Saturday, February 4, 2012

~crusty french bread~

 There is something so delicious about homemade bread.
I love the way it fills the air with it's yummy smell too.
I made a couple loaves the other day and wanted to share the recipe with you.

Crusty French Bread


Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cold water

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; return to bowl. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loaf 16 in. long x 2-1/2 in. wide with tapered ends. Sprinkle a greased baking sheet with cornmeal; place loaf on baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  4. Beat egg white and cold water; brush over dough. With a sharp knife, make diagonal slashes 2 in. apart across top of loaf. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
xoxo

8 comments:

Miss Hannah B. said...

Mmmm mmmm good!!!

Het lijstje van brocante said...

You are absolutely right, with some butter and salt, delicious!!
This is enjoyment, not to mention a glass of wine to finish it.
With warm regards,
Silvia

Méa said...

Im French and THIS looks like REAL bread !!! :D Well done !

engagement rings said...

Looks great. Cant wait to try this.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Yummy!

raggygirlvintage said...

Yum, I think I can smell it from here! It's a while since I made bread from scratch.
Tracey

Jacqueline said...

Thank you so much for sharing...looks AMAZING!!!

Sarah said...

you're right, nothing like homemade bread! Making this with my kids today before the big game! thanks for sharing :)

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