Wednesday, October 8, 2008

French Bread

I began making bread in earnest over the summer, right around the same time that my husband's family came to visit. We were a few stops after their visit to my husband's aunt, where they enjoyed a few AMAZING bread recipes. Nana was so excited about them that she phoned her sister the day they arrived here, to get the recipes for me. It's taken me until now to try this bread recipe, but it's fantastic! I've decided to stand up and pay attention whenever I come across a Utah bread recipe from now on. They really know how to do bread down there!

This makes two good-sized loaves, with a shattering crust and a crumb dense enough to spread thick with butter or make a sandwich. The crust is softer the next day, and the whole loaf satisfyingly chewy. It only lasted two days in our kitchen, so I can't say what would happen on the 3rd day.

The recipe is written for a stand mixer- I used my small Kitchen Aid, with the dough hook attachment. With six cups of flour, it seemed ALMOST too big for the bowl- the dough kept wanting to wind its way up to the top of the machine. Make sure and watch that it doesn't envelope the mixer, and keep a table knife handy to cut the dough back and push it down in between mixings.

French Bread

2 1/2 cups very warm water
2 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoon oil
6 cups flour, divided
2 Tablespoons yeast

  1. Mix in Kitchen Aid all ingredients except flour and yeast.
  2. Add 3 cups flour and mix well.
  3. Add yeast, and the rest of the flour. Mix well.
  4. Let rest 10 minutes, and mix again.
  5. Repeat step 4 five times.
  6. Roll dough into 2 rectangles and roll up like a cinnamon roll loaf. Place on cornmeal-coated cookie sheet and let rise 30 minutes.
  7. Gash top with a sharp knife and brush with egg white.
  8. Bake 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


  1. You could try halving the recipe for your mixer... but then you'd only have one loaf of yummy bread. :-)

  2. I just made a batch but shaped it into 4 smaller baguette type loaves. Delicious!