I was looking for a quick recipe and I was surprised how well it turned out, since I'm a little bit of a bread snob. I usually do an overnight sponge, or an artisan bread that takes over an hour longer from start to finish. This is a very wet dough (as is my artisan recipe). It is quite sticky, but if you work on a floured surface it works out well. I use the same technique I use with my artisan recipe, which involves a "gluten cloak"... a little flour dump on top just while you shape it. If you aren't familiar with that technique but want to try it, I recommend reading about the master recipe in Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I will definitely use this recipe whenever I'm in a time pinch. Thanks a bunch!
I've made this bread about 6 times now. It's very easy and comes out great every time!
There is way tooo much water in this recipe. I'm going to use milk as suggested but otherwise the recipe as it stands is a waste of flour
This bread is GOOD and is still soft and delicious the next day. I did as other reviewers mentioned and baked it for slightly less time and brushed it with milk instead of egg whites. The recipe is so easy that after making it, I have decided to get rid of my bread machine. Also, the dough really is quite sticky (as mentioned in the recipe) so don't worry that it isn't a consistency that you are used to.
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!!!
So easy and so good! I cut down on the cooking time based on other revirew but made as directed otherwise. Will make this for dinner rather than have DH stop on the way home from work and pick up a loaf at the store! Made for Fall 2009 PAC.
Amazing!! I do wish I'd read the other review, mine browned quite a bit - but it was still delicious! I couldn't believe it didn't need any kneading. I added rosemary for an Italian meal, and it was superb. This will be my go-to french bread recipe! Thanks a bunch :)