June 22, 2009

2 Hour French Bread

Pizza Pockets

1/2 cup warm water
2 TBS. yeast (2 packages)
3 Tbs. sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 TBS. salt
2 cups very hot tap water
6 cups flour

Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup water. In a large bowl, combine salt, oil, and 2 cups hot water. Mix in 3 cups flour. Add the yeast mixture. Mix in remaining 3 cups flour. Cover bowl. Stir down every 10 minutes for 5 times. Shape. Let raise until double in size. Bake at 400℉ for about 20 minutes.

I use this recipe for a lot of things.

Pizza pockets (calzones): After the dough has been stirred down the 5 times take a small amount of dough and flatten. Put on a greased cookie sheet and put all your favorite pizza toppings on half of the dough. Fold over the other half of dough and seal edges. Bake for about 15 minutes.

Pizza in a loaf or a stromboli: Roll french bread dough out to fit a cookie sheet. Put pizza stuff down the center 1/3 of dough. Cut each side diagonally from the filling to the edge and braid. Bake about 20 minutes.

Orange Rolls and Cinnamon Rolls
This dough works well for the chicken rolls that were posted earlier

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