Sunday, July 30, 2023

Simple French Bread


  • 2.5 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 6 Cups Flour

Step 1:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine water, sugar, and yeast. 
  • Let stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in salt, oil, and 3 cups of flour. Stir vigorously. 
  • Add remaining 3 cups of flour slowly as needed and mix well. 
  • Let rest in bowl 5 minutes. 
  • Stir down. 
  • Repeat process 2 more times. 
Step 2:
  • Place dough onto a floured board. 
  • Knead only enough to coat dough with flour so it can be handled. 
  • Divide into half or thirds.
  • Flatten out into rectangle, roll up from long side. 
  • Moisten seam with small amount of water and pinch of salt.
Step 3:
  • Arrange loaves lengthwise on a large, well-greased or parchment covered cookie sheet. 
  • Place seam side down. 
  • Spray top with cooking spray and let rise about 20-25 minutes.
Step 4:
  • Use a very sharp knife to gently make 3 diagonal gashes in the top of each loaf (do not deflate the bread).
  • Then put into oven.
Optional Step 4A: 
  • Place the baking sheet in the hot oven.
  • Immediately toss 3-4 ice cubes on the bottom of the oven (this gives a delicious, classic, French bread crispness to the crust). 
  • Close the oven door quickly but don't deflate the bread!
Step 5:
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
  • After removing from the oven, butter tops of bread.
  • Cool on racks and cover with a towel (this keeps the crust soft).
  • Serve warm.