Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
This was originally a recipe for "Easy French Bread" that I found on "Holy Cow! Vegan." I like experimenting with breads and making them my own. Let me say now, that this bread is no longer vegan.
- 1⁄2 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat or 1 tablespoon lard
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- In a large bowl, mix the yeast, warm water, and sugar and leave sit 5 minutes until the mixture appears frothy.
- Add in the flour, 1 cup water, salt and bacon fat or lard. Mix thoroughly with your hands until it all comes together.
- Pour dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the marjoram evenly over the the dough and knead for another 10 minutes, until the dough is slightly sticky.
- Pull the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat the dough. Cover and let rise for 2 hours or until the dough is doubled.
- Punch the dough down and divide into two equal pieces. If it feels too sticky to work with, sprinkle lightly with flour.
- Shape each piece of dough into a log about 10 inches in length. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise for 1 and a half hours. About 20 minutes before the rise time is done, put the bottom part of broiler tray in the oven on the bottom rack and preheat to 450 degrees.
- When the logs have risen, quickly cut the tops of the bread with a sharp knife and immediately put in the oven. Now quickly pour 1 cup of hot water into the broiler tray and quickly shut the oven door. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the crust is golden.
- After the bread is done, cool on a cooling rack and enjoy. Bon Appétit!