Thursday, December 27, 2012

Amazing French Bread

I am NOT a baker, I do not love to cook.  I do it because my family needs to eat.  But when I find an amazing recipe, I just have to share it with you.  Being out in the middle of nowhere, I’m going to have to do more baking, because you just can’t get to the store or the store doesn’t have it.  I have an awesome spinach dip recipe and it tastes great with French bread.  The problem, the grocery store that is 45 minutes away from us doesn’t have good French bread.  Luckily the women out here are amazing cooks and my friend had this super yummy and easy recipe for French bread. 

If you don’t usually make bread (this was my first EVER), here are a few tips you should know before you try it.  Hot water kills the yeast (yup did that on the first batch).  The recipes calls for warm water, so in my mind putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds wouldn’t hurt.  I was wrong.  Go with luke warm water.  And put the sugar in before the salt.
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This is how you make it:
1/2 cup warm water (not hot)
2 Tbsp of yeast
Mix these two things together and let yeast dissolve in water for 10 minutes.  While you wait add these ingredients into a large bowl:
5 Tbsp oil
2 cups warm water
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
3 cups flour
Mix the ingredients with a large spoon. 
Add yeast mixture and stir
Add another 3 cups of flours into mixture and stir.
Place dough on floured surface and then knead with your hands for 10 minutes, until the dough isn’t sticky anymore.  Add more flour if it’s too sticky.
Divide the dough in half and roll into rectangles (or as close to rectangle as you can), about 9x12 inches.
Roll the dough onto itself (like as if you are rolling a cinnamon roll) starting at the long edges (so the width of the roll is about 9”). 
Grease a cookie sheet and then put the seam of the dough down, facing the sheet.  Then with a little water, close the ends with your fingers.
Cut three diagonal slits on the top using a knife.
Let raise for 30 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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This is seriously the most delicious French bread that I ever tasted!  I’m going to be making this recipe over and over again.

I would love it if you followed along.
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Michelle said...

Do you refrigerate or freeze your yeast? I am worried that warm water wont be warm enough if my yeast is frozen.

The Call Family said...

That looks Delicious! Thank you for sharing!!!

Kaysi said...

We keep our yeast in the freezer and it did just fine with the warm water

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