How to Bake Standing French Loaves from Scratch

By Cohutt:

Not much to it really after you do it once or twice

1 pack of yeast
¼ tsp sugar
1 cup of water +
3 ½ cups of unbleached bread flour
¼ cup rye or whole wheat flour
3 tsp salt

Proof the yeast in ¼ cup of hot tap water by stirring it with the sugar

Add the cup of water to this when it bubbles up some

Put flour in food processor with a plastic dough blade

Turn on processor and slowly by steadily pour the water/yeast mixture in until the dough forms a ball that runs around the bowl a bit.

Let it rest for 5-10 minutes

Check it- if sticky/wet feeling to the touch add a tiny amount of flour and run the processor.

Once it is soft to the touch but no sticky, turn on the processor and have it turn the ball 30 times – 30 laps. If you do much more the dough will overheat.

Let it rest 5 minutes then turn out on a lightly floured surface and pound flat, fold over, repeat about 30 times.

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  • Food processors are subject to fail, being a machine. I’ll try this recipe using the more “primitive” method and get back to you.

  • I would love to hear your primitive cooking ideas and try them out!

  • we use a national panasonic food processor and this seems to be a bang for the buck.::

  • I have made this by hand “the old fashion way” one time.

    It can be done (obviously, since bread has been made by hand for eternity), it just takes longer to mix and knead the dough. If you want a good way to work on your grip strength and forearm tone, go right ahead, you won’t be disappointed.

  • food processors can really shorten the time it takes for you to prepare home cooked meals –~