French Bread



Matt and I have been trying to make a good sour dough for at least a year. We had heard that putting beer in it, will make it more sour. It didn’t, but what it did do, was make a fantastic french bread! Probably, the best french bread I have ever had. Even though, I was super disappointed that it wasn’t sour, I did love the bread we had! Click here for the printable recipe.

Ingredients
1 packet dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 cup warm water
6 1/2 cup bread flour
1 egg
1/4 cup beer

Egg Wash Optional
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
Whisked together



Directions
1. Dissolve yeast, sugar in the hot water. Allow to foam for about 10 minutes.
2. In a stand mixer, sift in about half the flour into the yeast mixture. Add in the beer and egg and remaining flour. Mix until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Let stand in the bowl for 5 minutes.
3. Mix in the stand mixer for on stir for 5 more minutes. Grease the bowl and put the dough in the bowl and allow to rise until it doubles in size.
4. Cut dough into 2 loaves and shape until it is desired shape and size. Place on parchment paper, allow to rise until it doubles in size.
5. Place baking stone in oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Place a pan on the bottom shelf for water to create steam. Boil about a cup of water in a pot on the stove.
6. Brush the top of the dough with the egg wash. Skor the top of the bread and place in the center of the oven. Dump the boil water in the pan on the bottom shelf.
7. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.

 Brought to you by Matt and Cassie!

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