In my previous post I said I’d share this recipe. I made French bread, it has to be close to the best French bread recipe I have tried. It was just so light inside yet crumbly and crunchy on the outside. I’d challenge you to make it, when you do, come back to me and tell me what you think.
Ingredients to make two French loaves
6 scant cups of strong flour (I used 5 strong white, and one Cotswold Crunch bread flour)
2 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 sachet yeast
3/4 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Add the oil and mix that in too.
Either using dough hooks or by hand mix in the warm water and knead until smooth.
I found today that I needed a little extra water.
Once your dough is ready place it in an oiled bowl and leave it to rise, covered, for about an hour.
Once risen knock back and divide the dough into two. Shape the two pieces of dough into two loaf shapes and allow to rise once more for approximately an hour.
Meanwhile preheat your oven to 190C/275F.
Once the dough is ready after its second rise brush the loaves with some water and make some cuts along the top for decoration. Bake for around 30 to 35 minutes.
Once baked brush scantly with some melted butter and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Once cool you can slice up and enjoy these beautiful loaves.