My favourite part of eating out is when they bring the bread ahead of the meal for you to nibble on. I always eat way too much and end up having to bring my dinner home. But that hot out of the oven fresh French bread is to die for! It is so good I just can not resist it. When I stumbled on this yummy recipe to make French Bread at home in the oven I just had to give it a try. It is so delicious you do not even need to save if for dinner
French Bread Recipe
What you will need
2 teaspoon active quick rising dry yeast
4 cups of flour
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tbs.corn meal
1 tbs of olive oil or cooking oil.
3-4 ice cubes
1 egg white
In a large mixing bowl place hot water and yeast until yeast becomes foamy about ten minutes.
Place 1/4 cup of bread flour on your clean counter top and reserve. Place remaining 3 3/4 cups bread flour and salt in your mixer bowl. With your dough hook mix on low for about 4 minutes until a ball forms. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer on for another two minutes on low.
Remove dough from the bowl on the floured surface knead dough until forms a nice silky smooth ball.
Place dough back in a large lightly oiled bowl I use pam and cover with Saran wrap for about 1 hour or until doubles in size.
Remove dough from the bowl and cut in half. On floured surface roll dough out like in the photo above. Roll dough tightly like a jelly roll tucking in edges. Place dough on a lightly oiled pan and place corn meal over the oil. Let rise for about 1 hour or until doubles in size. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
With a sharp paring knife make 3-4 shallow, diagonal slashes. Coat the top of the breads with egg-white. place 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of your oven the steam makes a nice crusty bread. If you don’t have ice cubes put 1/2 cup of water in a pan on the lowest rack of your oven.
Bake bread in the oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Slice and Serve! Enjoy this with butter or any meal. This bread always goes fast in my house.