Easy Crusty French Bread

Cari Butler

By
@butlermama

I had no idea how easy good french bread is to make. The key is having a good standing mixer.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
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Serves:
French Bread
Prep:
1 Hr 30 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1 pkg
active dry yeast
1 c
warm water (hot from tap)
1 tsp
salt
3 1/2 c
flour
1 tsp
vinegar
2 tsp
sugar (seperate)

Step-By-Step

1proof the yeast by adding 1/4 cup water with 1 pkg of yeast and 1 tsp of sugar
2In stand up mixer add, 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, and salt.
3Using paddle attachment stir till mixed.
4Add yeast (yeast should have a layer of foam to ensure that it's active)
5Mix in mixer with paddle attachment for 5 -7 minutes. Gradually add more flour until consistency resembles something like slime, or flarp... It will be wet, but if you stop the mixer and lift the attachment the dough should pull off of it fairly easily.
6pour dough into a greased bowl and set to rise in a warm area till doubled
7Preheat oven to 350 * Turn dough out on floured surface and add a little more flour if necessary. Shape into baguettes and place on a baking sheet. Score the tops with a sharp knife.
8Mix together 1 tsp of water with 1 tsp of vinegar and brush over top of dough. Bake for 10 minutes and brush again with the water/vinegar mixture. Continue baking until tops are golden and bread sounds hollow when you tap or thump it. Take out and Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: French