Friday, April 15, 2016

Simple Italian or French Bread Recipe

1 1/4 cups warm water
1/4 cup dough starter
1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour( bread, all purpose, or preferably a mix of the two)

Mix the ingredients together. it doesn't have to be smooth, just wet the flour( it should be quite wet. Let it rise until doubled, then fold it over itself three times to form a ball. Repeat this 2 more times for a total of 3 folds/rises. After the final rise turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and split into 3 sections. Shape each section into long loaves (you decide how thick you want them)being gentle with the dough, meaning don't break too many of the bubbles. Place the loves onto a baking sheet and let them rise until they are nearly double in bulk. score the top with a knife. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes in a steamy oven. To make your oven steamy place a pan of water at the bottom when you turn it on.