Really Easy, Really Good French Bread

READY IN: 2hrs
Recipe by stonecoldcrazy

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!

Top Review by cookiemed

The perfect recipe for beginner bread makers. I also add fresh herbs and garlic powder. I also substitute half and half for the water.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast, warm water, and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

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