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Old 09-16-2008, 08:45 PM   #1
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French Bread video

I was set back a step or two when I watched this video, and realized I might be spending a bit more time at measuring and kneading than is really necessary. I'm going to give this a try because it's just so darn easy. (I also got all goofy at the sound effects when he cuts and butters the bread.)



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Old 09-16-2008, 09:11 PM   #2
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cool, i might even try that. thanks joe
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
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That was so easy. I learned the Julia Childs method/pinch. And I LOVE how he threw the water in the oven to make steam.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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Wow. Like you said the other day, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Thanks for the post.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting this - I'm a "teach me" kind of person versus reading.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:32 PM   #6
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Ok, now I'm going to have to make some bread.
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:28 AM   #7
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The thing that stuck out to me, every time he did it, was the kneading part.
The times I made crusty bread I only used enough flour to dust the counter with and left it there. This guy kept picking up flour and tossing it into his dough as he was kneading it and I think that helped the doughball firm up quickly, because it looked kinda loose when he first pulled it out of the bowl, like mine does.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:21 AM   #8
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The thing that stuck out to me, every time he did it, was the kneading part.
The times I made crusty bread I only used enough flour to dust the counter with and left it there. This guy kept picking up flour and tossing it into his dough as he was kneading it and I think that helped the doughball firm up quickly, because it looked kinda loose when he first pulled it out of the bowl, like mine does.
Did you hear that bread when he cut it and then when he chomped down on it? Awesome sound for a bread foodie. When is yours coming out of the oven? I have to work all week remodeling a bathroom, so I won't get to bake until the weekend at the soonest. Get busy and give us some pictures.

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Old 09-17-2008, 07:32 AM   #9
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Your dern tootin' I heard that light, flaky crunch!

My father is coming out for a visit today, which means he'll be bringing some mixing bowls my sister doesn't use anymore (I needed some new ones and she has a lot of stuff she's replaced or doesn't use anymore), which means one of them is supposedly a large glass one, which means I should be able to replicate this guy's "technique" pretty closely, which means...... pics to follow

Question: If I use instant yeast, does it need proofed?
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Your dern tootin' I heard that light, flaky crunch!

My father is coming out for a visit today, which means he'll be bringing some mixing bowls my sister doesn't use anymore (I needed some new ones and she has a lot of stuff she's replaced or doesn't use anymore), which means one of them is supposedly a large glass one, which means I should be able to replicate this guy's "technique" pretty closely, which means...... pics to follow

Question: If I use instant yeast, does it need proofed?
Just mix Instant Yeast in with your dry ingredients. It does not require proofing.

Hope you get some good stuff from your sister's hand-me-downs. I stopped in a Thrift Store yesterday on the way to a jobsite, and got this 3qt ovensafe baker for $4. Not a bad deal. With the high top lid, the volume is 4 qt, so the dough can rise nicely.



Off to work. Be back tonight.

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