This is the first time my bread looked like and tasted like bread ! This recipe is from Julia Child and I was really excited when the dough rose and once baked, they even nice air pockets in them. I need to keep making this recipe a couple of more time to inprove on it. But if you guys a bread bakers, please try this recipe, its really good.
1 1/4 cups water (105-115 F)
1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon of sugar
3 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/8-1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened.
1.Pour 1/2 cup of the water into a bowl and mix with yeast and sugar till foamy.
2.Let sit for 5 minutes until creamy.
3.Put the yeast mixture, rest of the water and 3 1/2 cups of the flour into the mixer with the dough hook.
4.Mix slowly until blended then add the rest of the flour.
5.Increase speed and scrape down the sides till the dough comes together.
6.Back in mixer add butter 1 tbsp at a time (dough may come apart, but mixing will pull it back together).
7.Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and shape it into a ball then place in a large buttered or oiled bowl.
8.Turn dough so it is completely coated in the fat, then cover in plastic for 45 minutes to an hour, till it has doubled in size at room temperature.
9.Butter 1 loaf pans.
10.Roll out into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle onto a lightly floured surface.
11.With the short end facing you, fold the dough into thirds like a sheet of paper to go into an envelope, creating a roll.
12.Pinch the seam closed, and pinch the ends enough so it will fit in the loaf pan.
13.Drop in the loaf pan seam side down and bake.
14.Cover the loaves with buttered plastic wrap and allow to rise again in a warm place (80°F) for 45 minutes, until they double in size.
15.Preheat the oven to 375°F and put the rack in the center of the oven.
16.Bake for 35-45 minutes til they are honey brown.
17.Immediately turn out of pans onto a rack to cool.
18.Once almost completely cool, they can be cut.
19.Store in an air tight container for upto a week.
20.Slice and Enjoy !