03 May 2012

Maren's Soft French Bread

 
Compared to other yeast bread recipes, this soft french bread whips up in half the time.  It takes less than ten minutes to put together, an hour and a half of rising and ten minutes to bake.  Then you've got delicious french bread piping hot from the oven!  Serve with butter and jam, with a hunk of cheese or in a cup of slow cooker french onion soup.  It also makes an excellent pizza crust if you're looking for something homemade.
Here's How:

Mix together and dissolve:
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar

Add:
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Stir/Knead In:
2 to 3 (+/-) cups flour, white or wheat

***Be careful not to add too much flour or your dough will be dry and chunky.  After kneading in the flour, it should be elastic and slightly sticky***
   
Let dough raise for an hour.  Knead dough lightly and shape into a french loaf.  Let it raise for another half hour then score bread gently with a sharp knife.
Brush on melted butter or egg white if desired.  Bake at 400F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve warm and enjoy!

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