Monday, February 13, 2017

Soft French Bread

This is a new bread recipe that I made this morning.  It said that it is a soft French loaf but it seems more like Italian bread to me.  Which ever it is, it's terrific.
 Mix 2-1/2 C. water with 1 T. of rapid rise yeast.  Add 2 tsp. of salt and 1/2 C. of sugar.  Mix in 6 cups of all purpose flour.  Add a bit more flour if it's too sticky and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl, cover it and let it rise for 2 hours.

 Cut the dough in half and roll one half out on a floured surface into a rectangular shape. 

 Roll it tightly into a long loaf.  Do the same with the other piece, cover and let rise for 1 hour.

 Bake it in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, just until it starts to brown.

Place them on a rack to cool.
Brush them with butter.
 The bottom should be golden.

 This recipe makes two large loaves.

Wonderful bread. One of the best I've ever baked.