Weather: windstorm, had the first power outage of the season earlier today
What I’m listening to: wind howling, trees swaying
I wanted some good homemade bread to make my Garlic Cheese Toasts to go along with my Tomato Cheddar Soup a couple of weeks back. I decided that I would try my hand at some French Bread. Having never made it before, I did a little online research and hunted around the food blogosphere to see what other bloggers had done. I picked up ideas here and there and formulated a plan as to how I would attack this French Bread without a professional oven, bread machine, stoneware baker, or pizza stone (to name a few of the many methods out there).
I used my conventional oven, a large inverted baking sheet preheated to 450 degrees, and a half a cup of water thrown into the oven to create steam. Voila! Two lovely crisp, chewy, fresh French loaves. Just a quick note about the size of the loaves – they are ideal for serving bread and butter with dinner, making garlic bread, or cheese toasts (and numerous other delicious uses). However, I wouldn’t say that these loaves are big enough to be used as sandwich bread. Just a heads up.