My First Attempt At Making Bread! Quick and Easy French Bread

My First Loaf!

Bread has always been an intimidating, scary area of baking for me; the concept of kneading is downright frightening. Since receiving my new KitchenAid Standing Mixer, I have decided to let go of my fears since this nifty kitchen gadget can do all of the kneading for me!

This recipe was great for beginners! Simple, direct, and yielding excellent results. My family is bread lovers; being Italian, bread is served at essentially every dinner. When my dad told me that this bread was excellent, I knew that I was on to something! The bread is perfect: not to light, and perfectly heavy. The interior is soft with a nice and perfectly crispy exterior. It pairs perfectly with some butter, margarine, or some olive oil!

This recipe is from Urban Strawberries! Thanks for the phenomenal bread!

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. salt
5 1/2 cups flour
1 egg white (or 2 Tbsp olive oil)

Directions
Preheat oven to 450*F.

In a large bowl, mix warm water and yeast until yeast has dissolved.  Next add sugar, salt and flour. Knead ingredients together till it’s a soft uniform dough.

Now place a thin towel over the bowl with the dough in it and let it rise in a warm place for 15-30 minutes.

Seperate dough into two, and begin shaping dough into long loaves, and place on a baking sheet.

Make slits with a knife and brush with egg white or olive oil. If you are garnishing with herbs or cheese, do so now.

Cover the dough with the towel once more and let rise 5 minutes or so (the longer the better).

Remove towel, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops are brown and crusty.

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