Bread Machine French Bread

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I have been unsuccessful in the making of French bread until recently.  That is when I got a second hand bread machine and found this recipe on the internet, found here:    Success!!!  I have learned to love my bread machine.  I don’t ever bake my bread in it; I just mix the dough in it.  Then I put the rolls, French bread, wheat bread, etc. in my pans and bake them in my own oven.  It’s the best.  Here is a great way to make homemade French bread.
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Step 1:

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Bread machine
Baking sheet
Rolling Pin
Pie pan
Pastry brush
1½ cups water
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 Tbs. dry milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups bread flour
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. active dry yeast (1 pkg.)
1 egg white, whisked with 1 Tbs. cold water

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Remove the mixing pan from the bread machine.  Make sure the blade is in the pan

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Add the water,

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then the oil,

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then the sugar, salt and dry milk.  Food Science Lesson #1:  Why use dry milk?  Fresh milk has enzymes that will kill the yeast.  So you can never use fresh milk in bread making.  That is why you will find that recipes that use milk, will require you to scald the milk, then, let it cool.  The scalding kills the enzymes, and the cooling keeps the heat from killing the yeast.  Dried milk has no active enzymes and you can add it to cool/warm not hot water.
lisa.loudon27 days ago

Love this recipe. I make it just about every weekend. I divide it into 2 loafs and put in a double french loaf pan. One loaf gets eaten hot out the oven and the leftovers make great croutons for salad or breadcrumbs. So good!!!

Okara1 year ago
This sounds like a great recipe!

I am always looking to find that perfect combination of ingredients to create the crusty on the outside, tender soft on the inside loaf like the ones I picked up on my one and only trip to France. A true french bread requires French-milled wheat, water, salt and yeast. That's it!.Very hard to find the right wheat in North America, so I usually end up having to experiment and adjust to get something close. And there is even a difference between Canadian wheat which is a harder wheat than American. This means that most bread recipes (also cake, cookies, etc.) need adjusting.

For bread machine users, the "Canada's Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes", written by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt, solved the problem for me. My bread bible! 1 recipe per page, plenty of photos AND all recipes give measurements for Canadian and American versions in an easy to read format. The main difference in the recipes is usually in the amounts of flour one uses.
So if you see a copy of this cookbook, grab it! (I have no personal interest in promoting this book, just a penchant for sharing info with fellow bread fanatics). Cheers and bon appetit!
craftknowitall (author)  Okara1 year ago
Thanks for you comments. I knew this wasn't REAL French bread, but my kids love it and it works for us.
mguer1332 years ago
I am sorry but this has nothing to do with french bread (you probably mean baguette).

Ingredients should not be anything else but : 1½ cups water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups bread flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. active dry yeast (1 pkg.)

no oil, butter, sugar or eggs.

The most important is to leave the dough to rise once for 30/45 min, press it down with your hand, ply edges to the center, rolls it on your working surface to form a ball (approximatly 200 to 250g).
Then you want to spread your fingers and press the ball down while rolling it up and down.
This should form the baguette shape. This is a very essential part of the proccess (the shaping).
You then leave it to rise 20 more minutes. Preheat the oven at 425°F and bake it for 15 minutes. The crust will form with a little steam (pour water on the bottom of the hot oven and shut the door straight away).
vmataka2 years ago
that looks yummy, we love french bread, it so crunchy, love this, will definetely do it one day to surprise my frens & family....once thank u for posting the recipe, do learn a lot about baking bread............
craftknowitall (author)  vmataka2 years ago
You are welcome.
mygibzone3 years ago
I hope you don't mind, but I linked your recipe to my instructable.
If you would like me to remove it let me know!
craftknowitall (author)  mygibzone3 years ago
Sounds like a good combination. I appreciate you letting me know.