EASY FRENCH BREAD
I love bread. Bread, rolls, baguettes, French bread, Italian bread, rustic bread, you name it. I feel almost incomplete if there are no bready carbs sitting on my counter. It’s my security blanket if you wish.
The white store-bought bread is not only not attractive but tasteless to me so I try to bake my own whenever possible. I have tried many many recipes for many many different kinds of bread goodness. This Easy French Bread has a crunchy crust and it’s fluffy and delicious inside. Perfection!
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EASY FRENCH BREAD RECIPE:
One of the easiest ways to make French bread at home. Nothing beats a nice slice of freshly baked bread with butter!
- 4 c bread flour all-purpose can be substituted
- 2 t salt
- 2 t yeast
- 1-1/2 c warm water
- In the bowl, combine warm water and yeast. Stir to combine.
- In another bowl, whisk together 3-3/4c of flour and the salt.
- Pour the flour mixture into the yeast mixture. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix for 3 minutes. Dough should pull away from the sides and form a ball. Add more flour if needed.
- Sprinkle remaining 1/4c of flour on your counter. Place the dough on top and knead until smooth. Form into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450. Place a large inverted baking sheet into the oven to preheat.
- Place dough on floured surface and form into a ball. Cut the ball in half. Shaping one half at a time, spread the dough into a rectangle, then fold the rectangle inward onto itself length-wise to form a long loaf. Pinch the edges to form a seam. Turn seam-side down. Repeat with other half. Cover and let rise another 30 minutes.
- With a sharp knife, cut shallow slits diagonally across the tops of the loaves.
- Remove the inverted baking sheet from the oven. Carefully place your loaves onto the hot pan. Place the pan on the center rack of the oven. Bake 20-25 minutes.