french bread
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French Bread

Light and airy bread with a crisp crust. Great to serve with soups, pastas, dips or to make french bread pizza!
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2-3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 cup warm water 115-120° F
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cornmeal
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 TBSP cold water

Instructions

  • In large mixing bowl with a dough hook, thoroughly mix ¾ cup flour, sugar, and yeast.
  • Add butter.
  • Gradually add warm water to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes with mixer at medium speed, scraping bowl as needed.
  • Add salt and 3/4 cup flour.
  • Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed.
  • Slowly add in the remaining flour until the dough come off the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Knead using the dough hook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Lift dough out of bowl to lightly oil the sides and bottom of bowl and return dough to the oiled surface.
  • Cover bowl with a towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into a 15x10 inch rectangle.
  • Starting at the wide side of the dough, roll up tightly and pinch seam and ends to seal.
  • Lightly Sprinkle cornmeal on bottom of pan and place dough on top of the cornmeal and brush the dough with olive oil. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place a glass baking dish on the bottom of the rack filled ½ full of water.
  • Prior to baking, make 6-7 ½ inch slices in the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Whisk together egg white and water. After the initial baking time, brush the top of the bread with the egg wash mixture. Continue to bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals