in the kitchen

my father-in-law started making homemade french bread a couple of weeks ago.  when zach and i were in pasadena we got to enjoy some of it.  my mom-in-law gave me a bunch of boomsma family recipes when we left, including the french bread recipe.  it’s super-simple and we have been loving it!  i made some yesterday and thought it would be fun to share with you all. 

3 cups white flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups water

step 1 – boil some pots of water (sounds silly, but just wait…).  while bringing the water to a boil, pre-heat the oven to as low of a temperature as you can (my oven turns on at just under 150*)

oh yeah – and i have some cell phone pictures.  because a blog post should always have pictures.

step 2 – mix all ingredients in a bowl

step 3 – place the pots of boiling water in the oven and then turn off the oven.  cover the bowl of dough and place it in the oven with the pots to rise for 4-5 hours.  don’t forget to actually turn the oven OFF!  turning it on was just to make it warm in there.

step 4 – (4-5 hours later)
remove the dough and pots from the oven.

(this is the dough all puffy and risen)

put a rounded dish/pot into the oven and preheat it to 425*.  once the oven is pre-heated, transfer the dough in some form of roundness (try not to handle it very much) to the pre-heated dish/pot.

step 5 – cover the dish/pot and bake for 30 minutes.  remove the lid and bake for another 20 minutes.  (although i have baked it the entire time with the lid and that seems to work fine.

(yesterday i split the dough into 2 balls/dishes because i wanted to turn them into bread bowls for dinner)

it comes out a lovely golden brown, tough and crackly on the outside and soft and tasty on the inside.  last night i cut off the top and forked out some of the insides and filled them with potato broccoli cheese soup.  it was all so yummy!

this has become one of zach’s favorite things to eat.  and it’s very simple for me to make – i do the first couple steps on my lunch break and put the dough in to rise while i go back to work for the afternoon.  when i get home, it’s ready to be baked and i have nearly a full hour to make dinner while it’s in the oven.  so besides a little bit of planning ahead, it’s a cinch.  love it!

thanks for the recipe, mom/dad-in-law! 


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