The number 1 food that people request from my mother Renée, is her soft french bread.
Now most of her 10 children receive the exact same request from their families and friends! You are now fortunate enough to be receiving Renée’s famous recipe. Click on the icon below for a printable recipe:
Recommended French Bread Equipment:
Click each photo to find my favorite bread-making tools on Amazon:
French Bread Ingredients:
- 2 ½ Cups of warm water
- 1 Tbsp. of rapid rising yeast
- ½ Cup of sugar
- 2 tsp. of salt
- 5-6 Cups of all purpose flour
French Bread Directions:
First use a wooden spoon to mix the warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, until nearly dissolved. Then mix in the salt, and then 5 of the 6 cups of flour. If the dough is still sticky, add the remaining cup of flour. If it is still too sticky, add another ½ cup of flour. See my above video to see the proper consistency.
Knead the dough on a floured counter top, until it forms a fairly smooth ball.
Lightly flour your large mixing bowl, and then carefully drop the dough back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth or plastic wrap
Let the dough ball rise in the bowl until it doubles in size (1-2 hours, depending on your room’s temperature & humidity). By the way, this Polder timer was recommended by America’s Test Kitchen, so I ordered it and love ! You can find it clicking this picture:
Doesn’t that look nice and fluffy?
Divide the risen dough in half. I really like to use a chef’s knife, which has been sprayed with non-stick spray:
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, or optionally use parchment paper. Roll out each ball into a large rectangle (the length of your baking sheet). Then starting at a long edge, roll each rectangle, until your dough is shaped like a jelly roll:
Place both loaves on the baking sheet, with spacing on each side. Be sure to place the loaves seam side down, and tuck the end under itself.
Cover the loaves and let them rise for 1-2 hours, until they become as large as you prefer.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for about 20 minutes, until it just starts to turn golden.
Depending on where you live & what oven you have, the bread can be a little doughy at 20 minutes, so if it is, just put it back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
Immediately rub the top of the hot bread with butter, to give it a shine & a yummy taste.
***Amazing Tip: This bread is unbelievably good toasted, with salted butter melted over the top!
Please comment below with questions, suggestions, or even to say hi!
Click Here to subscribe to JoshLovesIt.com