Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crispy French Bread.

This recipe comes from one of my dearest friends, Cindy.  Years ago, when I began experimenting with bread, she passed along this recipe and it is what really helped me learn the in's and out's of bread making.  It is a simple, yet delicious recipe that I never tire of.  It is perfect to serve with anything from pasta to soup, and is always a crowd pleaser.  Thanks so much, Cindy!!

Crispy French Bread
{recipe from Cindy P.}

3 cups warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp yeast
3 tsp salt
7- 8 1/2 cups flour *

Mix water, sugar, butter, yeast and salt.  When yeast bubbles, add 3 of 7 cups of flour.  Mix well.  Add 2 more cups of flour and mix well.  Add final amount of flour and mix well until all flour is cleaned from the sides of the bowl.  Knead for 7-10 minutes.  Set in greased bowl under a towel for 1 hour.

Cut into 2 pieces and roll each into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick and roll up lengthwise.  Place loaves onto greased cookie sheet and let rise in a warm place for 15-20 minutes.  Bake 25-30 minutes @ 375 degrees.  Throw 2 ice cubes in the bottom of the oven for the last 10 minutes of baking time.

::  kitchen notes  ::
* start with 7 cups of flour and add 1/2 cup additional flour at a time until dough is no longer sticky and all pulled from sides of bowl

this bread makes excellent french toast!


charith said...

Looks divine. Especially as French Toast. I'll have to give it a go.

Amy said...


hatch said...

I made this on Sunday for Dylan's family birthday party, and I was thinking we would have leftovers for french toast.... but no such luck. Someday I will have to try it.

Amy J said...

So I have a recipe I have always used for French Bread, but I tried yours anyway. And Andy says that it's better. He loved how soft it was, so now-- I have a new Go-To recipe. Thanks Tiffani!