Monday, January 24, 2011

Easy Homemade French Bread

If you love some warm bread with your dinner then this is the recipe for you. If you own a stand mixer (like a Kitchen Aide) then this recipe is most definitely for you!! It goes really fast and you are left with two yummy yummy loaves to enjoy.

2 1/2 C. warm water
3 T. sugar
2 T. yeast (I use the instant kind)
1 T. salt
5 T. oil
6 C. flour

If you aren't using instant yeast then add it to the warm water and 1/2 of the sugar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts to grow and then add it to the other ingredients. If you use instant yeast then you can just thrown it all in the bowl at the same time. After you have it mixed well (either with the mixer or by hand) let it rest for 10 minutes. Stir it a bit and let it rest again. Do this 5 times all together with 10 minutes in between each time. When you are done divide it in half and roll each half out in a flat rectangle. Don't forget to lightly flour your counter first!Roll them each up starting with the longer side. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.

Cut 3 slits in the top of each and brush with egg white. This will help it to brown up all nice and gorgeous! Let them raise for 30 minutes. Place in a pre-heated over at 400 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes and you are done. Ready for heaven??

So I am sorry that they don't look as pretty as they could but believe me you are NOT going to care. Oh. My. It is just that good. Give it a try the next time you make yummy soup for dinner. And if you have never made bread and are a little tiny bit scared....Don't be. This is a great way to start out your bread making career. Go on!

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