This morning, my husband requested homemade French bread as he was leaving for work! He surprised me so much, I really didn't have the heart to disappoint him. I had to run to the store for some new flour, and then came home and made a Rapid Rise recipe, which you can find HERE! I got out my 15 x 10 jelly roll pan to use as a guide for size. You have to roll out your two loaves to this size, and I used it as a visual to know when I had sorta gotten it to that size!
I did knead it for 10 minutes on top of the upside down jelly roll pan, and that worked out OK, but I knew I would have to roll them out (after they rested 10 minutes) on the counter. I read this tip about using plastic wrap to roll on. You just wet your hand with water and rub it on the counter and then lay the plastic wrap out and it will not move as you roll your dough out on it. This is invaluable to me. Let's just say "LOVE IT"!!!!! You know you have a completely clean surface to work on. Yes!!!!!
Here are my two loaves all ready to go into the oven! They looked wonderful. (They are shiny because I just put the egg wash on top)!!! I cannot recommend this Rapid Rise recipe or the whole darn technique highly enough. What used to take 5 hours, now takes 2 hours from start to finish of the bread making. I was quite amazed. I searched Google for "Rapid Rise bread recipes", and found many and only picked 5 star ones!
They turned out just perfectly! Soft inside, and crusty outside, it was a huge hit.
I gave a loaf to my son and his wife. One was for dinner. We had salad and this lushious loaf with olive oil, and italian seasoning, salt papper as a dipping. Delish!!!
I just got home from the health food store, where I picked up a bag of mixed 10 grains to use for my loaves tomorrow. HERE ...Mary Lou's Honey Multigrain Wheat Bread! I am so excited to keep trying all these Rapid Rise recipes! Such fun....boththe crafting of the loaves and the eating part too!
I tried to make a few tries to bottle or jar from my kitchen (EDM # 7)...and found out this is not anything I am capable of!!! I ended up just doodling my name over top of all tries, and let's just say I will leave it at that. Moving on to the next EDM (Everyday Matters) which you can find HERE. I just realized that drawing a jar or bottle from your kitchen is #7. Somehow I thought it was #5!!! LOLOL! Guess I will go back now and do # 5, which is to draw your bed!!! No easy challenge! Yikes.
Have a nice Thursday tomorrow! xoxo- Julie