Monday, January 10, 2011

French Bread

This french bread recipe comes from a friend here in Chicago, and we have been fortunate enough to enjoy it on many occasions. This was my first attempt at making the bread, and although delicious... I have a long way to go in making it look more like french bread. But it wasn't too shabby for my first attempt!

{we used this french bread to dip in our cheese fondue on Christmas night. Delicious!!}

French Bread
{makes 3 loaves}

2 Cups Hot Water
2 TBSP Butter
2 Heaping TBSP Sugar
3 tsp. Salt

2 TBSP Yeast in
1 Cup Warm Water

When yeast mixture starts to bubble and get big, add to butter/sugar mixture.

4 Cups Flour and mix

another 4-5 Cups Flour and mix

Let rise in bowl for about 1 hour, covered. Punch down and divide into 3 balls. Shape into loaves and place on greased cookie sheets. Make small slits with a knife, and let raise 1 more hour, covered. Bake @ 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

**As a totally random side note: I saw a commercial once for Panera Bread where they told you to spray the inside of your oven and the top of your loaf with water {just from a cheap spray bottle} before you put it in the oven. They said it would create a perfectly browned crust that has just the right crisp consistency. I have no idea if I got the outcome they were talking about, but I tried it and the bread was pretty darn beautiful!


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  2. Looks pretty french to me. But if it had a mustache on it, I would be darn sure it was.

  3. this looks delicious. Came out looking professional on your first attempt!

  4. We had a little accident and let te bread rise 3 times. I still thought it was delicious. Thanks.

  5. Planning on trying this one tonight. My boys love french bread!