Crusty, chewy, delicious French Bread. This bread is so easy to make and no fancy ingredients- just your basic flour, water, yeast. What's not to love?
2-1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
7 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix until well combined. Add the rest of the flour one cup at a time until the dough comes away from the side of the bowl and is no longer sticky. Let knead for 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch down dough. Divide in half, form each piece into a loaf. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut evenly spaced shallow cuts diagonally on the top of each loaf. Let raise until double (about 30 minutes). Place a pan of hot water on lowest shelf of oven. Bake bread at 450 degrees for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 20-30 minutes or until bread gives a hollow sound when tapped.
NOTE: This bread goes stale after about a day or so. Makes delicious French Toast.
You've seen how I make breads in a Bosch, today I'll show you how in a Kitchen-Aid.
Into the mixer bowl, pour your warm water (about the temperature you'd wash your hands in-not too hot, not too cold)
Add the yest
The yeast should bubble like this.
Now add the sugar and salt. Yes- 1 tablespoon of salt, really.
Add 2 cups of flour, mix well.
Continue to add in the rest of the four
When using a Kitchen-Aid, you have to flip the dough every so often in order to get a uniform knead.
Continue adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky and it pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Let it knead for 5 minutes.
Transfer dough to a large greased bowl
Cover with a flour-sack towel or plastic wrap.
Wait about 45 minutes for the dough to double in size.
Punch down the dough
and form it into loaves. I like two big loaves, but you can also make hoagie-size, or even roll-size.
Slice shallow diagonal cuts into the top of each loaf, about every inch or so.
Cover your loaves and allow them to rise until double in size, about 30-45 minutes.
There's a lot of waiting when you make bread.
Once the loaves are risen and ready,
Place a pan of hot water into the bottom of a preheated 425 degree oven, and bake the loaves at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake 20-30 minutes more.
DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR or you bread will fall.
You'll know they're ready when the loaves have turned a golden brown color, and they give a hollow sound when tapped.