I chose this recipe, in part, due to the fact that it was not a bread machine recipe. I don't have a bread machine, but this recipe was so easy, I wondered what I could possibly need one for. I followed the recipe exactly, except I havled it and only made one loaf, and I did not add the seeds (but I did use the cornmeal). As I said before, I did not use a bread machine, and I did not use a stand or hand mixer either. I made it completely with my own two hands. I did not have a difficult time incorporating my flour or kneading. My dough rose beautifully, and baked up perfectly in exactly 35 minutes. It had a lovely, crunchy crust and I did not mist anything, use a bowl of water, or throw ice cubes in my oven. I agree that this looked more like a loaf of Italian bread, but I thought it did taste like French bread. I bet you could form your loaves thinner to look more like a traditional French bread if you want to. This recipe gets five stars from me for ease, clear directions, and a gorgeous end result! My boyfriend loved it, and right after dinner, asked me to pack some up so he could take it to his mother!
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I chose this recipe, in part, due to the fact that it was not a bread machine recipe. I don't...