Thursday, March 29, 2012

"It felt French."

I love Friends. Too much for words. I could probably watch that show 24/7. It's always hilarious.


Kyle, Selena, Gabe, and I went with my in-law's to my father-in-law's mother's house.
Mouthful, huh?

This February. She had made us some food, and part of it was this french bread with about a half inch of garlic butter in the middle. Kyle's been going on and on and ON about it ever since. And it's almost April. Sheesh.

I was making spaghetti the other night and decided to give a try at some french bread with garlic butter.

It came out amazingly.

Until I screwed it up.

I had to bake this bread twice in two days. It was THAT good.

Super Easy French Bread

1 1/4 c. warm water (105-115 F)
2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. dry active yeast
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 c. bread flour
cornmeal (for sprinkling)
1 egg
1 tbsp. water

Stir your sugar into the warm water to let it dissolve. Add your yeast and let it bubble for about 5-10 minutes.

Throw it into your mixing bowl. Eh, gently. GENTLY throw it into your mixing bowl. Add your salt and 2 cups of your flour. Mix.

No clue why that picture is like that. *sigh*
Add the rest of your flour and mix. If you have a dough hook option, use that bitch. Knead it for a few minutes until it's smooth.

Sprinkle some cornmeal on a baking sheet.

With your hands, form your dough into a snake. A thick snake.
I know what you're thinking, you dirty minded people, you.

Cover and let it rise until doubled.

Scramble your egg up in a bowl and add the tablespoon of water. Scramble again until combined.

Brush the mix over your bread dough.

Using a sharp knife, shallowly slice (score?) the bread a few times.

Bake at 375 F for about 30-35 minutes. You should be able to knock on it and have it sound hollow.
Once it's done baking, let it cool. And then slice it.

Now get ready to make your garlic butter. You CAN do this while you're bread is baking. That'd probably be better/easier.

Deliciously Simple Garlic Butter

1 stick butter
5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dill
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano

Place your butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add the chopped garlic ontop of it.

Pop it in the microwave for about a minute, until the butter is all melted.

Add your seasonings.

Mix until it's combined. Pop it in the fridge to harden up a bit and then spread it on your slices of bread.
I was in a hurry, so I used a brush to kinda slop it on my slices. That works, too.

Bake it in a 350 F oven for a few minutes, for it all to get nice and warm and yummy.

And don't do what I did, which was top it with grated parmesan, turn the broiler on to crisp up the top and somewhat melt the cheese, and then do dishes. Because the broiler WILL cook faster than you realize, there WILL be more dishes than you remember there being, and you WILL burn your bread.

If it wasn't burned, it would've been awesome. Hence why I had to bake another loaf the next day. And it was glorious. I have no pictures because it got eaten as soon as it was done, it was THAT good.

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