French bread is the perfect side to soup or pasta. This delicious bread is soft and chewy. Fresh out of the oven it is so amazing that if you try a slice, I am pretty sure that you will not be able to resist another slice.

Do you add butter or honey? Tell me what you like on your amazing bread as it comes fresh out of the oven. French bread is so easy to make. The part that takes the most time is allowing it to rise. Make your french bread and then you can go do something else while it rises.

Read a book, take a nap, go to the store. Just do not go shopping for three or four hours, because when you get home your bread just might have grown so big that you are not able to get into the door. Ha ha!!!

Do you ever do that, go shopping, and plan on being gone for an hour or so? When you get home, it has been 3 or 4 hours. Sometimes there are just the funnest things to look at.

 

French Bread

What Ingredients Do I Need For French Bread?

  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil
  • Flour

 

How Do I Make French Bread?

  • In a medium size bowl, add 2 cups water (110-120 degrees), 2 Tablespoons yeast and 3 Tablespoons sugar.
  • When the mixture starts to rise and bubble, place it into a mixer with a dough hook.
  • Add 1/4 cup oil, 3 cups of the flour and 1 Tablespoon salt.
  • Beat on low until smooth.
  • Then add 1-2 cups more flour until the dough becomes smooth and starts to pull away from the bowl.
  • However the dough needs to be just slightly sticky, so just add the amount of flour you need, depending on the place you live and the weather.
  • Divide the dough into 2 pieces.
  • Shape the dough into 2 loaves about 18 inches long.
  • Place the dough onto a cookie sheet that has been greased.
  • Cut about 4 or 5 slits into the top of each loaf of bread.
  • I spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place over the bread.
  • Let the bread rise for 1 1/2-2 hours.
  • Bake in a oven @ 350 degrees, for 20 minutes or until the center of the loaves reach 160 degrees and the bread is golden brown.

 

I love this time of year when the new spring things are out. I love the pastel colors of Easter. They just put a spring into my step. Also, who in the world put Easter and April Fools on the same day?

Don’t they know that we need to celebrate those two holidays on different days. How are you all handling that? Oh well, since they didn’t ask me for my opinion, I will just have to deal with it! Ha ha!

 

 

Tips and Tricks For Homemade French Bread:

  • The most important step in making french bread is making sure that the dough is the right consistency. The key to making this happen, is to knead in the flour a little at a time until the dough becomes soft and just a little sticky.
  • Let the french bread dough rise in a warm spot by the window or on top of the stove.
  • Roll the dough into a loaf and then tuck the ends under and pinch the seams together tightly to create a nice seal.
  • For a more flavorful crust, brush french bread with melted butter right after it comes out of the oven.

 

My loaf shapes are not perfect, but the bread tastes so good, that not one person complained, and the shape of the loaves is something I can continue to work on. I am not perfect at baking or cooking; I am just passionate about it. It truly brings families to the table and allows us to talk.

Slow down my friends, and live; enjoy your friends and family. Try making something new and eating it with family or friends. And if you keep trying, you will get better and better at cooking and baking.

And if you do get a chance to eat with people, try listening to them and not talking so much yourself. You will be surprised how much you learn and how good you will feel to listen to someone else. Have a wonderful day and enjoy your french bread.

 

More Delicious Bread Recipes For You:

Basic White Bread

Cinnamon Burst Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

 

Yield: 2 loaves

French Bread

French Bread

French bread is so easy to make and it comes out perfect every time. Soft, golden french bread is the perfect side for soup or pasta.

Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water (110-120 degrees)
  • 2 Tablespoons yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4-5 cups flour (bread or all-purpose)

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl, add the water, yeast and sugar.
  2. When the mixture starts to rise and bubble place it into a mixer with a dough hook.
  3. Add the oil, 3 cups of the flour and the salt.
  4. Beat on low until smooth.
  5. Then add more flour until the dough becomes sooth and starts to pull away from the bowl.
  6. However the dough needs to be just slightly sticky, so just add the amount of flour you need, depending on the place you live and the weather.
  7. Divide the dough into 2 pieces.
  8. Shape the dough into 2 loaves about 18 inches long.
  9. Place the dough onto a cookie sheet that has been greased.
  10. Cut about 4 or 5 slits into the top of each loaf of bread.
  11. I spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place over the bread.
  12. Let the bread rise for 1 1/2-2 hours.
  13. Bake in a oven @ 350 degrees, for 20 minutes or until the center reaches 160 degrees and the bread is golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Yield

20

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 491Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 321mgCarbohydrates 98gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 13g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix


 

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