As someone who has a grocery budget of only $350 for our family of 10, bread is a staple of nearly every meal we eat. Making your own bread is the most cost effective way to feed your family. But, you are also able to control the ingredients that go inside. French bread is our go-to bread for a quick and tasty addition to our meals.
This really is the best French bread ever, and did you realize how easy French bread can be to make? With just a few minutes of actual work, you can feed your family something you can feel good about. Not only that, with everyday ingredients, it’s super cheap to make!
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This recipe makes two good sized loaves using ingredients that you most likely already have on hand. No special ingredients needed.
Check out this easy recipe for some amazing French bread!
For this recipe you will need :
- 5 cups flour divided into 4 cups and 1 cup
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon molasses (optional)
- 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast (or two packets, but I buy my yeast in bulk)
- 2 cups warm water
Here’s what you need to do:
It really is as easy as putting everything (the 4 cups of flour) all together in your mixer and mixing together. Add up to the extra 1 cup of flour as needed, adding a little bit at a time.
Once you have the right consistency, a moist, kneadable dough, continue mixing for about 3 minutes.
At the end of the 3 minutes, you need to knead it for about 4 minutes. If you are a lucky gal like me and have a dough hook attachment for your mixer, this is even easier.
After kneading for 4 minutes, spray a bowl with cooking spray and add the dough, cover with a moist towel, and let rise for 45 minutes or so, until it is double in size.
Next, you need to remove the dough and separate into 2 equal portions. Shape them into long, thin loaves (about 2 1/2 inches in width), and place them on a tray, lined with a silpat to rise. If you don’t have a silpat, just spray your baking tray with cooking spray. Cut a few slits in the top of the loaves to allow steam to escape while baking.
Cover with the damp towel again, and let rise for another 30 minutes or so.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and when it reaches temperature put them in. They will bake for about 15 minutes.
*Note: In general a frugal tip is not to bother with preheating the oven. I hardly ever do and just put it in right away, keeping a closer eye on whatever is baking, however, this rule does not apply to breads – they can be a bit finicky.