But then, I was making my cheese soup, and I realized I forgot to get the delicious bakery french bread to go with my soup when I was at the store. So I’m scrambling. I really don’t feel like making bread. I got out the stuff to make my easy breadsticks, but didn’t feel super breadsticky that night. I remembered my mom’s text- and felt a little daring. Truly it was laziness- the thought of not having to roll and dip breadsticks in butter made me happy. I pulled out my phone and read the recipe card my mom gave me for this french bread. It looked simple enough and if it didn’t turn out- so what? I was out some flour. I made it and it WAS easy. and it WAS good. I made two loafs. (the recipe makes 2 loaves)
Night one- we ate it with the broccoli cheese soup. Night 2- I pulled out the second loaf, sliced it up and served it warm along side some creamy white chili.
Perfect. Dinner for 2 nights. Love that.
Out of the oven it looks like artisan bread…crusty, floured bread
Paint melted butter on the top and sprinkle with a garlic salt spread (my fav is Jonny’s Garlic Spread).
Slice while hot and add more buttah!!
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 T yeast
- 2 T sugar
- 3 tsp salt
- 4-6 cups flour
- 2 T melted butter
- In a large mixing bowl (I use my kitchen aid) dissolve yeast into water. Let sit for a few minutes to grow and bubble. (If it doesn't bubble you have bad yeast. I'm so sorry)
- Add salt, sugar and start mixer.
- Slowly mix in the 4 cups of flour. Once smooth add 1/2-2 more cups.
- Knead til smooth and elastic, and longer than you usually do for regular bread.
- Cover and let rise (about 10 minutes).
- Divide into two loaves.
- Pinch ends together and score.
- Let rise. (I did about 20 minutes here- or doubled in size)
- Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until done.
- Brush top with melted butter and serve hot!