Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Orleans French Bread...

I'm going to try to make homemade bread once a month. I decided to make New Orleans French Bread this month.  It makes four small loaves that I use for garlic bread.  Since garlic bread is about $3.50 in the store, I figure I'm saving some money. 
 New Orleans French Bread
1 pkg. Yeast         2 T. Sugar
2 1/2 c. Water       1 T. Salt
1 t. Sugar            6 1/2  Flour
Add flour mixture and knead 8 minutes.  Place in greased bowl and let rise 1 1/2 hours.  Turn on floured surface  for 15 minutes.  Knead and shape into 4 small loaves.  Cut four slashes.  Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees and then 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

While waiting for the bread to rise, Ella and I went shed hunting.  Lo and behold, I found one.  We looked everywhere and couldn't find the match.  It was tiring for Ella.  

My rug is getting bigger.  I'm having a hard time keeping it flat.  If anyone has advice I'm open to it. 
The bread is done.  Not the prettiest of loaves.  It has been a while since I made this recipe.  They are difficult to form.  They always end up chubby:)  Before freezing them, be sure and cut them in half.  This comes from experience trying to cut open frozen loaves. To  make garlic bread I add garlic butter, Parmesan cheese, and re-heat them at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.  
We finally got the honey from our hives.  That is one of the most beautiful colors there is.  I haven't tasted it yet, but I have faith it will be perfect.

Needless to say things are busy here in cabin country.  It has been cold, crisp, and it  still winter.  


  1. YUMMY ! Home made bread with home made honey on Oh I am hungry now lol ! I havent made home made bread for years a friend of mine makes home made bread once a week in a bread maker and it is amazing you use fresh ingredients just the maker does all the work and it smells and tastes just as good. Have a great day !

  2. This looks so good! I really wish I had more time to bake bread.

  3. You really make the most of wintertime projects! I bet your home smelled so good with the bread baking. Stay warm, XOXO

  4. It's been awhile since I've made homemade bread. My sister's home always smells so fresh with it. Yours looks delicious. I'm sure it is. And fresh, oh, my, I'm hungry.
    You found a, usually they fall within a pretty close circle...a beauty of a 10 pt. My son found an 8 pt. set getting our Christmas tree~~~speaking of Christmas~that's exactly what I think when I see your header pic of the cedar's gorgeous.
    Maybe tie a row a bit looser to flatten your rug. I can't wait to see the finished product. You are so talented in your cabin home.

  5. That bread looks delicious! And the'm drooling here!

  6. You are motivating me! I'm going to try your bread today.

    The way to get your rug to lie flat is to make the circles wider. Let me explain, but it is tricky to put into words. Wish you were here, I could show you in 2 seconds! Anyway, as you hold the strip close to the existing circle ready to add the next stitches, push back on it a little. That way you are doing the opposite of stretching it, and once sewn, the new circle will be a little wider than the previous one and the rug will lie flat. Right now, the fact that the rug is 'cupping' means that the outer circles are too tight, you are stretching the strip. Remember that the outside edge of the strip has to be longer than the inside edge. Hope I've described that in an understandable way!

  7. Yummy! I am always looking for more bread recipes. Definitely giving this one a try.

  8. Very nice i will give it a try.i don't usually measure when making breads and throw lots of different things in my dough.

  9. What lovely photos-- so serene! Your bread looks wonderful and I am envious of that honey. We would love to add bees to our homestead! :)

  10. I bet that bread tastes awesome -- doesn't matter if it's not perfectly shaped!

    About the rug -- I've never made one, but perhaps you are coiling it too tightly? Just a thought.

  11. Your Ella looks like a sweetie! Loved the pictures. Thanks for the follow & I'm following you back :-)

  12. Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Ella is a beauty and your bread and honey look so tasty. Thank you for the recipe. Have a great week.

  13. Yum! I love fresh bread & homemade honey-what a treat! Your rug looks lovely.

  14. Your bread looks really tasty, cheers for the recipe I will perhaps have a go at making some. We hope to get some bees soon, it would be lovely to have some of our own. Thank you for visiting me at the orchard. Have fun.


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