60-Minute French Bread Recipe: This Crusty Homemade Bread Is the Real Deal by Melissa Vickers


60-Minute French Bread Recipe: This Crusty Homemade Bread Is the Real Deal

I’ve tried some “easy” bread recipes of late that promise little time and effort and perfect bread out of the oven. Some of them live up to their claims, more or less. Here’s an easy French bread recipe that really did take about an hour and the end result has a nice crust on the outside and a soft, delicious inside. 

The only part of the recipe that didn’t work for me was using the dough hooks for my mom’s old stand mixer. When I tried that, the dough kept rising up into the base of the machine, so I did some hand kneading. It all worked out, and I eventually got my mixer cleaned up again!

Here was my ingredient list for this one-hour French bread recipe: granulated sugar, dry yeast, salt, butter, all-purpose flour and an egg for the egg wash. Easy enough, right? Serve this crusty bread as a side dish with dinner or as a snack with butter, jam, cheese, honey or fruit preserves. You could also make garlic bread with it. Delicious! 

Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 20 minutes rising time
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes (ovens vary)

Servings: Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast or 1 1/2 packets rapid rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white (egg wash)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine warm water, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until the yeast dissolves. If using regular yeast, wait a few minutes to make sure it starts forming bubbles. If using rapid rise yeast, go on to the next step.
  2. Use the regular beater attachments to begin blending in the flour. Add the butter. When the dough gets too heavy for those, change to dough hooks. Add flour gradually until the dough begins to pull away and clean the sides of the bowl. (I let this go on until I realized I couldn’t control the dough and switched to a few minutes of hand kneading with extra flour until the dough was not sticky and could be handled easily.)
  3. Grease a baking sheet or baguette pans and form loaves to fit. Slash the crust three to four times to prevent the crust from cracking. Cover loaves with a tea towel and let the dough rise for 20 minutes, or until about doubled in size.
  4. Beat an egg white until it’s frothy and brush it generously over the entire surface of the loaves.
  5. Bake in a preheated 450-degree F oven for about 20 minutes, or until the crust is a shiny, golden brown. Cool slightly before cutting.

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Rosseyes
Looks delicious I want to try it sorry I've been away so long and I hope to start coming back little by little I love recipes and to try them and to sort of tweak them I hope to share some good thoughts with you soon thank you
totati
I don’t have a stand up mixer. Can I knead by jeans?
totati
By hand not by jeans! Sorry!
Melissa Vickers
I don't see why you can do it by hand. It might take longer than just using the mixer, but probably not too much longer. Give it a try!
Tex
I have to admit, that made me giggle ...I often do things like that so it amuses me when someone else does too.

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