Homemade French Bread Recipe
1 1/2 T instant yeast
1/2 C very warm water
1 1/2 T sugar
2 C water
1 1/2 T oil
2 1/4 t salt
6 C flour
"Combine the yeast, 1/2 C warm water, and sugar, and let proof for ten minutes. The first attempt Mac and I forgot the sugar in this step VERY important! Then add remaining 2 C water, oil, salt, and 3 C of flour. Mix until flour is incorporated, then add remaining 3 C flour gradually. Knead about five minutes, then turn out onto generously floured surface. Every ten minutes for the next hour knead two or three times. Then form into 4 loaves".
Brush egg white (we used our organic, home laid eggs) mixed with a wee bit of water, on the bread.
Helpful tip: Get it all covered –
anything not covered with the egg mixture will end up pale & sickly.
This is where my recipe takes a different turn from the original one. I baked our loaves at 365 for about 30-45 minutes. I kept taking them out to brush more egg white on them and really get the golden brown effect. This way your bread is crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
This also allows the bread to warm up with out getting burned.
Just look at how these turned out.
Mac and I really patted ourselves on the back after making these.
The whole house smelled lovely.
We didn't account for having 4 loaves, so we gave one away to our friend Cindy
and froze two of them.
Cindy enjoyed them with some garlic butter!
Try this recipe you will not be disappointed!
(original recipe found here)