I am a whole grain guy but there are some breads that just have to have the white bread taste, for example a whole wheat french bread is really a baguette bread not french bread. For breads like these I use a KAMUT mixed in with a quality white flour, such as King Arthur, that is un-bleached and un-abominated.
I usually only use 1/3 KAMUT flour and the rest white four for recipes that I want to taste like white flour, this ratio with KAMUT leaves it tasting like white bread. For some reason KAMUT does not have that whole grainy taste like most whole grain flours do. So it is white bread but it still has that whole grain goodness hidden in there, no one ever knows that there is whole grain in it unless I tell them. I highly recommend using KAMUT in your white breads.
Now on to the KAMUT french bread, it is so easy (as you can see in the video below). French bread is an oily dough but the WonderMix mixer did great with mixing it.
- 2½ cups water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1½ cups KAMUT flour
- 4⅓ cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- Add water, sugar, yeast, and olive oil to mixer bowl.
- Turn the mixer on to speed 1
- Add KAMUT flour.
- Add half of the all purpose flour and salt.
- Add the remaining all purpose flour and let it combine.
- Turn the mixer up to speed 2 and let it mix for 6-7 minutes.
- Turn dough out and cover and let it rise for 1 hour.
- Cut dough in half and shape 2 french bread loaves
- Cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut angled slits in the top of the loaf (optional).
- Bake for 35 minutes so that it is nicely browned on top.
- Let cool and enjoy
quick photo is courtesy of my wife ( who runs Vanilla Tree Photography)