Easy 1-Hour French Bread
I've been upping my bread game lately, and this is a total home run. From start to finish, it takes no time at all - which is perfect if you're having company or just want the house to smell like fresh bread. Because, after all, is there a better smell?! (no, the answer is no.)
Granted, it does take me a little longer than an hour because I have four extra hands helping - but they're the cutest 4 hands! This is actually a really great recipe to have the kiddos help make. It is pretty straight forward and this bread is rather resilient, so you don't have to be too delicate!
1-Hour French Bread
Yield: 3 loaves
silicone baking mats
2 sheet pans (or 1 large)
2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
1/2 Cup warm water
2 Cups Hot Water
3 Tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Salt
6 Cups AP Flour
1. In a stand mixer, combine yeast, water, and the sugar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until a light foam as developed
2. Mix in hot water, salt, and flour. Use a dough hook and turn mixer to low. As the ingredients incorporate, turn to medium speed until a dough is formed and begins to pull away from the bowl.
3. On a silicone baking mat, divide dough into 3 equal pieces and form into logs.
4. Make 3-4 scores across the top of each loaf and brush with melted butter.
5. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes, or until the top gets golden brown
Happy Baking and Bon Appétit!