The other day I made a loaf of French bread. My husband was working outside and came in to eat. I had the bread on the table. He said “Did you go to the store today?” I said no, why. He thought I bought the bread. I told him I made it. Yesterday I made another loaf and took pictures this time. It turns out really good. I will put up the recipe for you too.
Here it is just made into a loaf let it rise. I brushed on some egg and sprinkled on some sesame seeds. I just thought it makes it took pretty. You don’t need them.
Here it is all baked. It is really easy to make.
Here is the recipe:
Old Reliable French Bread (for Kitchen aid mixers)
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/4 cup water warm 100 to 105 degrees
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used bread flour)
Disolve yeast in water and wait to froth, I added a pinch of sugar.
Put flour, salt, butter in the bow. and mix. Then add the yeast water. Mix about 4 minutes. Dough will be sticky. I added a little more water because mine was dry about a tablespoon.
Grease bowl and put dough in bowl turning to coat dough.
Cover let rise in a warm place. I turned on my over so it would warm the top of the stove, then turned off the oven.
After it rose, I punched it down and made a rectangle shape and rolled up the dough tightly from longest side, tapering ends, if needed or wanted. It was a little hard so I just pinched the end and tucked it under. Wet it a little with my fingers to make it seal.
Cut slashed across the top and spray clear cling plastic with oil and cover and let rise for another hour. I beat an egg with a spoon of water and brushed the top of the bread and sprinkled on some toasted sesame seeds. You don’t need to do it, if you don’t like them.
Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. I ended up baking for 36 minutes to make the bread 200F degrees inside. I baked mine on parchment paper so it would not stick.
Cool on a wire rack. It tastes great. You should try it. I love making it.