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



P.S.
this bread makes excellent french toast!






4 comments:

charith said...

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

Amy said...

yum!

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!