This delicious bread is made in the food processor. You can assemble the dry ingredients the night before, start the bread in the morning & let it sit out several hours to rise. I even use it to make french bread pizzas. It's really good. I hope you try it.
1/2 cup warm water
1 T. sugar
4 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T. butter
1 cup ice water
Mix sugar & warm water together in a small bowl. Sprinkle on the yeast & let proof for about 5 minutes.
Put flour, salt & butter in food processor & mix with the plastic blade. Pour the warm water mixture down the food tube while running & let run until well mixed.
While running, slowly pour the ice water down the tube & let the processor run (and knead) until the mixture balls up. After it balls up, let it run another 45 seconds.
Put dough in a greased bowl, cover loosely & let rise several hours until it has quit rising. Punch down on a clean, dry counter & roll out into a rectangle about 12 x 16 inches. Now you can either cut it lengthwise into 2, for larger loaves, or 3 for baguette size loaves. You can also make 6-8 sub-style "hard" rolls. Cut 4-6 slits slits on the diagonal on the top. Cover & let rise until double.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. I usually moisten the top of the bread. If you want a very shiny crust, you can brush with a beaten egg white. You can sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if you wish. Bake about 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
Let cool on wire racks.
Makes 2-3 large loaves, or 6-8 small loaves (these are great for meatball or Italian subs)
I am sharing this with Let's Break Bread Together .