This is a great thing to make with the kids on a weekend where you are around the house but doing other things because there is a lot of "rise time" with this recipe but takes no time to prepare. They will love mixing it as it sticks to their fingers and if they are anything like me when I was a kid I LOVED the punching the dough part!! Oh wait, I still do ;) so if you don't have kids....well, you get to have ALL the fun!
Best part of all of this....oh you guessed it, your house will smell fantabulous! I remember walking in and out of bakeries in Montreal as a kid wishing I could smell that smell in my house forever - bottle that up and bring it home...hey Yankee Candle Company...you should make THAT as a new scent!
But honestly, who can resist a hot fresh loaf of bread dripping with butter??? Reeled you in on that one didn't I? My mouth is watering too.
French Bread - makes 2 large loaves
2 packages dry yeast (or 5 teaspoons)
2-1/2 cups warm water
1 tsp. sugar
6 cups all purpose flour (approximately)
1-1/2 tsp. salt
Place warm water in a large bowl and sprinkle with yeast and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes until yeast dissolves and starts to bubble. Stir in 2 cups flour and salt. Cover and let rise for 1/2 hour.
Slowly stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes. You may need to add a bit of flour as you go so that its not super sticky when you are kneading.
Clean the large mixing bowl, grease it with some olive oil, and place the dough in the bowl. Turn it in the bowl so the dough is greased (this prevents the top from cracking as it rises).
|Place on a grease cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal and let rise until doubled in size - approximately 1 hour|
|After dough has risen for about an hour|