Just a few more Valentines Day posts from this year. I made our favorite dinner to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. And what is Chicken Alfredo without some yummy bread?!?! Of course I had to make it heart shaped and pink!
I will make these again and this time and use the standard shape. I love this bread! Real baguettes take about 100 years to make, or like 4 hours….either way. Who has that kind of time?!? Not me! Maybe someday I will buckle down and go for it, but for now this is a perfect substitute.
This bread is soft and chewy and just a little salty. I think it’s wonderful!
- 1 1/2 Cup Water, heated to 110-115 degrees
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 3 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
- 2 tsp Salt
- Red Food Dye
- Butter for basting
In a small bowl, add the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes. You should have about an inch of foam at the top. In a stand mixed combine the flour and salt. Slowly add the water/yeast mixture and mix with a dough hook on medium speed for about 3-5 minutes until the dough starts to look smooth.
On a floured surface (and use floured hands) knead the dough for a few minutes until the dough does not stick to your hands. Take about 1/4 of the dough and knead in red food dye 3-4 drops at a time until you achieve the desired color. Roll out all the dough into a long strip. Spray a cookie sheet or stone with cooking spray and shape the dough into a heart (or whatever shape you love or can successfully wrangle your dough into).
Place a glass baking dish filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 450. Once the loaf is done rising use a sharp knife and make a 1/4 inch cut into the middle of the loaf. Bake for 15-18 minutes, halfway through brush the loaf with butter.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!