Is there such a thing as the perfect recipe for French Bread? Also, how do you schedule your breadmaking in real life?
I would like to start making bread regularly. Other kinds are fine, but I love, love, love French bread.
an old bread machine (Welbilt model ABM4900)
a reasonable amount of time off
a reasonable budget for ingredients
-->Are there any classic, minimalistic recipes out there that you have tried? The one in my machine's manual calls for shortening (something I thought French bread didn't have) this one looks promising
, but I'm not sure if the oven temperature is F or C...
-->Should I use the bread machine, o should I just make it by hand?
-->For those who bake bread regularly, how often do you bake it? Is there a way of preparing something in advance, freezing the dough, or refrigerating it so I can just pop it in the oven?
*I have tried the no-knead bread, and it was fun, but I dream of baguettes.