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French Bread With Roasted Garlic
From: Rita

This is made in the bread machine and baked in the oven. Follow your bread machine directions. If you don't have a french bread setting just remove dough from the machine before the final rising stage and shape as directed.

SERVES 10 , 2 loafs

  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fast-rising active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic

Add water to the machine following with the rest of the ingredients as listed. Be sure not to have the salt (place salt in a corner)and yeast touch.

Use the french bread setting press start.

When the dough cycle has finished remove dough from machine place it on a floured work surface. Punch down divide into 2.

Start with one rolling into 7-8 X 3 inches. Fold one third up lenghtwise and one third down then press. Repeat twice more letting the dough rest in between foldings.

Gentle roll and stretch each piece to 11-13 inch loaf. Place loaf on a lightly floured bread pan so it will keep its shape while rising. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap and rise for 30-45 minutes in a warm place.

Slash tops with a sharp knife. Place into a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes. In a pan below add a hand full of ice cubes. Bake until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack and cool.