makes all her own bread products, she should know. Don't ever listen to the naysayers.
LOL Thank you, Addie.
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Cheryl, that bread looks great!
Thank you, Andy! It sure tasted good!
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Don't know what you mean by not "the prettiest." You did a stellar job. Glad you had such positive success. And I'm pleased you found my proofing method helpful.

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Thanks, Katie....I think I will!
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I use the old Fleischmans yeast recipe for dinner rolls...been using it since I was 8 or 9, I'll see if I can find it.

Here it is: Breadworld by Fleischmann'sŪ : Classic Dinner Rolls using RapidRiseQuick Rise Yeast Recipe
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Thank you Princess and Katie! I think I could really get into this.
Looks good Cheryl. Now that you've gotten your feet wet, there is no telling how far you can go. Fresh home made bread is so far superior to store bought in most respects - the only negative is that it has a much shorter shelf life - if not eaten in a couple of days it still makes great croutons.
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