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easy french bread

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Lucille Hoerle
Summit, NY

This recipe is so easy to make and even novice bread bakers will find this recipe easy to make and it will come out great too. I made this tonight to go with meatball bayonnaise with spicy tomato and pepper sauce sandwiches. That recipe will follow. I love sharing good recipes.

★★★★★ 1
serves 6-8
prep time 25 Min
cook time 25 Min

Ingredients For easy french bread

  • 4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    dry active yeast
  • 1-2 tsp
  • 2 c
    warm water
  • oil for bowl

How To Make easy french bread

  • 1
    1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and the salt. 2. In another bowl, combine yeast, warm water, and half of the flour/salt mixture. Using your hands, mix until it forms a dough. If you own a mixer with a dough hook, mix and knead the dough with that instead. Then, cover with a dish cloth and let sit at room temperature for 3 hours. It should triple in size. 3. Gently incorporate the rest of the flour/salt, using your hands or dough hook. 4. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. It should be supple and elastic when you stop kneading. 5. Lightly oil a bowl. Place dough in bowl. Cover with a dish towel. Let sit for 1 hour. It should double in size. 6. Preheat oven to 450°F. Knead again. Then cut dough into 3 parts and form each part into a long baguette. Place on a baking sheet. Let sit for at least 20 minutes. 7. Place a bowl of water in the oven. Bake baguettes for about 25 minutes (maybe less). Remove the bowl of water after 15 minutes of baking.
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    *I added a cup of King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour in place of one of the cups of white flour and it was delicious and a bit better for you. You can also experiment with more ww flour in place of the white according to your taste.