How to make French Bread from Scratch
Making French Bread from scratch is one of the best tasting French Bread's you will ever eat! Not only will you be saving money from your local grocery store, but you will be able to make this French bread to your specific liking in taste and and the amount you will be eating.I am going to list a simple and easy recipe through a step by step guide.
These will be the ingredients that you will need:
- yeast - 2 Tbsp.
- Warm water- 2 cups
- bread flour - 5 Cups Total
- Sugar - 2 Tbsp
- salt 2- 2 tsp.
- oil - 2 Tbsp.
- dried parsley- (optional fresh parsley chopped )
- Garlic powder- (optional fresh minced garlic)
- 1 Large Bowl
- Mixing spoon
- measuring cup
- 1 large pan
- wax paper (optional)
- cooking spray (optional)
Step 1 (Mixing your ingredients)
Mix these ingredients
- 3 cups of flour
Sift this well.
Warm water (this water should not be hot or cold, if its too hot, it will not work, and if its too cold this will not rise)
Also Add your:
This is where you can be very creative, adding alot or a little to your liking.
Mix this together with a large spoon.
Let this sit for about 8-10 mins, your dough will be sticky and bubbly, depending on your yeast you may have a slight yeast smell and this will let you know your recipe is working.
Knead dough about 8 to 9 times, adding your remaining flour, which is about 2 cups. Put a Damp cloth over your bowl and let this rise for about 45 minutes. This should double in size.
After your 45 mins is up, dough should be double in size. Now take your dough punch it down and divide into 3 sections.
- At this point you can make a nice braid.
- Or you can also make a twist, dividing into two sections and just twisting the dough.
- or you can just make one large long loaf.
After the dough rises, this will be the time where you will want to sprinkle the top with
- This is optional.
Now the dough is ready to put into your Large pan. You can use a non-sticking spray, or butter. Or you can use wax paper, with sticking spray on it. Cover and let your dough Rise again. This can take about 30 mins to 6 hours, depending on how fast it rises.
After the bread has risen to your desire,
preheat oven to 375 and cook perfectly at 25 mins.
After your French Bread is cooked, Place onto a cooking rack.This will allow the steam from the bottom to release, without making the bread too moist.
Now you can take a little melted butter and pour some on the top.
This will be so good, you will never want to eat store bought French Bread again.Enjoy!!!
I hope you enjoy making such a wonderful homemade french bread from scratch,. It is much healthier and cheaper to make, you can also buy a bread maker for your bread making and time can be faster. Either way it is a very enjoyable experience and anyone is capable of doing it and you will love the taste. For more great recipes and home health remedies please see my other articles and
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