Thursday, July 25, 2013

Homemade French Loaf


Hello Everyone,

Who doesn't love a freshly baked loaf of bread. I know I do especially with a side of delicious dip. French loaves are simple, long pieces of bread made out of all-purpose flour with an egg wash on top. 

Yields: 2 loaves 
b 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Baking Time: 30-35 minutes
Temp: 450 degrees F

Ingredients Required:
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs of white granulated sugar
  • 1 packet of dry active yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsps of salt
  • 3 tsps of olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup of lukewarm water
How to Put It Together:
  1. Dissolve the sugar in the lukewarm water. Add-in the yeast and move to a dark humid area. The solution will become frothy and bubbly.
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl and add the salt and oil.
  3. Pour in the yeast mixture to the flour and mix it all together.
  4. Once everything has come together, transfer to a floured hard surface and knead the dough until it turns soft and creamy at the top.
  5. Transfer the dough back into a bowl cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for one hour or until the mixture doubles in volume. 
  6. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F while you finish prepping the dough. 
  7. Once the oven is preheated pull the dough out of the bowl and place it back down on a floured surface. Kneed the dough until it becomes very spongy and soft.
  8. Divid the dough into two equal halves and roll them into two 5-6 cm long cylinders and taper off the ends
  9. Grease the baking tray with oil.
  10. Using a sharp knife slash slits in the top of the dough 3-4 times.
  11. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and brush it on the dough.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes - You know the bread is finished when it makes a hollow sound when you knock on it.
  13. Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy after they cool for about 15 minutes