28 December 2009

Easy French Bread

I got this recipe from my friend, Heather Hardy, about 8 years ago and we've loved it ever since.
It's a good recipe and super easy to whip up almost last minute for a meal.
Well, an hour before anyway. It's a very forgiving recipe.

2 1/2 c. very warm water
2 T. yeast
2 T. sugar
1 T. salt
2 T. vegetable oil
5-6 c. flour

In a large bowl, mix water, yeast, and sugar with a whisk until mostly dissolved. Let it sit for 4 minutes until frothy. Add salt, oil and 3 c. of flour and mix well. Add the additional 2 c. flour and mix. Cover and let rise. After 10 minutes, stir down. Repeat 3 more times--every ten minutes.
Knead a few times on a floured surface--do not over knead. Roll out into a square and roll up.
Pinch the ends down and lay on a flat baking stone or pan. Rise about 20-30 minutes (I usually don't have time for this step and its fine) and bake at 400 degrees until golden. This recipe makes 2 large loaves or a few smaller ones. I either make a couple or a few and give one or two away or save half of the dough for the next night.

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