Crusty French Bread

Crusty French Bread

French bread is a light, crusty yeast bread made with water rather than milk.

60 min.prep time 3:55total time
15 servings
7 Ratings

Ingredients

1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups warm water (105 to 115°F)
1 tablespoon sugar
5 to 5 1/2 cups bread flour
or all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon milk

Directions

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl; stir in sugar. Let stand 45 minutes. Stir in 3 cups flour and salt; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Place into greased bowl; turn greased-side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double in size (about 1 1/2 hours). (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

Punch down dough; divide into thirds. Shape each third into 15-inch loaf (baguette) or 5-inch round on greased baking sheets. Cover; let rise until double in size (about 30 minutes).

Heat oven to 400°F. Stir together egg and milk in small bowl; brush over top and sides of loaves. Make 5 diagonal slashes across top of each loaf with serrated knife. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks.

VARIATION:

Garlic Herb French Bread: Add 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves and 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic with the 3 cups flour.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 175

Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 430mg

Carbohydrates: 34g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #7011©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

So simple ....

As advertised ... Delicious crust, tender inside .... makes a lot for as little flour as it too. I'm thinking i used closer to just 4 cups than the 5-5-1/2 cups, but didn't really measure the add-in bit. This is a keeper!
Hello everyone WHO already made this Bread b4. I have a question , can I make the dough at night & leave to proof in the fridge overnight ?
this turned out perfect! Not dry at all. Every other French loaf recipe I have tried failed. Not this one. I wouldn't change a thing about it! I am trying the variation right now, with the oregano basil and garlic. can hardly wait for it to rise.
Hi
I'm just printing this now and plan a couple of changes! 1) two eggs and four tablespoons or 1/4 c milk mix well and split! 2) put the first half in the activated yeast prior to adding the flour and salt mixture! ...This will give the bread loaf a good chance of seeing the second day and still be a "simple pleasure"! 3) when the oven is preheated (if you like the crusty in French Bread) take a 1/4 c warm tap water no more... throw it at your oven walls and hurry place bread in center shelf close the door! Steam is key! French bread ovens have steam injectors which do this so nice. a small metal bowl with a cup of water can also be inserted prior preheating . try and see! Enjoy drl
The texture was moist on inside and crunchy outside. - it was excellent. Recipe was easy but time consuming because of waiting for dough to rise. I used bread flour instead of all purpose. I'd recommend when you get to the 5th cup of flower, add it a little at a time just dough can be handled, otherwise the bread will come out too dry. I ended using about 4 3/4 cups of flower total. I'd also recommend cooking at the minimum time - you can always add more time if need be since all ovens vary. Mine took about 26 minutes.
Excellent. i followed the recipe and it came out great. This was the first time I made french bread and it came out great. My finicky 16 year old said it was awesome and I only get "awesome" ratings if they're "for real".
This bread recipe is great. The only thing I changed is that I used 2 tsp instant yeast instead of the packaged yeast.
This recipe is certainly worth trying. I was very impressed at the light, fluffy texture of the bread with the chewy, buttery crust. This recipe I have used to make my cinnamon raisin bread, just by adding the extra ingredients. Everyone loves it!

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