Easy Peasy French Bread

French Bread

Enjoy the taste of delicious homemade French bread with this quick and easy to make bread recipes. They are best eaten warm, fresh from the oven. It is a perfect side-dish for any meal.


Ingredients

• ¼ cup warm water 105-115 degrees
• 1 tsp sugar
• 1 package of dry active yeast
• 3 1/2 -4 Cup of all-purpose flour
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of warm water
• 1 egg white and 1 tbsp of water

Preparation


• Mix together ¼ cup of water, yeast and 1 tsp sugar into a bowl
• Allow this to stand until the yeast turns bubbly
• Add to this 1 tbsp of sugar, salt and water
• Mix this well and add flour to this
• Mix well and knead for 5 minutes until the dough turns smooth
• Allow this to rise until the dough reaches double the size (this will take 15-20 minutes)
• On a powdered surface rollout the dough with a rolling pin
• Roll dough up in jelly roll style and turn the ends under and place the seam down on a greased cookie sheet. Cut three diagonal slits into each loaf of ¼ inch deep
• Mix together egg white and 1 tbsp of water and gently brush on the loaves • Preheat the oven for 300 degrees F
• Boil a pan of water and put it into a shallow dish
• Turn off the oven
• Place the pan of water on lower rack and the bread on top of the shelf above the water
• Allow the dough to rise. This will take about 20 minutes to reach the double size
• Remove the pan of water
• Leave the bread in the oven and turn the oven to 425 degrees and bake the bread for 10 minutes
• After 10 minutes reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 6-8 minutes longer or until the bread turns golden brown
• Serve warm

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