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easy french bread

Classic French Bread Recipe

Here is an easy French Bread Recipe you can make today! There is nothing better for dinner than this crusty homemade bread with all natural ingredients baked at home!

Author Vicki

Instructions

  1. Turn oven to 200º
  2. Add warm water, sugar, and yeast to glass measuring cup or bowl. Stir
  3. gently to combine and set aside until the yeast blooms (or proofs).
  4. Add 2 cups flour and salt to stand mixer with dough hook or large bowl to
  5. mix by hand.
  6. Slowly add bloomed water and yeast mixture until combined.
  7. Add remaining 1 cup flour and mix thoroughly.
  8. Lightly flour cutting board or counter and knead dough until smooth and
  9. elastic, approximately 5 minutes.
  10. Turn off oven, keep door closed.
  11. Grease an oven proof bowl, add dough and cover with a damp kitchen towel
  12. or foil. *Tip: I use foil, especially if the bowl is shallow as the dough can
  13. stick to the towel.
  14. Let rise until doubled, 1 ½ – 2 hours.
  15. Knead dough 1 minute. Cover 15 minutes.
  16. With a rolling pin, roll dough into a rectangular shape, approximately 15” x
  17. 10” and then starting at one long end, roll tightly.
  18. Roll back and forth gently as the ends taper.
  19. Place on greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
  20. With a sharp knife, create ¼” deep small cuts every 2”.
  21. Brush top of loaf with cold water.
  22. Let rise uncovered 1 ½ hours or until double.
  23. Turn oven to 350º.
  24. Brush loaf with additional cold water and bake for 20 minutes.
  25. Brush loaf with mixture of 2 tbsp water and egg white and bake 25 minutes
  26. or until bread is golden brown. *Bread is done when you can knock on it
  27. and hear a hollow sound.