I am a mom of 4. I love to cook and try new recipes.
Every once in awhile a new recipe is tried and the family often responds with "mom..it's a keeper" meaning add this one to the family recipe book. So here I've compiled them all in one spot so they're easy to get to and add to. Hope you enjoy them as much as we have, and maybe they'll be keepers for you as well.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

French Bread - super easy and oh, so worth it!

1 cup water
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/ teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Place water, bread flour, sugar salt and yeast into either a bread machine or a mixer.   If in a bread machine, set the bread maker for dough setting.  Otherwise mix in a mixer until it forms a dough and is mixed well.  When cycle is completed either by bread machine or in the mixer.  shape dough into a round and place in an oiled bowl.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.  Punch down dough on a lightly floured surface.  Divide dough in half and shape into a long loaf.  if you like make deep diagonal cuts across the top of the loaf, every 2 inches.  Let rise until doubled.  Then bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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