I love to bake. I have for a long time. And a few months ago I started to have “baking days” every Saturday to make breakfast foods, or sweet treats – and lately I have been making fresh, homemade French bread to go along with Sunday dinner the following day. I searched for a good recipe and got started. I absolutely love the smell of the yeast rising and rolling out the dough and watching it rise.
Anyways, I found a really yummy recipe that I love to make and my family likes to eat. So I wanted to share my find with you all today.
Here are the ingredients:
1 1/2 T instant yeast
1/2 C very warm water
1 1/2 T sugar
2 C water
1 1/2 T oil
2 1/4 t salt
6 C flour
The yeast and sugar will be set in the 1/2 C of warm water for ten minutes. While you’re waiting for that to rise, get your oil, water, and salt poured into your bowl or mixer. When the yeast is ready, pour it into the mixer with oil, water, and salt along with 3 of the 6 C of flour. Mix together. Gradually add one cup at a time of the remaining 3 C of flour.
Knead for 5 minutes.
Set out on floured surface and let dough rise for one hour. During that one hour, knead the dough every ten minutes. So, if you start your hour at 1:30, knead at 1:40, 1:50, etc. and will knead for the last time at 2:20 before your hour is complete at 2:30. (Does that make sense?)
Divide dough into four equal parts. Roll out each chuck with rolling pin and roll up into small loaves of bread. To give it that simple but pretty look, slice three diagonal lines through each of the loaves and brush the top of each loaf with an whipped egg white.
Let loaves rise for 30 minutes.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes on 425* F, then 20 minutes on 375* F.
When it’s all done enjoy the wonderful delight of warm, fresh baked French bread.
*The original recipe was found here and there’s a tasty looking spread to go atop the bread if you so desire!