Homemade French Bread Recipe

This French Bread recipe takes just 1 Hour from start to finish. It makes 2 large loaves that serve 8 people.

Information : Course: Bread, Side Dish, Cuisine: American, French, , Servings for : 16 people, Calories: 188kcal, Author: Easy Budget Recipes Original! (https://easybudgetrecipes.com/1-hour-french-bread/)

Equipment

  • stand mixer
  • standard-size baking sheet
  • parchment paper or silicone baking mat

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water 90-100 degrees
  • 2 Tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ½ – 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white mixed with 1 Tablespoon water

Cooking Instructions

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. First, add the water, yeast, and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk the mixture together and let it sit for 3 minutes, or until it’s bubbly and frothy.
  3. Next, add in the oil, salt, and 5 ½ cups of flour. Attach a dough hook and mix on low until the dough comes together. Increase the speed to medium-high and knead. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it doesn’t, add more flour, 2 Tablespoons at a time, until it does. Then, knead the dough for 2 minutes on medium-high.
  4. Remove the dough hook and cover the work bowl with a piece of greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap and punch the dough down. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and shape each piece into a long, thick dough that measures 16-17 inches long. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, and cut 5-6 slits diagonally on each loaf.
  6. Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 375 degrees Let the dough rise for a second time while the ​oven preheats. As soon as the oven is done preheating, pop the pan into the oven (don’t let the dough sit out too long because it will over-proof).
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes. Then, remove the bread from the oven and brush the loaves with 1 egg white mixed with 1 Tablespoon of water. Bake for another 3-5 minutes.
  8. Move the pan to a wire rack and cool the bread for 5 minutes before slicing and serving!