Sourdough french bread #1

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Proofed \"Sourdough Batter\" (make the night before)
1 pack Dry yeast
1 cup Tepid water (85 degrees)
3 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
6 cups All-purpose flour

This loaf has a wonderful flavor, and it uses both normal yeast and sourdough. It is simple to do and the odor of this stuff baking will bring the kids in from the yard I promise.

Make your batter the night before. Cover and let it sit out. Dissolve the yeast in the water. Mix with the Sourdough Batter and then stir in the sugar and salt. Finally, stir in the flour. I use my KitchenAid dough hook so there is no pain to this method. Knead with a machine or by hand until the dough is very smooth and elastic.

Place the dough on a plastic tabletop and cover with a large metal bowl.

Allow to double in bulk, about 1-½ hours.

Punch the dough down, knead it a bit, and divide it into 2 pieces. Shape each into a loaf and place on a baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Using a pastry brush, dab a little water on the top of each loaf.

Allow the loaves to rise until double in bulk and bake in a 375ø oven for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is brown and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the bottom with your knuckle.

From <The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American>. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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