Lunch with "The Girls"
Roasted Green Chile-Cheddar Artisan Bread
Now grease a bowl with oil and put your dough inside covering all sides with the oil so it won't stick. Just swish it around in the bowl until covered with oil.
Isn't it beautiful? Don't you feel accomplished? You SHOULD!! But we aren't done yet.
Cover the dough.....I use wax paper but plastic wrap(loosely, so the dough can breath) works, a clean dish towel.... it is all to keep the dough from drying out on top. Put your dough in a warm place to rise. I use the back of my stove under the Halogen lights from my fan above. The lights get hot!!
You should put it in the warmest place in your kitchen! This helps the dough to rise. Let sit , covered for about 1 hour or until the dough size has doubled.
When dough has double remove from bowl. Divide in half with a knife. Take each piece and pull the ends underneath to form a "boule" or in other words a round loaf. Do this with both pieces. I put mine on parchment paper because I am going to bake them in the oven on a baking stone and this allows me to transfer them easily. You can also leave them on the baking sheet and bake directly on it. Slit the loaves on top. I use a serrated knife and make an X as you see below.
Now let the loaves rise 30 - 45 more minutes until doubled again.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 375 degrees. I do this for at least 30 minutes to heat up my stone to enhance the crust.
After dough has doubled the second time I slide the loaves with the parchment paper onto my preheated baking stone. (Or bake directly on the baking sheet is fine!!) Close the oven door and bake for 20-25 minutes. (Yes, you have to wait that long!)
Bake my little darlings!!! Mama waits...patiently...NOT!
Have you every seen anything so beautiful come out of YOUR oven. We are talking ARTISAN bread here from the kitchen of an everyday mama. I love the way the cheese melts and the chili's poke through with their green color. And the SMELL.....can you smell it? Heaven!!!
Now I have to choose which one to take with me for my lunch with the girls.
Such a hard decision!!!!
This loaf won!!! The other will stay home with me for later!!
Please comment and let me know how it works for you and send pictures if you can.
We will let everyone see our new "crop" of Artisan bakers online.
The bread I brought for lunch is below on the board, cut and on the table ready to be devoured! We had such a nice lunch. Soup, Salad and Bread!!! There is nothing better than good friends, great food and fellowship. Take some time to be with your friends. They are one of God's greatest blessings to us. Tell your friends how much they mean to you!!!