Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The one thing I really miss when I don’t have a big family to cook for is freshly baked bread. For some reason, I don’t think it’s worth the effort just for myself. When I found this recipe, I almost didn’t make it because it made four loaves. But by halving it, I had one loaf for myself - and one to give away. It was absolutely delicious - and worth the effort.
I love my bread mixer - I couldn’t live without it. The only downside is it doesn’t work very well for small batches of bread. So, when I need to make a small batch of any dough, I usually resort to using my hand mixer initially and then finish kneading it by hand.
I have a great food processor, but I’ve been leery of using it to make bread. I’ve heard it’s perfect to use for a small batch of dough, and I decided to learn how. Had I known how easy this could be, I would have tried it years ago.
Within 10 minutes, I had a perfect dough ready to form into baguettes. It was wonderful with my Sunday dinner, and I had enough to send home with my sweet mother as well. This won’t be the last time I make bread in my food processor.
One thing I’ll change next time, however - is to eliminate glazing the baguette with egg wash. It made it a bit too chewy for my taste. But it made a beautiful golden crust that was so pretty. The method of making steam in the oven was a first for me - and it worked well. Now I won’t need to run to Sam’s Club every time I need a baguette.
For this recipe with step-by-step photos & instructions - go to: