French Bread (easy recipe)

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Total Time:
4 hours
Serves:6
Rated 3.5 based on 100 votes
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Nutrition facts:240 calories,9 grams fat
Course: Bread Recipe
Cuisine: French Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 tsp - active Dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup - warm water
  • 1/2 tsp - Sugar (this feeds the Yeast and helps it grow faster)
  • 3.5 cups - bread flour (can use all-purpose)
  • 1 cup - water
  • 1.50 tsp - salt

How to Make French Bread (easy recipe)

  • Mix the yeast, sugar and the water in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer and let stand five minutes until the yeast flowers or begins to froth.
  • Add to the bowl, bread flour, water and salt. Mix well and then knead by hand or on low speed five minutes until you have a slightly sticky dough.
  • Place in an oiled bowl, turn once to coat, and let it rise, covered, at room temperature 2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into two. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle a little flour to make it easier to work with.
  • Using the palms of your hand, roll each half into a long rope, about 10-12 inches in length.
  • Lightly grease a large baking sheet and scatter 1-2 tsp of cornmeal on it (to keep the bread from sticking)
  • Place the two ropes side by side, with at least 5 inches between them, on the sheet.
  • Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature for 1.5 hours.
  • Sprinkle some flour on the top of the loaves (this is decorative and therefore optional). With a very sharp blade, make 4-5 diagonal gashes along the length of each loaf.
  • About half an hour before the loaves are fully risen, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place a baking stone (or unglazed ceramic tiles) on a rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Just before you place the bread in the pan, spray the inside of the oven with water.
  • Place the baking sheet on the baking stone or tiles. Close the oven. Spray the sides of the oven again with water five minutes later. (The water ensures a crusty loaf)
  • Bake for a total of 25 minutes or until the loaves are golden-brown.
  • Cool on a rack before cutting.
  • Recipe courtesy: Holy Cow Vegan