Feeling Frenchy? Part 1

Last week we tried out 2 new recipes around here.  The first was French bread.  I decided I needed to figure out how to make this since I have yet to find a store that has peanut free French Bread 😦

The first thing I learned a bit late in the game is French Bread takes forever! (Note to self read to the VERY END of a recipe before starting paying particular attention to rising times!)  The second thing I learned is that there is an art to forming French bread rolls and I am going to have to work on that!

This recipe comes from Our Best Bites again.  (I told you I am loving their blog!)

French Bread, Hoagies and buns

1 TBS yeast

1 1/2 c. warm water

1 1/2 TBS sugar

1 tsp salt

4-5 1/2 cups flour

3 TBS vegetable oil

1 egg SEPARATED

2 TBS cold water

Combine yeast, water and sugar in large mixing bowl and allow to stand 10 min. or until bubbly.  Add salt, vegetable oil and egg yolk and combine.  Add 3 cups of flour and mix well until combined.  Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough that barely sticks to your finger knead, either by hand or in the mixer for another 2-3 minutes.  Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour 45 minutes.

Punch down dough.  Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.   From here either form into a loaf or divide equally 8-12 pieces and shape as desired.  Place on cookie sheet.  (its OK of they touch or will touch after having risen.  Cover and allow to rise another 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours or until doubled. 

Preheat oven to 375.  Mix egg white and water and brush over dough.  Bake for 10 minutes and repeat brushing the dough with the egg wash.

Bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

Just as the recipe on the website states these rolls smell HEAVENLY cooking even late at night! 🙂  Truthfully they weren’t hard just time-consuming.  I do need to figure out a better way to form them.  But I assume practice makes perfect!  They tasted great and were very soft on the inside.  I also have two in the freezer to see how they taste after being frozen at a later date!

Come back tomorrow for part two of Feeling Frenchy! 

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