|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 loaves (20 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
French bread is a favorite dinner bread. Its famous crust is made by baking the loaves at 400 F for the first 5 minutes and then misting the loaves with water. The oven temperature is then dropped to 350 F and the bread bakes for another 25 minutes. The result is a bread everyone will love.
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Stir until dissolved.
Mix in flour, a little at a time, until a soft dough is formed.
Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead it for about 8 minutes.
Put dough in greased bowl and flip dough over so that the dough top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise in warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until double in size.
Punch down dough.
Give the dough a quick 2-minute knead.
Divide dough into 2 equal halves. Shape each half into a long loaf.
Place loaves onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Make about 5 diagonal slits, 3/4-inch deep, into the top of each loaf.
Cover loaves and let rise for 45 minutes or until double in size.
Optional: Brush loaves with egg white for a shiny crust, and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.
Bake at 400 F for 5 minutes.
Remove loaves from oven and use a mister to spray the tops of loaves with cold water.
Turn oven down to 350 F and bake loaves for another 25 minutes or until done.
Remove loaves from baking sheet and let cool on a rack.
Serve and enjoy!
- Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.
- Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.
- Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.
- Add a cup of raisins or dried cranberries to the bread dough for extra sweetness.
- Brush loaves with milk instead of egg whites before baking to produce a darker crust.