The recipe I have to share with you today, is one of my favorite recipes of all time. In fact if I had to pick a tippy top favorite, this one just might be it. I usually make this bread several times a month, I love it so much. I have shared it here, back in the early days of my blog. While doing a bit of house/blog keeping the other day, I came across the old, original Fabulous French Bread post and boy howdy. The step by step photos looked like the dogs dinner, man. Terrible! Just ferocious. You know I couldn’t let my Favorite Recipe Of All Time hang around here looking like the dogs dinner, now could I. And so I am sharing it again with you today, polished up and hopefully a lot more appealing to look at. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go! Don’t be afraid of a little tiny thing like yeast. Good heavens, you could totally be rocking this bread. Here are some great reasons to make it.
The outside is crusty while the inside is soft and slightly chewy.
It freezes like a dream, I generally double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftover loaves for another meal.
It is cheap, cheap, cheap. I did the math once, and I think it came out to costing 15 cents per loaf.
It also makes….
Have I talked you in to making it yet? Boy, I sure hope so…let’s do it!
FABULOUS FRENCH BREAD
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***NOTE: A Kitchen Aid Mixer works well for this recipe. If you would like to double or triple it, I would suggest using a mixer with a stronger motor. The Bosch Mixer works like a dream.***
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 3 loaves
Recipe from Krista Robinson
1 C boiling water
1/3 C warm water
1 T yeast (I use active dry)
2 T sugar
1 T salt
1 T shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)
1 C cold water
5-6 cups flour (I use all-purpose flour)
2. Pour 1/3 C of warm water into a glass measuring cup. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of yeast over the top of the warm water…
Grab the yeast/water mixture and pour that in as well.
5. Add 2-3 cups of flour and turn on your mixer to slow speed. You want to be sure to use the dough hook attachment.
6. While the mixer is on, add the remaining flour, 1 cup at a time until the dough is firm enough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
Also, if a little bit of it stays on our finger when you test the dough, that’s just fine. If your dough is sticks like crazy to your finger, I would add a little more flour (about 1/4 cup) and let it mix for another minute.
8. Once the dough is mixed, let it rest in the bowl for 5 minutes.
Cut the dough into three equal parts. Then let it rest for another 5 minutes. Be patient. If you don’t let it rest the dough will be hard to shape and manipulate, then you might do something fierce like pull all your hair out. We wouldn’t want that, now would we. Especially if you’ve got thin hair to begin with. Wait the 5, won’t you?
and turn your little loaf over, so the flat side is on top, and the seam side is on the bottom.
15. Spread the frothy egg out over the top of each loaf. Make sure to get some down inside the slits as well. This egg is going to make your loaves shine like the top of the Crysler Building. (Name that movie, anyone?)
18. Allow the loaves to bake for 15-20 minutes (this time may vary depending on how fast your oven increases in temperature) or until the tops are golden and crisp.
19. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
20. Remove the loaves from the pan and allow them to cool a bit before you slice into them.
Place leftovers in a Freezer Safe Ziploc Bag and pop them into your freezer.