French Bread Recipe
I love making my own bread. Not only does it taste a lot better, but it is a lot cheaper as well. Plus, I know what is in it, and where it has been!
Jamie asked for bread recipes and tips, since making her first loaf. Which reminded me of my all time favorite white bread recipe. It is actually for french bread, but I’ve always baked it the same as white bread. It was also originally a bread machine recipe, but I’ve adapted it to use my beloved Kitchenaid instead.
- 1c plus 2 Tbsp. water
- 2 tsp butter, softened
- 3 1/4 c flour
- 1Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 pkg yeast (or if you are using bulk 2 3/4 tsps)
- In your Kitchenaid bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water.
- Add the butter, sugar and salt and let sit for a few minutes, until the mixture is foamy.
- Add in the flour and mix/knead for about 5 minutes using your dough hook.
- Cover, and let rise until double.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place into a greased bread pan or shape into little baguettes.
- Cover and let rise until double again.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 -60 minutes.
- For extra crusty crust, add a pan of hot water on the bottom rack of your oven when you turn it on to preheat. This will warm the water and create a steaming effect that crisps up the crust.
- After removing the bread from the oven you can rub with butter and sprinkle on any desired seasonings or cheeses.
Depending on your cost of yeast, you are looking at roughly .60 to .75 a loaf. I either use yeast I have gotten for free (after coupons) or a bulk yeast. The bulk yeast is literally pennies when broken down into teaspoons.