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Classic French Bread

 

Stop and think of the aroma of freshly baked bread.  Home-made bread is always a delight and  a treat.  This loaf of Classic French Bread is easy and not to time-consuming.  It is worth the extra effort  to have a crusty warm loaf of bread with your favorite hearty soup. Left-overs, if there are any, can be used for bruschetta and bread pudding.

Make a big pot of soup using cookbookinabox® recipes for Summer Vegetable Soup and Corn and Mushroom Chowder as hearty soups.

Loaf of Classic French Bread

Loaf of Classic French Bread

Classic French Bread

A small loaf of French Bread and an easy to do.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: French
Servings: 12
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast 2 1/2 teaspoons

Instructions

  • Put the warm water and yeast into a large bowl or a mixing bowl, let stand for 5 minutes or until the yeast has bubbled on top.
  • Whisk the flour, salt and sugar into a smaller bowl.
  • Add the blended dry ingredients into the yeast mixture.
  • Stir with spoon or beat with mixer using a dough hook until blended.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured bread board or counter and knead about 5 minutes; roll into a ball.
  • Spray a large bowl with the cooking spray.
  • Put the ball of dough into the greased bowl, roll it around to coat the top side.
  • Cover, let rise in a warm place (85 F) free from drafts until doubled in size (45 minutes or hour.
  • Punch dough down and pour onto a lightly floured board or counter and shape
  • into a loaf, round or long.
  • Put it onto a greased baking sheet.
  • Cover dough into warm place until doubled in size (30 minutes +/-)
  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Make 2 diagonal cuts across of the top with a sharp knife.
  • Beat the water and egg white together, brush over the top of bread.
  • Bake at 450F for 20 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Notes

To have a warm place: turn the oven on warm and turn it off while bread rises.
This can also be made in a food processor. Mix the flour, salt and sugar first in the process, then add the yeast mixture. Process until dough forms a ball, process additional minute. Turn the dough out to knead for 5 minutes. This recipe is from Cooking Light Annual Recipes 1999, p 35......cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® s, bring you great recipes for your cooking experience. 2007-2018 Netta Belle's Choice cookbookinabox "Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off." All rights reserved.

 

Enjoy your soup and crusty Classic French Bread, Make it often.

 

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Corn-Mushroom Chowder

Corn and Mushroom Chowder

Corn and Mushroom Chowder

Corn and Mushroom Chowder

This is a hearty soup for winter or for a summer luncheon, particularly when fresh corn is available from the local Farmer’s Markets.  I am an advocate of using fresh vegetables and fruits.  That is the advantage of living in small rural areas.  However, I have seen Eataly NYC via of the internet.  That is on my bucket list.

When I can’t get the fresh corn, the next best is the frozen bags I have in my freezer.  I never freeze enough; end up using grocery store frozen corn.  Just not the same, it does not have the milk scraped off the cob as for cream corn.

A Summer Time Treat, fresh corn.

Corn-Mushroom Chowder

A hearty soup of fresh corn, roasted red peppers and mushrooms, enhanced with crisp bacon pieces.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Prepare the roasted red peppers before starting the chowder.
  • Mince and chop the vegetables to have ready to put into the soup.
  • Melt the butter in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven.
  • Add the onion and garlic, cooking until onion is translucent.
  • Add the roasted red peppers, chopped mushrooms and corn.
  • Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken broth over the vegetables.
  • Add Blend, sugar and parsley.
  • Stir to blend, cover, bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Add the milk to the soup, cover and cook for additional 5 minutes.
  • Do not let boil.
  • Pour 1 cup of the soup mixture into blender, mix briefly before adding the beaten egg yolks and cream. *(See notes)
  • Return the blended egg mixture to the large soup pan and heat only until hot.
  • Fry the bacon pieces until crisp, drain on towelling paper.
  • Serve the bowls of soup sprinkled with crisp bacon pieces.

Notes

*Add a tablespoon or more of the hot soup mixture to the beaten eggs before adding them to the blender. This is "tempering the eggs" to prevent cooking the eggs.  cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® bring you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox®
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Roasted Red Peppers ready to peel the charred skins.

Roasted Red Peppers ready to peel the charred skins.

Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers are a favorite to have on hand in the freezer.  I clean and cut them to remove seeds and flatten for broiling about 15 mintues until well charred.  Cover them with aluminum foil for another 15 minutes will loosen the skin for easy peeling.  Best to wear gloves to prevent staining or burning your fingers. Lay them flat in one layer in freezer bags makes it easier to remove to use in soups, salads, stews, with vegetables, and meats.  They are tasty heated with olive oil, oregano flakes and balsamic vinegar for a side dish vegetable.

A serving of Corn and Mushroom Chowder

A serving of Corn and Mushroom Chowder

                                                                        

 

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