Thursday, August 7, 2014

Super Easy French Bread

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I do not know about you, but Rob and I loves a warm..homemade bread. I used to be intimidated by the thought of making my own bread.  Ive dealt with " failed " bread..yep..been there...Bread that didn't rose...bread that is as hard as a rock..bread that is flat as a squished pillow.  When I see a recipe that calls for anything yeast on it.. my initial thought would be.. " ha..that is not happening ".  Just like anything else, practice makes it perfect :) I faced that "yeast fear" ( wondering now if that term even exist) and I am proud to say ( drum roll here) I can make a bread.  I promise you this is a very easy way to make a French Bread.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour, more for kneading
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water ( 120 F )



Directions:

Using your mixer , combine the  2 cups flour , salt, sugar and yeast.
Add water and beat for 3 minutes. Add in 1/4 cup of flour or enough flour to make it kneadable and soft.
Place your dough in a floured surface and knead for about 3-5 minutes until smooth. It should also be elastic.



Place your kneaded dough into the bowl, cover  ( I used a tea towel)  and let it rise for 45 minutes.


After 45 minutes, punch dough down. Using a rolling pin.. roll your dough into a long rectangular shape.


Starting at the long end, roll it up ( like a jelly roll).


Put the rolled dough into a greased cookie sheet  parchment lined cookie sheet ( seam side down) , cover with a wet towel and let it rise again for about half an hour. Your dough may take longer o rise if your house is cold.


( my dough looked like this after the second rising)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make 3 or 4 diagonal slit/slash on top of your dough ( use a sharp knife)

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it is golden brown. Let it cool.

Serve it with stews or warm soup, or pasta dishes. Make a garlic bread or much better..just butter it up! It is awesome by itself.




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5 comments:

  1. Hi!
    This bread looks so yummy! My hubby and I like to make cheese, and are left with a ton of whey, which I have been trying to make bread with. Whenever I try, my bread always seems to spread out during the second rise. I will have to try this! Also, I have been trying to start a weekly link party (What's Cooking Wednesday) to link up any type of recipe. I would love for you to join! This week's party is still open, hope to see you there. :)
    http://sundaesandspaghetti.blogspot.com/2014/08/whats-cooking-wednesday-3.html

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    1. Hi Danielle.. I would love to! thank you for the invite and yes..I would love to join the party. See you soon!

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  2. Thanks for this great step-by-step tutorial!

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    1. Hi Sarah!! Thank you very much for visiting and you are welcome. Have great day!

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  3. This looks so good! Great job! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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