We bake lots of our own bread since we tend to favor a slightly less sweet bread
than is usually available in the stores around these parts.
I hadn't tried baking French Bread before, but when I found this recipe, it quickly became a staple.
It's an easy and quick bread, and has a bit of that tangy French-bread flavor without all the work of using a sourdough starter.
With NO fats and only 2 tsp of sugar, it's almost healthy! :)
|if you live where I do, rise that dough on top of an ant trap!|
1 1/4 cups very warm water
1 1/2 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups white flour
1 Tblsp water
* Pour the warm water into a big bowl, and sprinkle the yeast on top. Add the sugar, stir, and let it sit until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
* Add the salt and the flour, kneading it in until smooth and pliable; about 5 minutes.
* Let dough rise in the bowl for an hour, until double the size.
* Divide dough in 1/2 and shape into two logs; place loaves side by side on a greased cookie sheet.
* Cover and let rise for another 45 min. to an hour.
* Whisk the egg and water and brush over loaves.
|if you don't have a pastry brush, a paper towel works just fine|
*Serve warm with butter, or with sandwich fillings.
If you're like us, you won't have to worry about storing leftovers!