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I made this last night for dinner and the whole family loved it. My husband said it tasted much better than store bought and I was so happy since this was my first time making homemade bread. (I have a new Kitchen Aide mixer and this recipe is not in the book that came with it, so thank you!
I make this bread every other week. One to eat all week & one sliced & into the freezer for the following week. I pop the frozen slices in the microwave for 15 secs & into the toaster, and fresh bread again! The only thing I do differently than this great recipe - is add a tbsp of sugar to the yeast & let it sit for 5 minutes. I also use loaf pans & don't bother with the cuts into the dough - because I like to use the bread for toast/sandwiches. Thanks for a great recipe!
This was really good and very pretty with the criss cross lines on top. Thanks!
I have never made french bread before and was looking for a mixer friendly recipe- this turned out PERFECT. Super simple ingrediants too. I'll be making this every week now. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
I just inherited my Mom's Kitchen Aid (it's older than me!) and this was the first bread I made with it. The crust is thick and crispy, the inside tender and lovely. I also broke it down into 10 rolls for French Dip sandwiches and worked well that way also. My secret to crispy crusts - a few ice cubes in the bottom of the oven. Works every time!! Thanks so much for sharing.
This is the first yeast bread recipe with which I have had any success. I guess that you could describe me as "yeast challenged," but this recipe gives me hope. My loaf did rise wider instead of higher, but the texture and flavor was good. This has quelled some of my fear of yeast, and will be tried again.
Can't believe I forgot to rate this recipe. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars...it is delicious!! I have made it a few times now. Today I subbed for some of the all-purpose flour, 1 c. oat bran, 1 c. rye and 1 c. whole wheat. I also added some Vital Wheat Gluten to it and at the last minute of mixing, I added 1/2 c. mixed seeds. I like to use about 1/4 c. toasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds, approximately 1/8 c. whole flax seed and to finish out the 1/2 c. I add some poppy seeds and toasted sesame seeds. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing..this one's a keeper
This is a great bread recipe! I did not use the egg wash and I substituted about 2 cups of whole wheat flour for 2 cups of all-purpose. The bread was softer than expected (not a bad thing at all) and easy to make. Since there's just the 2 of us I divided the dough into 4 parts to make smaller loaves, and reduced the baking time by about 5 minutes. We ate one and I froze the rest. Thank you!
My loaves came out perfect. Easy recipe, clear directions. I didn't use the egg wash as a personal preference. Thanks for posting!