Quick and Easy Homemade French Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp. yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, plus extra for oiling the bowl
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. water
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add warm water. Sprinkle with yeast and allow to sit for 5 minutes or until yeast starts to bubble on top. Then add the sugar and let sit for an additional minute.


With the mixer on low, stir in the salt and 3 tbsp. olive oil. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until fully incorporated. Allow to mix on low speed for 5 minutes or until it pulls away from the bowl.


Grease a glass bowl with a little extra olive oil. Add dough ball to bowl and drizzle a little extra oil on top. Cover the bowl with a warm wet towel.


Meanwhile, put a bowl of water in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl of water from the microwave and place the bowl with the bread bowl in the warm microwave (NOT turned on) for 15 minutes to allow to rise. (Putting the dough in the warm microwave environment makes the dough rise a lot faster!)


While the dough is rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.


After the dough has risen, divide the dough into two long loaves (rolling like a jelly roll and tucking in the ends). Place both loaves side by side, at least 3 inches apart, on the prepared cookie sheet. 


Take a knife and slash the tops of each loaf diagonally. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water. Brush the egg wash evenly over the top of each loaf.


Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.


by The Savvy Kitchen
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