February 23, 2006

French-Style Country Bread **לחם כפרי צרפתי

French-Style Country Bread לחם כפרי צרפתי
Just A Perfect Bread !
I use king arthur flour site's recipes for years , this one is another very good one,I hope you'll love the taste and the aroma as I do :-)

The Bread is very hot..

French-Style Country Bread/King Arthur Flour
Sponge Starter (Begin 2 to 16 hours ahead)
1 cup cool-lukewarm water, preferably spring water (90 to 100°F)
1/2 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast
1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Special Bread Flour
1/4 cup King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat or Traditional Whole Wheat Flour

All of the sponge starter (above)
1 cup lukewarm water, preferably spring water (l00 to 115°F)
3/4 teaspoon active dry or 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3 3/4 to 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Special Bread Flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt

To Make The Sponge:

Stir all of the sponge ingredients together to make a thick, pudding-like mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on a counter overnight or for at least 2 to 4 hours. If you're making this in a bread machine, place the sponge ingredients inside, and turn the machine on for just a few seconds to mix the ingredients together. Turn the machine off and close the cover.
Let the sponge rest for 4 hours or overnight (anywhere between 2 and 16 hours is fine, the longer the better).

To Make The Dough: Stir down the sponge with a spoon and add the water, yeast, sugar, most of the flour (hold back about 1/2 cup to use if required), and salt. Knead the dough, adding more flour as necessary, to make a soft dough, 10 to 12 minutes.
Note: You may also do this in your bread machine, using the Dough or Manual setting.
After the dough has finished kneading, place it in a lightly greased bowl, and continue as directed below.
Big Tip: Mix ingredients together using up to 80% of the flour called for. Mix into a loose, messy mass. Let the dough rest for 12 minutes. Then continue, kneading and adding additional flour as required. Overall, the dough handles better, having had a chance to absorb the flour while resting and relaxing, and you'll tend to add less flour.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or plastic container, cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and a damp towel, and let it rise until almost doubled (depending on the weather, this could be l to 2 hours). If you're going out, or if you prefer, let the dough rise slowly in the fridge. If your dough has been refrigerated, allow it to come to room temperature; it'll warm up and rise at the same time.
After its first rise, deflate the dough gently, but don't knock out all the air; this will create those "holes" so important to French bread.
Form the dough into a round ball. Place two cookie sheets atop one another, and place a semolina- or cornmeal-dusted piece of parchment paper on top. Gently place the ball of dough on the cookie sheets, seam-side down.
Cover it lightly with a tea towel, and let it rise the second time until it's puffy and about 40% to 50% larger, anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes (depending on the weather, luck, and magic). Slash or cross-hatch the bread with a sharp knife or lame. Dust it with a little flour.
Baking in your Grill:
Preheat your grill to High. Place the bread (on the doubled-up cookie sheets) on the grill, and close the cover. Immediately reduce the heat to Medium (400°F/200°C), and allow the bread to bake for 25 minutes, or until it's well-browned. Reduce the heat to Low, and carefully place the bread directly on the grill. Continue to bake until completely done, about 5 minutes.
For Regular (Oven) Baking: Preheat the oven to 475°F/245°C. Slash the bread, spritz water into the oven with a clean plant mister, and place the bread in the oven.
Reduce the heat to 425°F/220°C and spritz with water every few minutes for the first 15 minutes of baking. Bake the bread for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until it tests done.
Makes 1 large round loaf or two medium size loaves, 10 to 12 servings.
Full Recipe - Here
The Bread - before baking ..
Sponge Starter after 2 hours ..
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Chicken Soup
Yummy... "Soul for the Chicken Soup "
So now I need only soup almonds..

Now you have to lower the flame, and cook for 50-60 minutes.. add salt ..

Add water, and bring to boiling point..

Add carrots.. pumpkin .. all the greens..

And now the Chicken...

Now put layers.. as I did - Here, start with the 'hard' vegetables:
Chicken Soup, Chicken soup, I love this soup SO much ,
I can eat it all year round, winter and summer, yes , everyday, can you believe me ?
OK, here we are, clean/peel all vegetables: Onions,potatos, carrots, celery,zucchini , pumpkin (cabbage -if you want), all the 'greens' you love, I love all of them - dill and parsley..
Chicken Soup With egg
soup "almonds"
Part of the soup vegetables will become a small salad.


zorra said...

The bread and the golden soup look great!

chanit said...

Thank you zorra ! :-)

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