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Easy Peasy French Bread

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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