Really Easy, Really Good French Bread
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!
- Ready In:
- 1⁄4 ounce dry active yeast (1 packet)
- 1⁄4 cup warm water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 tablespoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup oil
- 2 1⁄2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 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.
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This recipe is amazing. I have made it multiple times, adding poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or garlic/Parmesan toppings and/or herbs, depending on the evening’s menu. The recipe easily makes two or three loaves as stated and I generally make 3 as this bread freezes remarkedly well. Definitely a go to recipe for beginners or experienced bakers and easily “tweakable”. Fun to experiment with this recipe.1Reply
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