Fresh Home-baked French Bread

Fresh Home-baked French Bread

Home-baked French Bread

Home-baked bread

Home-baked, golden brown French Bread is an absolute must in my house. 

What can I say about Home-baked bread? There are so many delicious and wonderful recipes online for bread maker bread ( you will possible even see them on this site as well) . On the other hand, nothing will ever be better than homemade hand kneaded bread or rolls. The bread maker bread doesn’t taste the same, or smell the same,  nor does it bring back memories of Mom and Gramma in the kitchen baking bread and apple and pumpkin pies.   No doubt the missing ingredient with machine baked bread is the LOVE.

In my opinion; the old saying about love in a recipe is probably the most important ingredient when cooking or baking. I cook / bake in the same way my mom (except a hint of modern day with my kitchen aid) did (except I can’t make pies 🙁 ) and she cooked in the same way my Gramma did ; “The ol fashion way” I actually still have some of my Gramma’s baking tools and LOT’s of my mom’s.

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2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
5 -5 1⁄2 cups bread flour

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Dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) and sugar in large bowl; allow yeast to proof or foam (about 10 minutes).

Next add salt, oil, and 3 cups flour; beat for 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups flour to make a stiff dough and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Place in oiled bowl, turn dough to coat all sides, cover and let rise until doubled. Punch down and divide in half. Shape dough into two long slender loaves. Grease and sprinkle with cornmeal either a french bread pan or large cookie sheet.

Place loaves in pan and cut diagonal gashes on top of each loaf . Next cover and let rise until doubled.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Note: Another thing you can do,  is sprinkle or spray water on the loaves during baking if you want a really crunchy crust.

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