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French Bread

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     I'm 11 years old and a third generation bread baker.  This is my Nana's recipe, she lives in Wyoming. I love to bake, ALL types of things and I want to write a book telling people not to be afraid of yeast. I am in fifth grade and love school. I really hope you enjoy my first instructable! 
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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3 cups of  warm water about 105 degrees Fahrenheit or bath water temperature 
2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
6-7 cups unbleached flour 
1 egg separated (yolk and white)
1/4 cup sesame or poppy seeds
1-2 tablespoons of oil
A handful of ice cubes
a tin
Any type of whisk
large bowl
cooling rack (or a cool spot)
Make sure to have a clean working space!
Makes 4 loaves or 24 small rolls

Step 2: Yeast (Don't fear the)

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     Evenly spread the yeast on top of the warm water. Stir with something chopstick like. Wait for about 15 minutes for the yeast to proof, or until bubbly like the picture. If the water is too warm or too cool the yeast will die (not turn bubbly). DON'T GIVE UP,  try again. 

Step 3: It's Coming Together!

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     Pour the proofed yeast into the large bowl. Then stir in the egg yolk until uniform color. Now add three cups of flour. Beat really hard for about 1 minute or until fully mixed (by hand). After covering with top plastic wrap, let rise for 15 to 20 minutes. 
Captain Greg3 months ago
Holy cow, that was great! Honestly, I am glad I read this. I am going to try that right now! I am inspired by your Instructable and am really hungry for some fresh bread. Please post more recipes/whatever, you have a great style for instructing so one can understand what you mean. Good work!
yo.lizzy (author)  Captain Greg3 months ago
Thank you! I hope your bread turned out!
Bread was awesome. First try was a bit mis-shapen, but smelled amazing and tasted great. Lots of practice will refine this, but I'm new to baking from scratch. Love the recipe!
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yo.lizzy (author)  Captain Greg3 months ago

Looks yummy!! Thanks!

You are cure as can be! I'm going to swing into immediate action! I'll let you know how I make out using your guidance. I am, well-40ish and while I am
'cool' saying I am a fairly good cook and love preparing food for family and friends, I know very little about baking with yeast. Over the last couple of weeks I have made three attempts at bread baking, french bread specifically. Using mostly recipes I pulled from the 'net'-FoodNetwork and simply "GOOGLING" french bread, I haven't been super thrilled with any of it . My first attempt pretty much just stunk! It was bland, the texture was all wrong-so was the crust. The last couple, although each better than the one prior, still it didn't have the killer crust, that to me, makes the best french bread. I have a good feeling about you having included the use of steam in your intstruction-able ;) !
Lizzy, I think this could be just the ticket. Do forgive, It wasn't my intention to write a comment (my first internet comment, response, inquiry, blah, blah ever . Clearly I need to learn to "talk less-say more", anyway a comment that would chew up half your Saturday afternoon just reading but I'm "off the hook" lately with my quest for mastering the perfect loaf of french bread. Many thanks!
P.S my daughter is... Yo Adrienne. Now... I bake!
yo.lizzy (author)  delaneyt41733 months ago
That is so nice! Thank you! I hope it turned out!
Sometimes more words=better. :) btw, how did your parents come up with your name, you don't see it too often, I like it. (sorry, off topic)
Housedog3 months ago
Good job Kid!
You remind me of me a your age.
I predict a future in science for you.
yo.lizzy (author)  Housedog3 months ago
Thank you!
osh1141 year ago
I would love to read that book because i don't know what all the fuss is about yeast. If you write that book i would appreciate if you wrote the title here.
IcecoldJV1 year ago
This recipe looks pretty good, I have gotten much into bread baking in the last few months and decided that I need to open up my repetoire of breads to different types, so far I have been making simple white bread loaves. This looks good, as I said, and I shall attempt this over the weekend. Thanks for the instructions! Keep baking!!
gatorslp3 years ago
Elizabeth, you are one of a kind- absolutely amaZing!! Casting my vote for you and wishing you all the best! - Mrs. Church's sister, Phoebe :)
yo.lizzy (author)  gatorslp3 years ago
Thank you so much for looking at it!
GeekFilter3 years ago
I really like how you talked about not fearing the yeast! I've heard so many people say that yeast scares them and for the life of me don't know why. You've got my vote!
yo.lizzy (author)  GeekFilter3 years ago
Thank you I don't get that either. You can always start over!
this is so good i use that ice into steam in my gluten free breads too its one of the only ways ive found to make a half way gluten free bread. I will half to work on addapting your recipie. I put a link to this on my FB and told my friends to vote i hope you do well in the contest.
yo.lizzy (author)  DELETED_jorgegunn3 years ago
That is so kind of you!
heschurch3 years ago
Elizabeth! OMGoodness what do I keep telling you...you ARE amazing! I've got to be the luckiest teacher:)

possum8883 years ago
You've got my vote. Great job!
yo.lizzy (author)  possum8883 years ago
Thanks it's yummy bread!
This is a beautifully made Instructable! I can't wait to try the bread! Keep up the great work!
yo.lizzy (author)  Stripeythecrab3 years ago
Thank You!!
smandal3 years ago

You make it so easy by such a clear and complete instructions. I enjoy your instruction, photos and all the minute details. I am not going be afraid of the yeast!

I think I am getting adventurous to try your instructions. 
anool3 years ago
where's the Vote button ?
and it's not on this list too :
http://www.instructables.com/contest/bread/?show=ENTRIES&sort=RECENT&limit=18
anool3 years ago
atta-girl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atta_flour) !!
Looks delicious.
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