Mock Sourdough French Bread

niedziela, 26 stycznia 2014

Mock Sourdough French Bread

Time: 2 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 (8 ounce) cartons plain yogurt (Non-fat works great!)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 package expired dry yeast, for flavor (optional)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 -5 cups unbleached flour
  • cold water
  • fresh coarse ground black pepper (optional)


  • 1 Heat yogurt to lukewarm (110 degrees F).
  • 2 In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, stir in yogurt, sugar, salt, oil and 2 cups flour, and beat until smooth.
  • 3 Stir in enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle.
  • 4 Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding more flour as necessary, to obtain a firm, non-sticky sough.
  • 5 Place in oiled bowl, and turn to oil top of dough.
  • 6 Cover, and let rise in warm place until doubled in volume.
  • 7 Punch down dough, divide into 8 equal parts, knead each one, and flatten into a 4x6 rectangle.
  • 8 Roll up, beginning on one of the long sides, excluding any air bubbles.
  • 9 Pinch edge of dough firmly into roll to seal, press each end firmly to seal, and fold ends under.
  • 10 Place loaves, seam side down, on greased cookie sheets sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • 11 Brush or spray tops with cold water, and cut three diagonal slices across top of each loaf with a sharp knife or razor blade.
  • 12 Let rise until doubled, about 30-40 minutes.
  • 13 Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • 14 Brush or spray loaves with cold water, and sprinkle pepper into slashes if desired.
  • 15 Bake until loaves sound hollow when rapped on the bottom or when they reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F on an instant reading thermometer, about 35 minutes, brushing or spraying with cold water every 10 minutes.
  • 16 Cool on wire rack before wrapping.
  • 17 Recipe can be doubled successfully, and bread freezes very well.
  • 18 Thaw to room temperature and heat unwrapped in oven to restore the crisp crust.

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