December 23, 2015

Easy Homemade French Bread

Oops, this is the bread Jani made. Yum yum yum! Recipe here.

2½ cups very warm water
2 tbsp dry active yeast
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp butter
1 egg

In a large bowl, mix together water, yeast, and sugar until the yeast is completely dissolved. Add in salt, oil, and flour. Stir with a large wooden spoon or mixer until it becomes too difficult, then knead for two minutes on a floured surface.
Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let it raise until it doubles in size.
Dump dough out onto a floured surface. Cut in half and shape into a loaf shape. If you want to get fancy and make your bread look the way that it does in the picture, use a sharp knife and slice about ⅓ of the way down into the bread, opening up little cracks about 2" apart. The cracks will separate more as they rise and bake.
Place dough loaves on a greased cookie sheet and let rise again until doubled (about 25-30 minutes).
Whisk the egg and brush it onto the  bread just before baking.
Bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove bread from oven and rub butter on top.
Makes two loaves of french bread.

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