Easy French Bread

My husband says I should call this Freedom Bread. But I just can’t do it. French bread is a classic. One of the foods I would want if I was ever on a deserted island (and cheese/butter please). I made this quickly and easily in my bread machine, but you can do this recipe even if you don’t own one.  Instructions for non-bread machine users are at the bottom of the post. I found a neat tip today for giving homemade bread a crispy crust. Throw a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of your oven at the start of the baking time. Then, for a crispier crust, put a couple more in there halfway thru. I did this with these loaves today and it worked like a charm! I love odd ideas that actually work. [Read more…]

Raspberry Pain au Chocolat

Everything sounds better when you say it in French. In English this recipes is just Raspberry Chocolate Croissants. Yeah. I like the French version way more too. Raspberry and chocolate is a divine combination. Wrap puff pastry around it and you’ve got a guaranteed winner. A little sprinkle of powdered sugar and folks will think these came straight from Champs Elysees.
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