warm stack of rustic french bread

“Très Facile!” French Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey or Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups. Warm (NOT BOILING) Water
  • Optional: 1 Egg White

To Make:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine warm water, yeast, honey, and salt in a medium bowl. Cover and let sit for 5-7 minutes (liquid should have foam on top).
  3. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of flour with the yeast mixture, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as you go. Add in more flour until the dough forms and becomes soft – but not sticky.
  4. Separate the dough in half and knead into two loaf-shaped rectangles, rounding out the ends. It’s okay if the surface isn’t smooth; this gives it a rustic look when baked!
  5. Let them rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Optional: brush the outside of the loaves with egg whites to make the loaves brown more readily (mostly for the aesthetic).
  7. Place the loaves on a greased pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, until they are somewhat hard and/or golden brown.

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