FRENCH BREAD (BONNIE'S)
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- cups of bread flour
- tablespoons active dry yeast from jar
- tablespoons sugar
- tablespoons butter melted
- 2 1/2
- cups warm water 120 degrees
- teaspoons salt
- **please, make no substitutions to ensure your success!
If your mixing bowl is cold, rinse it out with hot water and dry it before using so it won't cool off your ingredients.
In the mixing bowl, add the water, make sure it is at least 120 degrees. (use a thermometer) Add the sugar, the yeast and whisk until well blended. Let set about 5 minutes. Then add the melted butter, 3 cups of the flour, and the salt and mix. (I use a Kitchen Aid Mixer, but it can be done by hand.) Add just enough flour from the remaining 3 cups until the dough cleans the bowl. Knead with dough hook for 8 minutes.
Let the dough rest on the counter covered for 15 minutes. Then shape into two long loaves. Place on a greased cookie sheet and place in a warm place to rise for about 30 to 40 minutes. I place mine in the oven with the light on.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes until light golden brown. Time will depend on your oven and altitude. When the loaves are done, remove from oven to a wire rack to cool. Butter the tops with butter to keep them soft. Enjoy!