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:
- Make a large batch
- Be time efficient
- Be inexpensive to prepare
- 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!”
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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