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Fabulous French Bread in under 2 Hours!

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A friend of mine showed me this recipe and since then I've made it countless times. It's amazing! I broke it down into several steps but don't let that scare you from trying it- the steps are easy! The result is both gorgeous and delicious- a winning combination in my book! 

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Step 1: Ingredients

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Yield: 2 loaves
  • 1 TBSP shortening
  • 1 TBSP coarse salt {or 1/2 TBSP regular salt}
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 TBSP yeast
  • 5 - 6 cups white all purpose flour {I used bread flour}
  • 2 rounded TBSP dough enhancer {my addition}
  • 1 egg
I used a KitchenAid mixer to make my bread. It's certainly not necessary but it does help with the whole trying to go fast and save time thing. 

Step 1: Place the 1 cup hot water in the microwave for 3 minutes to get it boiling.

Step 2: Dissolve the yeast into the warm water. Stir it around until it is all mixed.

Step 3: Combine the salt, shortening, and sugar in the bottom of your mixer with a fork. The dough hook doesn't work very well. You need to smash up the mixture until it resembles the picture above. {I used my whisk attachment on high. It took about a minute and was perfect.}

Step 4: Pour the boiling water over the shortening mixture. Mix slightly to combine.

Step 5: Pour the cold water in next.

Step 6: Then pour the warm water and yeast into the mixer.

Step 7: Begin to add the flour, one cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the side of your mixer. Add the dough enhancer at this time, along with the flour. The dough should be balmy but not sticky.

Step 8:  Let the dough mix on high for 8 minutes.

I tired your recipe and I must say I'm rather impressed with the quality of the bread.

It does not quite have the same texture and flavor of classic french bread, however you really can not get those without a long slow rise and lots of activity from the yeast.

I added 2 tbsp of Powered sour dough flavor (all natural flavoring made from dry powdered sour dough starter, just google it, there is a King named Aurthur that sells the type I like >.> )
The addition of the sour dough starter powder was excellent! gave the bread just the light fermented flavor I was missing.

Great Instructable! 5 Starts.
Orngrimm1 year ago
Simple, looks very good and seems not to take too much efffort to make.
Summary in a single word: Perfect! :)
Whyyyyyyy did you have to post this? It's too good to resist, though I'm trying to cut down on my (over-)consumption of butter!
LOLOLOL! I do apologize! ;) You have to agree though- homemade bread NEEDS real butter!
No argument at all from here. I suppose (insert heavy martyred sigh) I'll just have exercise. Dangit.
tinpie1 year ago
LOOKS FANTASTIC....can't wait to try out this receipt