Bread Machine French Bread
This is an easy, crusty, French Bread recipe for your bread machine. It makes a 2 lb. loaf. For diabetics 1 slice/serving is 2 carbs or equal to 2 slices of bread. You can get the bread slicing guide at Wal-Mart for about $10."OMG! This bread is GREAT! I used a Betty Crocker bread machine bread recipe and it was incredibly dry so I looked on-line again and found this one. I just got done cutting it and trying a nice warm piece and want to keep eating more! I personally like a soft crust so I brushed melted butter on the top of the loaves when they came out of the oven. It is so soft, warm and flavorful... Absolutely THE BEST I've ever made, and I've made a lot of bread from scratch, the old fashioned way. I did bake the bread in my own oven, rather than using the machine if that's helpful to anyone." - 2skittles4u
Yield: 14 Ready in 45 minutes
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Bread Machine French Bread Preparation
Place the warm water into your bread pan. Be sure the kneading paddle is in place. Then add the olive oil, the salt, and the sugar, in this order. Add the flour, covering the liguid. Make a small indentation on top of the center of the flour, but not deep enough to reach the liquid. Add the yeast to this indentation. (Adding the ingredients in this order is important, especially when using the timer. It keeps the yeast away from the liquid ingredients until it is time to knead them together. Liquid ingredients will prematurely activate the yeast.) Now you are ready to set your bread pan in the machine and set the timer or choose the French Bread Cycle. This recipe makes a 2lb loaf.
Who says you can't make decent bread in a bread machine? This is probably my favorite French Bread recipe for the bread machine. Nice and crusty. Fabulous slathered with softened or whipped butter. Let it stand 10 minutes before you slice it with a sharp bread knife.
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