This is a great recipe! It's easy to mix and the taste is amazing. I added rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, and basil to the mix and it was scrumptious. My kids and husband loved it and wanted more. I make an olive oil mixture with these herbs, pepper, and roasted garlic for dipping. It went together perfectly. I can't say enough good things about this recipe.
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!
These loaves only took 20 minutes in the oven, so make sure that you watch the bread carefully. I wasn't sure how this recipe was going to turn out because they were sorry looking loves of dough when I put them in the oven. But they browned up very nice and were VERY delicious. Next time I will probably double the recipe, because the two loaves were very small. Thanks for sharing!
This really is super easy and delicious. I'm baking for the second time this week. My new go to.
Wow! I cannot believe this recipe was that easy! My family raved about this bread. I made recipe as is...they thought it was bakery bought....I had to tell them I made it this afternoon. Thanks! You are indeed "stonecoldcrazy"!
This was my first attempt at French bread. The dough was really sticky, almost too sticky to work with. It didn't rise. I won't be trying again.
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!