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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:

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  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.

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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


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