Ready in 45 minutes
Fresh bread is simple to make -- you just need to plan a good 4 hours before you need it!
"Very good, basic bread recipe. I made it with my two young sons on a rainy day and we had fun. Used unbleached flour. I also heard a tip to place an edged cookie sheet into the oven when preheating, on which I tossed half a dozen ice cubes (for steam) just as the bread was set in the oven. And I kept the oven door closed the entire time. The steam gave the bread a nice crust, shown in photo. Very good served warm with a salad and/or soup."- stevemur
Top-ranked recipe named "Basic French Bread"
In a large bowl dissolve yeast in the water, add the sugar and let sit 5 min until it starts to foam. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir into a shaggy mass. Scrape onto a lightly floured board or stone, and kneed 8 to 10 min., adding more flour as needed to get a smooth, elastic dough. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic. Let it sit at room temperature to double, 45 min to 1 hr. Punch, re-shape and rise again to double, 30 to 45 min.
To bake: 400 degrees, 30 to 40 min. The bread should be deeply golden, and sound hollow by tapping on the bottom.
scothart 2 months agoThe bread turned out very good tasting, however I found the texture more like faccoca bread. It toasts up wonderfully!
Damondirksen 1 year agoAlthough the recipe tastes good, I have made this twice and the bread failed to rise well either time.
Pwray9 1 year agoI forgot to mention that I shaped the bread into a boule like my picture shows..no need for a loaf pan
donnaches 1 year agoI have always had trouble making bread. That is now a thing of the past! This recipe is wonderful and makes great bread. My husband wants a fresh loaf every three days!
Shajorowe 1 year agoEasy peasy and it rocks! Egg wash to crisp the crust and fresh butter, ahhh!
Khue 2 years agoIt is relay good if you put butter on it
R_Anthony 3 years agoI use this recipe with my sons, and they love it. One of my secrets is to use place a mixing bowl of water in the bottom of the oven for some steam. I use my baguette pans for some pretend 'authenticity'.
Lunagal 3 years agoSuper easy bread. I added finely chopped rosemary from the garden which made it very fragrant and great with the lunch I was serving. Next experiment is with sun dried tomatoes!
StCloudDad 4 years agoVery good, easy recipe. I used half unbleached white and half whole wheat. Good tip about tossing ice or water in oven at start. Makes a crustier crust. It is importannt to slash top so as to allow dough yo expand w/o collapsing.
deeder5 6 years agoslashed 3 cuts in top with baker's lame. Great bread and crust