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France – French breads (regular & sweet)

Around the World in 12 Dishes

So we are moving on from Dublin and we cross the Irish Sea and Channel to set foot to the mainland in France, the second stop of our second season of “Around the World in 12 Dishes”. You can find our colouring placemat right here and the passport right here (the cover for the passport is right here for you!).

French bread - RegularFor our second stop of the second season of “Around the World in 12 Dishes” is France, known for its upscale cuisine – something that we usually do not go for. After the immense success of our Irish soda bread, though, one of our first thoughts was – French bread!

After looking around a little, we found a very nice and easy looking recipe on Sparkrecipes (yes, we are counting calories ;), which looked simple and yummy and bread is usually something that Nico will try no matter what. Since it is a yeast bread, we started it off early, as it has to rest and rise several times in order to get to where it’s supposed to get the volume it needs, but Nico has always been an early bird, so not a problem.

French bread - yeastThe beginning of the prep process was as uneventful as they come, mix some warm water and sugar, drop in the yeast and stir, then wait 5 minutes.

French bread - flourNext up you add the salt, oil and half the flour and stir well before pouring in the rest of the flour and stir it all again. And we wait another 10 minutes. We stir it and wait 10 minutes and we stir and…you get the principle – overall we did this 5 times and dough rose very nicely during that time.

French bread - progress

Here you can see, how the dough took shape!

French bread - kneadingFinally we went in by hand to combine the leftover flour that was at the bottom of the bowl with the dough and at first Nico was very hesitant to touch it and when the dough started to stick to his hands he was not a fan, but he went through with it, doing a great job!

French bread - rollingAfter we put the dough on the mat and had separated the big loaf into two (it is supposed to make two loaves), we wanted us to make a plane. So Maman said “Why not?” and we shaped wings and the tailfin and stuck them on and tadaaa – we had a plane :) To do that we cut off the sides of the rolled out dough (you would not believe how much pressure this three-year-old puts on this roller!) and shaped them up.

French bread - cinnamonSo we had a second ball of dough ready to go and since Ireland was a big success with the sweet version of the soda bread, we also wanted to give an alternate version a try and since we all three like cinnamon a lot, we rolled it out, sprinkled some sugar and cinnamon on and rolled the whole thing up.

French bread - egg whiteThen we scored the top of the breads and Nico brushed it with egg white like a pro.

French bread - planeFrench bread - sweet bakingAfter that we let the breads sit for another 30 minutes before putting them into the oven for about 30 more minutes (and they kept growing, so make sure not to make them too big to begin with or they might spill over) at 400 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until it is golden brown.

French bread - plane playingNext up it was time to give our bread a test flight and after it successfully returned to the airport, eh, table, it was time to rip off the tailfin and take a big bite out of it and give the nod of approval!

French bread - Nico eatingNico then wanted a wing with Nutella, while we opted for a more traditional ham, cheese and lettuce version of it (see pic at the top of the post).

French bread - sweetAnd the cinnamon bread turned out to be yummy, too, but could have used a bit more cinnamon and maybe some raisins…But that’ll be a case for the next time…

Check the other blogs of “Around the World in 12 Dishes” for their French creations:

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Little Artists, Mermaids’ Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It.

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :)

Please link up your French dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!


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