Idiot-Proof One-Hour French Bread

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I love bread.

I mean, who doesn’t?

Freshly baked bread is especially tantalizing, but who has the time?

I remember traveling overseas (when I was young and didn’t have seven kids) and we ate French baguettes in Paris with Nutella spread all over them. My metabolism was higher then. Those were the days.

Fast-forward, I’m in the kitchen with very little time and even a smaller amount of patience. I’m not a good bread maker. Believe me, I’ve tried.

So, when I found the “Idiot-Proof One-Hour French Bread” from Supersize Family Kitchens’ latest big family cookbook, I knew I had to give it a go.

I totally fit the bill when it comes to this recipe. I suck at baking bread AND I have no time.

Courtney wrote Potluck Perfect with these prerequisites in mind, all recipes had to:

  1. Make a large batch
  2. Be time efficient
  3. Be inexpensive to prepare
  4. Use common pantry items

As I scrolled through all 108 recipes found in this large family cookbook, and I actually thought, “WOW! I have almost every single ingredient in this book…and our pantry is pretty bare right now!”

Fast & Easy French Bread

1. Gather the Ingredients

Water, Yeast, Butter, Flour, Sugar, Salt

     

2. Mix Yeast and Warm Water

Let sit until frothy

3. Mix Butter, Flour and Yeast/Water

Start with 2 cups of flour, butter and yeast/water. Mix well, then start adding more flour.

Helpers are amazing too!

4. After dough is set, turn out and knead

You know the dough is done when it stops sticking to the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5-7 minutes.

5. Split Dough & Form 14″ Loaves

This recipe makes 2- 14″ loaves.

6. Cover with Wax Paper for 30 minutes

This is what it looks like after 30 minutes. I like to leave mine on the top of the stove as the oven pre-heats to 450.

7. Bake & Coat with Butter

Cook for 20 minutes on 450.

As it’s cooling, coat with melted buter.

It took me a long time to bite the bullet and buy a pastry brush, but I love it. It was only $1…seriously, why did I wait so long?

8. Let Cool & Cut

Use a bread knife…it’s the only way.

9. Serve with Butter

Yummy!

Idiot-Proof One-Hour French Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 envelopes quick-rise yeast
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 7-8 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter (for brushing on)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine warm water, sugar, salt, and yeast. Allow to sit for a few minutes until yeast is foamy.

  2. Add softened butter and 2 cups of flour, and stir with a sturdy spoon (or use a mixer and dough hook) until it’s mixed up.

  3. Add 5 more cups of flour, and stir until it forms a soft dough that’s only a little sticky but pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining cup if the dough is too wet.

  4. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Divide in half and form two loaves that are roughly 14 inches long. Transfer to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, and make several 1⁄2 inch deep slices in the top of each loaf.

  5. Cover with waxed paper and let rise for 30 minutes or until loaves are about doubled in size.

  6. After 20 minutes of rising, preheat oven to 450°. Spray tops of loaves with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and the bottoms are light gold. Brush loaves with melted butter.

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I'm in the kitchen with very little time and even a smaller amount of patience. When I found the "Idiot-Proof One-Hour French Bread" from Supersize Family Kitchens' latest big family cookbook, I knew I had to give it a go. Here are the results of this fast and easy bread recipe.
I'm in the kitchen with very little time and even a smaller amount of patience. When I found the "Idiot-Proof One-Hour French Bread" from Supersize Family Kitchens' latest big family cookbook, I knew I had to give it a go. Here are the results of this fast and easy bread recipe.
I'm in the kitchen with very little time and even a smaller amount of patience. When I found the "Idiot-Proof One-Hour French Bread" from Supersize Family Kitchens' latest big family cookbook, I knew I had to give it a go. Here are the results of this fast and easy bread recipe.
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    Elaine! That looks amazing! 😍 I’m so glad you liked the book!

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