FRENCH BREAD (BONNIE'S)
6cups of bread flour
2tablespoons active dry yeast from jar
2tablespoons butter melted
2 1/2cups warm water 120 degrees
·**please, make no substitutions to ensure your success!
How to Make FRENCH BREAD (BONNIE'S)
- COOK'S TIP:
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.
- COMBINE 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 BREAD RISE:
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 THE BREAD:
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!