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French Bread with BALDJIS Kalamata Olives

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French Bread with BALDJIS Kalamata Olives and Thyme:
The recipe calls for spraying the oven with water because extra humidity makes the outside of the bread crusty. Simply use a spray bottle filled with tap water.

  • 1 cup whole milk
  •  2 teaspoons butter
  •  2 teaspoons sugar
  •  1 cup water, room temperature
  •  2 teaspoons active dry yeast (for do-ahead version) or quick-rising dry yeast (for same-day version)
  • 3/4 cup sliced BALDJIS Kalamata olives
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  •  2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups (or more) all purpose flour
  •  BALDJIS Extra virgin Olive oil
  •  1 egg white, beaten to blend

    Bring milk to simmer in small saucepan. Add butter and sugar; stir until butter melts. Pour mixture into large bowl. Add 1 cup room-temperature water and cool mixture until lukewarm (85°F to 95°F), about 10 minutes. Add yeast; stir to blend. Stir in olives, thyme and salt. Add 1 cup flour. Using wood spoon, stir until flour is incorporated. Add 3 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, and stir vigorously with wood spoon until incorporated after each addition. If necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour until dough is smooth and begins to pull away from sides of bowl. Oil large bowl.

    Transfer dough to bowl; turn to coat with oil. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. For do-ahead version: Chill dough overnight. For same-day version: Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes (do not punch down dough). Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 500°F. Oil large baking sheet. Turn dough out onto floured work surface (to avoid deflating, do not punch down dough and do not knead dough). Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Gently form (do not knead) each piece into baguette 15 inches long by 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches wide (dough will not be smooth). Transfer baguettes to prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly apart.

    Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm draft-free area until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes for refrigerated dough and 15 minutes for room-temperature dough. Brush top of each loaf lightly with egg white. Generously spray inside of oven with water (about 8 sprays); immediately place loaves in oven. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F and continue to bake until loaves are deep golden and sound hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes. Cool on rack.
 

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VEKAP MENELAS BALDJIS LTD

Kalamata Industrial Area

Kalamata 24100 - Greece

Tel: +30 27210 99641
Fax: +30 27210 99622

Email: info{at}baldjis.com

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