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Announcement: Friday May 13, 2020: More COVID Comfort Food: French Bread (& Fondue)
May 22nd, 2020 by Alex Koster

Welcome to kidscookdinner.com.  To read more about this blog and why my brother and I started it, scroll down a few posts.  To read what we cooked last: read on right here. Today, after school finished (early since it’s remote), I decided to make French Bread.  We aren’t shopping much thanks to COVID and we often run short of bread.  Since we were planning on having fondue for dinner, it was essential we have bread.  (Max couldn’t help because he is studying for four AP tests). Ingredients for French Bread are pretty simple: flour, water, yeast, a little salt, and egg white (for an egg wash):

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First step is to mix the yeast, water, salt and flour using an electric mixer.  Then you slowly add the flour (you start with 2 cups and try to work in almost 6 cups).  You have to use a spoon and your hands as the dough gets stiffer.

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Then you knead it until it’s a smooth ball (6 -8 minutes

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You place the ball of dough in a greased bowl, turn once, and let rise for an hour.

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After you punch down the dough (the most fun part of making bread), then you shape it into two long loaves by rolling out the dough in a rectangle and then rolling each up.  You let the loaves rise for 45 minutes; and then brush with egg wash (water + egg white).

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Then you make 3 diagonal slices in each loaf, about 1/4 inch deep, and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes, you remove from the oven and brush them one more time with egg wash so they get really crusty and brown.  They need about 15-20 minutes more of cooking time.

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Best way to eat them? With fondue, of course!

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