Homemade crusty French bread recipe – This recipe is perfect for bread bowls, French bread pizza, garlic bread or accompanying soup or stew. Makes great French toast!
Prep Time:1 hour
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes
Yield:1 loaf 1x
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon bread machine yeast
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dissolve sugar, yeast and salt in warm water in a large bowl or mixer of choice. Add flour cup by cup, mixing after each addition, until a firm dough is formed (or let the dough cycle do its thing).
Let dough rise about 20 minutes, punch down. Cover and let rise in a warm location until doubled in size.
Dump dough onto lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough in a rectangle, just slightly shorter than the length of your baking sheet and about half as wide. Roll up jelly roll style. Place on lightly greased pan (or cover pan with reusable parchment paper), seam side down. Allow to rise until double in size.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Score the top of each loaf with a sharp knife three times, about 1/3 of the way through the dough. Brush with glaze and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.