Saturday, July 12, 2008

French Peasant Bread--Gotta Try It!

Okay I know this may seem really lame, but I had my first experience yesterday of making/taking a meal to somebody. Erica Goulding couldn't find anyone to take a meal to a couple in our ward who just had a baby so she asked me to do it. I couldn't say no and I knew I needed to just buck up. I do cook dinner for Owen every night (or most nights) but he doesn't really get a choice if he likes it or not, he has to like it :) I am a little self conscious in this area, therefore I have never been one to volunteer for it. I love to bake but cooking, I am not too comfortable with. Anyways, it turned out fine and it was really no big deal. But I did want to share the bread recipe I made real quick. I first used this recipe probably about a year ago when my aunt Pam and I were up at her house working and she had just gotten a new recipe book from my other aunt Lisa who said to try out this recipe. We looked at it and thought it sounded delish!! After our first experience it pretty much became a weekly ritual for some time. It is call French Peasant Bread and it is a little different but oh so good and super easy!

French Peasant Bread
1 package dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups flour
corn meal (optional)
melted butter

Place yeast, water, sugar and salt in warm bowl and stir until dissolved. Add flour and stir until blended. Do not knead. Cover and let rise one hour or until doubled in size. Flour hands, remove dough from the bowl and place in 2 rounds on an oiled cookie sheet sprinkled with corn meal (optional). Let rise an additional hour. Brush the top with melted butter and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush again with butter. Serve warm.