Who loves fresh homemade bread? Only everyone! Have I got the best recipe for you! This is seriously the yummiest and easiest bread recipe… and it gets even better…. you can make it in less than hour from start to finish! What? Yup… it’s true! Now hot, fresh bread is so doable for your weeknight or any night dinners. Your family will think you are the best thing…well, since sliced bread!
Some other things I do with this is make french bread pizzas, french bread sandwiches (think steak and melted cheese… always a good idea!), garlic bread… oh the possibilities are practically endless! Lets get started.
Rustic French Bread
5-5 ½ c. bread flour
2 tsp. salt
2 ½ tsp. active dry yeast
2 ¼ c. very warm water
Spray bottle filled with water
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, pour in the warm water and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit for about 5 minutes, until the yeast has dissolved (it will not bubble). After the yeast has dissolved, add the flour, and then the salt. Turn on the mixer and knead for 6 minutes. Put the dough into a well greased bowl and rise for 20 minutes. Punch down the dough and form into two long loaves. Cut 3-5 diagonal slits on top of each loaf. Spread a thin layer of corn meal on top of a pizza peel or any other portable surface (such as a flat cutting board). Lay the two loaves on top of the corn meal (the corn meal will prevent the loaves from sticking to the surface, making it possible to transfer the loaves to the baking stone or pan). Rise for 20 minutes. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees with the stone in the oven. After the loaves have risen, transfer the loaves to the heated stone. (If you are rising on a baking sheet pan and do not have a baking stone, just put the sheet pan in the preheated oven and bake for the same time) Quickly spray water on the top and bottom of the oven ten times before closing the oven door. Repeat every seven minutes or so. The steam created from the water will help form a nice crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes and serve warm. Enjoy!