I love bread! But who doesn't?
My friend SnoWhite, over at Joy in my Kitchen has a wonderful french bread recipe that I make a bunch. It's easy and delicious and everywhere I take it gets rave reviews! She has a wheat version coming soon and I can't wait to try it!
No more talking and more writing on the bread recipe! So here it is...
French Bread (for the bread machine)-from SnoWhite
Makes 1 1/2 lb loaf (enough for a family of 4)
1 cup + 1 Tbsp warm water (about 80 degrees F)
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp active dry yeast OR 1 1/2 tsp bread machine/fast rise yeast
Depending on the order ingredients go into your bread machine... place ingredients in the machine. I combined mine the following way:
1. Place warm water in the bread maker
2. Butter, cut into chunks
4. 3 cups bread flour
Then set the bread machine on the dough setting and allow dough to knead. My setting takes about an hour and a half.
After dough cycle ends, remove dough and place on floured surface. Cover and allow dough to sit for 15 minutes.
Knead dough just a bit and shape into a loaf.
Cover, and let dough rise for 30 minutes. Rising a bit longer won't hurt it.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet and bake for 15-25 minutes or until slightly browned on top. Mine usually takes 20-22 minutes.
Let cool a bit before cutting into. And enjoy!