How to Make Homemade French Bread

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Simple and delicious French bread, fresh from your oven.

Homemade French Bread from A Good Life Farm

This recipe for French bread can’t get much easier. It only takes 4 ingredients plus some oil to brush on for baking.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, you start with 3 1/2 cups bread flour, a teaspoon of salt,

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and 2 1/2 teaspoons of instant yeast. Give those a quick stir.

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Pour in 1 1/4 cup luke warm water.

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Turn on your mixer and mix with the dough hook attachment. Let it run for 14 minutes, then turn it off. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rise for 20 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and form two long loaves. Place them on a greased stone, baking sheet or french loaf pan.

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Now, I can’t say enough about this French Bread Pan. If you have a kitchen supply nearby, and you have any intention of regularly baking long breads like this, it is a must have. I ordered mine online for a very good price. They are not expensive, but are priceless for making French bread. They sell a “triple” pan for baguettes too.

If you don’t have one, just use a baking sheet.

Let the bread loaves rise in a warm location, covered with a towel, for about an hour until doubled in size.

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Looking like bread!

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Gently brush the loaves with a little extra virgin olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven (450 degrees) for 16-18 minutes or until they are golden.

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Homemade French Bread from A Good Life Farm

Homemade French Bread from A Good Life Farm

Homemade French Bread from A Good Life Farm

Yield: 2 loaves

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Simple and delicious French Bread, fresh from your oven.

Prep Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 53 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups white bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/4 c warm water
  • 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil for brushing

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients and give them a quick stir. Pour in the warm water, and mix with a dough hook. Let it run for 14 minutes, then turn it off. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rise for 20 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and form two long loaves. Place them on a greased stone, baking sheet or french loaf pan. Cover with a light cloth and allow to rise until double, about an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Just before baking, lightly brush bread with the oil.
  4. Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool the loaves on a rack.
    Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

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Serving Size:

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.

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