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french hearth bread

Recipe by
Vallèe du Willamette, OR

Modified from a bread machine recipe as found in my trashed copy of Giant Book of Bread Machine Recipes. A KitchenAid stand up mixer is mighty handy!

yield 1 1/2 pound loaf
prep time 1 Hr 45 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For french hearth bread

  • 6 oz
    whole milk
  • 3 oz
    warm water
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter (not margarine!)
  • 2 3/4 c
    unbleached white flour
  • 1/4 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp
  • 6 Tbsp
    walnuts, coarsely chopped or finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    active dry yeast

How To Make french hearth bread

  • 1
    Gently heat the milk, water and butter in a saucepan on low just until the butter starts to soften and the milk is warm (but not hot!). Set aside.
  • 2
    In a KitchenAid stand up mixer with the flat beater attachment combine the unbleached white flour, wheat flour, salt, chopped walnuts and active dry yeast.
  • 3
    Switch to the kneading attachment and pour in the milk mixture. Knead for a few minutes until the dough is no longer sticky. Let dough rest-covered for 1 hour.
  • 4
    Sprinkle a small amount of flour on a cutting board. Knead the bread dough a few times then shape into 1 or 2 boules or similar shape.
  • 5
    Arrange the boule(s) on a parchment lined baking tray. Place in a *warm oven and let rise for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and leave the boules in the oven while the bread rises. *We have a KEEP WARM feature on our range. I turn on the KEEP WARM feature and as soon as it comes to temperature I turn it off and allow the bread to rise.
  • 6
    Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the bread is lightly brown and hollow when tapped. Set aside to cool on wire racks. Good toasted, too!

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