Monday, April 13, 2015

Crusty French Bread in the Bread Machine

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Now that Passover has ended I figured why not treat you all to a delicious bread recipe.

I posted this French Bread recipe back in 2012 and over the last three years I cant tell you how many times I have made it. It has been my go to recipe if I wanted to bring a loaf of fresh bread to a gathering. It is Hubby's most requested (like on a weekly basis) recipe. It is a favorite of ours.
That being said, you can imagine the look on his face when I said, "I'm going to try a different French Bread recipe today."  Not sure what made me want to do it, our recipe was great but I was curious to see if I was missing anything.
That's when I came across this recipe.  As it turns out, this recipe was better.  It made a better crust, just look at the picture it is gorgeous and has the perfect amount of crunch to it.  The inside was perfect too, soft and flavorful.  This is now our new go to French Bread recipe.

1 cup of lukewarm water
1 1/2  teaspoons of butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon bread machine yeast
*for glaze  1 egg white and 1 teaspoon water whisked together

Place the ingredients in the bread machine according to your bread machines specific directions. Turn the machine on the dough cycle.  Keep your eye on the dough at the beginning addins a little more flour if it seems too sticky or a little water if its too doughy.
Once the dough cycle is complete, turn dough out onto lightly floured board. Shape the dough into an oval slightly longer than you want your final loaf to be. Starting from the longer side, roll the dough into a loaf and pinch the seam together. Turn over so the seam is on the bottom. Pinch the ends together and turn under making a small rounded shape on each end. Cover with a towel and let dough rise in warm place until almost double.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Brush the glaze over the dough. Using a sharp knife, cut diagonal slashes about 2 inches apart and ½ inch deep across the top of the loaf.
Bake the loaf of bread for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 and bake a little longer (5-10 minutes) until the top is golden brown.  Enjoy!!!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Danielle,
    Bread is my weakness, and oh my this looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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