Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins
A dear friend gave me this recipe, swearing that it is too easy to mess up- and she was right! It was delicous, better than anything fresh from the bakery!
- Dissolve yeast, warm water, and sugar in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine hot water, granulated sugar, salt, and oil. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour to the mixture in the large bowl/mixer and mix well. Stir in yeast mixture.
- Add 1 – 1 1/2 cups more flour and mix until well blended. (At this point your dough will still be quite sticky). Leave in bowl and let rise for 1 hour, mixing a few strokes a couple of times during the hour.
- Divide dough into 2 (or 3 if you want smaller loaves) pieces. Roll out each piece on a floured surface into the length desired then roll up length wise like a jelly roll.
- Put on a greased cookie sheet, sealed side down, and tuck the ends under. Slash the top diagonally across the top every couple of inches with a sharp knife. Brush with egg white. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Let loaves rise 30 more minutes.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
This recipe is amazing! The bread is always nice and crusty outside with a super soft inside. I make this bread at least three times a month! I make exactly as directed, but I brush the top with a little milk before baking instead of egg white. Thank you for posting!
I was worried at first because my dough didn't seem to raise. However, the resulting loaves were incredible! They were the lightest loaves I have ever made! Plus, this was the first recipe I ever found that made French bread that tastes like the ones you buy in the store! Absolutely the best French bread recipe ever!
Very good! So much better than store bought! Will be using this a lot! Thanks for the recipe and thank your dear friend too!!!