All Year – French Bread

Hello baking friends! Coming fresh from the Hingham kitchen, you have… French bread! This bread is perfectly paired with butter, cheese, and everything in between! You can grill the bread and put butter on it for dinner, or just PB & J for a yummy sandwich! I made this bread today because recently my dad has been asking me to try making bread more. We have a bread machine, but sometimes it’s just easier to go basic. So, I give you easy French bread!

This bread is just so yummy! You really can do anything with it! Although this bread does take quite a while, it is fairly simple. It’s perfect on a warm summer’s night or a chilly winter morning. Yum!

Overall, this bread was a success! My dad loved it, and he even put some garlic and butter on it to make garlic bread! So Good!

~Eleanor

This is a variation of Chew Out Loud’s Crusty French Bread Recipe made by Eleanor in the Hingham Kitchen!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packets dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of warm water*
  • 1 egg white beaten with 1 TB water

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Hand whisk until well combined. Stir in the warm water gradually, until dough forms. The dough should resemble a smooth texture, but not be too sticky. Add flour or water until it resembles this teaspoon, roughly 1 TB at a time.
  2. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Roll dough into a  ball, and place in a lightly oiled bowl.* Cover bowl with saran wrap and place in a warm, draft-free place* for about 30-60. The dough should be doubled in size by now.
  3. Take the dough out of the bowl and place back onto the lightly floured surface. Pound the dough down and divide in half. Let them sit for 10 minutes, covered.
  4. Roll out dough into the shape of your desire (I made one long loaf, and one round-ish rectangle). Roll your shape lengthwise, and moisten the edges with water. Make sure the edges are sealed.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a silicone baking mat. Place loaves seam side down on the sheet. If they look sticky, little sprinkle them with flour. Cut diagonal slits so you can allow for the steam to rise in the oven. Brush loaves with the egg/water mixture.
  6. Lightly lay saran wrap over the loaves and place back in a warm, draft-free place for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and place a large pan of water below the bread.*
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush the loaves with the egg/water mixture again, and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the bread looks done.

Ta-Da! You have completed delicious French bread!

*1. Oil the bowl with vegetable oil, olive oil, or melted coconut oil.

*2. Places include: oven turned off, microwave, and above the refrigerator.

*3. A pan of water below the bread will give the bread a golden crispy crust with a soft inside.

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