French Bread (Easy)
While visiting my nephews this summer, it same up that they had never made bread, and therefore had not seen how the yeast will rise the bread as it grows. So we spent one morning, before we went blueberry picking, making 2 loaves of French bread, one for each boy. (note: This recipe makes two shorter loaves, so it was perfect.) We enjoyed it as a snack, then served it two more times: with meatballs (or eggplant meatballs) for dinner, as well as the next day with French toast.
This may be time consuming as you have two 20 minute rest periods, but it’s pretty simple and kid friendly to help along the way.
- ¼ cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
- 1 package dry active yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. warm water
- 3½ – 4 C all purpose flour
- 1 egg white and 1 Tbsp water.
Directions: Combine ¼ cup warm water, yeast and 1 tsp sugar into a bowl. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until yeast is bubbly.
On a lightly floured surface roll out with a rolling pin. (May divide dough into two pieces for two smaller loaves if desired.)
Turn oven OFF. Place pan of water on lower rack and then bread on shelf above pan of water. Allow to rise until double (about 20 minutes) Remove pan of water.