French Bread Ingredients: Difficulty level: Easy Yield: 2 loaves Ingredients:
- 2 1⁄2 Cups of warm water
- 1 Tbsp. of rapid rising dry yeast
- 1⁄2 Cup of sugar
- 2 tsp. of salt
- About 6 Cups of all purpose flour(I replace one cup with wheat flour)
- 1. First use a wooden spoon to mix the warm water(about 104F) , yeast, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, until nearly dissolved.
- 2. Mix in the salt and then 5 of the 6 cups of flour. If the dough is still sticky, add the remaining cup of flour. If it is still too sticky, add another 1⁄2 cup of flour
- 3. Mix until it forms a ball, lightly flour your large mixing bowl, and then carefully drop the dough back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth or plastic wrap
- 4. Let the dough ball rise in the bowl until it doubles in size (1-2 hours, depending on your room’s temperature & humidity)
- 5. Divide the risen dough in half. Roll out each ball into a large rectangle (the length of your baking sheet)
- 6. Starting at a long edge, roll each rectangle, until your dough is shaped like a jelly roll
- 7. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, or optionally use parchment paper. Place both loaves on the baking sheet, with spacing on each side. Be sure to place the loaves seam side down, and tuck the end under itself.
- 8. Cover and let rise until the loaves become as large as you prefer. Usually 1-2 hours.
- 9. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, until it just starts to turn golden. Depending on where you live & what oven you have, the bread can be a little doughy at 20 minutes, so if it is, just put it back in the oven for another 2 minutes
- 10. Immediately rub the top of the bread with butter, to give it a shine & a yummy taste.
- A. If weather is too cold, you can turn on the oven light and put the bowl with the dough inside the oven cover with cloth and let it rise.
- B. Perfect to serve toasted with butter & garlic!