French Bread With Roasted Garlic
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.