Saturday, July 10, 2010

French Bread

 I found this great french bread recipe and had to try it . I wanted to try out the new pans I purchased turned out great. I brushed it with butter because I was feeding smaller children and wanted a softer crust. This recipe would be great for homemade french bread pizza and french toast.
Grandma’s French Bread
from The Sister’s Cafe
(Printable Version) 
2 ¼ c. warm water
2 T. sugar
2 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
5 ½ -6 cups flour-stirred before measured
Dissolve sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let this proof—or sit for a few minutes until it bubbles. Then add salt, oil and 3 cups of flour and beat well. Add in 2 1/2 -3 more cups of flour. The dough should clean off the sides of the bowl and not be too stick – but be careful not to add too much flour. Knead for a few minutes.
Leave the dough in the mixer to rest for 10 minutes and then stir it down (turn on your mixer for 10 seconds) and then allow to rest another 10 minutes. Repeat for a total of 5 times. Then turn dough onto a floured surface and divide into two equal parts. Roll each part into a 9×13 rectangle. Roll dough up, starting from long edge of loaf to seal. Arrange seam side down on large baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with corn meal, allowing room for both loaves. Repeat with second part of dough. With a sharp knife, cut 3 gashes at an angle on the top of each. Cover lightly; allow to rise 30 minutes. Brush entire surface with egg wash (one egg beaten slightly with 1 Tbsp of water). If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.


sandollar1970 said...

Is 2 T. the correct amount of Yeast? Seems like such a small amount for 5.5 to 6 C. Flour?.
Thanks for any feedback.

anissa ferguson said...

Marty 2T is the correct amount if you want fluffy french bread 1 TBL works if you want more of a sandwich style. Thanks for asking i updated the recipe. The original source has changed the amount as well.Thanks

sandollar1970 said...

Thank you for the reply. I actually went ahead and made it according to the exact recipe and it was wonderful! Perfect!
I had recently made some homemade apple butter so it was a great pair!
Thanks again,